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Art, culture, and creativity can contribute to creating equitable and engaged communities that offer opportunity to all.

Martin Luther King Jr Park

About Creative Community Development

When residents, NEST, artists, culture-bearers, and other partners harness the power of culture, art, and creativity to collectively catalyze social, physical, and economic transformation in their neighborhoods.  

Why is Creative Community Development Critical in Rebuilding Neighborhoods?


Foster Collaboration

Creative community development brings people together, encouraging collaboration between residents, artists, entrepreneurs, and local organizations. By working together, we can pool our talents and resources to revitalize our neighborhoods.


Empower Local Voices

Everyone has a unique story to tell and valuable insights to offer. Through creative community development, we provide a platform for local voices to be heard, ensuring that the vision and needs of the community are at the forefront of any rebuilding initiatives.


Enhance Cultural Identity

Neighborhoods are a reflection of the people who live there. By incorporating art, music, storytelling, and other creative expressions, we celebrate the rich cultural diversity that makes our communities unique. This helps to preserve and enhance the cultural identity of the neighborhood during the rebuilding process.


Promote Economic Growth

By investing in local artists and creative entrepreneurs, we stimulate job creation and attract new businesses to the area. This not only revitalizes the economy but also creates a sense of pride and ownership among community members.


Improve Quality of Life

By investing in creative community development, we create spaces that promote social interaction, well-being, and a sense of belonging. This improves the overall quality of life for everyone in the neighborhood.

Past Projects


Garden Art Boards


Garden Mural


Little Free Pantry

Make Music Day Waterbury

Build With US

Join us in rebuilding neighborhoods through Creative Community Development! 

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