We believe that the downtown is the heartbeat of the community and when the heart is strong then the other parts of the community will be alive and vibrant.
— Athens, TN Thriving Communities Team (2018)

Sparking growth from within

The Thriving Communities program is an intensive creative placemaking course designed to enhance leadership and community development throughout the region. Participating teams learn strategic approaches to leverage their artistic and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy.

At the end of the program, each team is eligible to apply for a seed grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation to implement their community vision.

The 10 month program guides leaders in revitalizing their communities, teaching them to:

  • IDENTIFY CULTURAL ASSETS

  • SPARK COLLECTIVE FEEDBACK

  • TEST BOLD IDEAS

  • REvise and repeat

Join the Thriving Communities network to ignite community vibrancy in your city!

 
 

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Thriving communities is made possible by the generous support of the


 
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AND THE RESOURCE TEAM, COMPRISED OF SEVERAL LEADERS from