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)

THRIVING COMMUNITIES

Thriving Communities program is a community accelerator program designed to enhance leadership and community development throughout the region through creative placemaking. Participating teams learn strategic approaches to leverage their artistic and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy and growth from within.

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

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 growth from within in your city! Read on for application guidelines.

 

 

2018 community signposts of success:

 
 

$100K+

Monetary and in-kind contributions


75+

Collaboration partners


 

100+

Artists engaged


75+

Out-of-town guest attendance


 

200+

Volunteers engaged

 

38+

Features in local media outlets


 
 
The Thriving Communities process has been about finding an identity. It was always there, but we needed to make the intangible tangible. We needed to find our voice, and Thrive has given us the platform to stand up and say, ‘This is who we are. This is where we want to go next.
— Susan Jarrett, Whitwell, TN
 

GRASSROOTS CHANGE


A visual capture of two Georgia communities that have seen results through creative placemaking.


Thriving communities is made possible by the generous support of the


 
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AND THE RESOURCE TEAM, COMPRISED OF SEVERAL LEADERS from