Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis


Convening Photos!

To see full album of Convening and Cherokee Street photos by Lois Ingrum, visit

Coming Together

The first day of a conference reminds me of the first day of school. You walk up to the check-in desk, smile, give your name, the person searches for you, you continue to stand there smiling, the person finds you … Continue reading

Meet Rustbelt/Crossroads Blogger Cheeraz Gormon

Cheeraz Gormon is a life-long activist, internationally touring spoken word artist and published poet, documentary photographer turned award-winning copywriter to organic creative brand strategist, curriculum developer, program facilitator and studying cultural anthropologist who took her parents and mentors words seriously … Continue reading


OPEN Artist Emily Squires invites you to join OPEN – an evolving workshop, an art piece, a performance, a call for participation, a platform for voice – at Rustbelt to Artist Belt : At the Crossroads. In the Rustbelt/Crossroads registration … Continue reading

Meet Rustbelt/Crossroads Blogger De Nichols

De Andrea Nichols is a communications designer, consultant, and social venturist dedicated to the development of creative social change initiatives within youth communities. A 2011 CAT Institute graduate, she holds a BFA in Communication Design from the Sam Fox School of Design and Art at Washington University … Continue reading

Call for Poster Session Submissions

Now accepting proposals for Poster Sessions! Deadline is March 9, 2012. Poster sessions are valuable opportunities to share your work in a visually dynamic presentation that combines both text and graphics. Posters allow you to advertise, inform, and advocate diverse perspectives related … Continue reading

Let’s keep in touch!

Did you attend Rust Belt to Artist Belt III? Would you like to stay in contact with other attendees? Maybe you want to get in touch with interesting people from the conference, but didn’t grab every single person’s business card. … Continue reading

RBABIII is over, but DC3 is not asleep!

“This is so great! But what are we going to do?”

It might seem like things are quite right now, but in actuality that’s because there’s so much behind the scenes that needs to happen in order to move forward. We’re thinking seriously about the findings of Rust Belt to Artist Belt III, as well as applying what we’ve learned to our future programs and coordinating with conference participants and attendees in order to better implement some of these ideas. Continue reading

Early Bird Registration Tickets Going Fast

To keep things efficient, we’re going to do a quick cut and paste of the press release that we shared with our media partners earlier today. Enjoy the reading. And… Register today (, before it’s too late! DETROIT, March 16, … Continue reading

A Nice Endorsement

We just posted this on our Detroit Creative Corridor Center blog (, but thought it would be good to post it over here, too.  Double impact, howbout that! Last week, we were pleased to hear Mayor Dave Bing tell business leaders … Continue reading

Speakers, Speakers and Speakers

Good news from the content development front: we continue to confirm speakers, and will do a major site update shortly to share their work, bios and other interesting facts.  These speakers add deep community connections and on-the-ground experience, offering a … Continue reading

Detroit wins Rust Belt artist conference

Event highlights industrial cities’ assets Read full article in Crains Detroit Business Detroit has won a bid to host the third From Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference, an event showcasing the assets Midwestern industrial cities have to support artists … Continue reading

The Creative Supply Chain

The Detroit Creative Corridor Center is gearing up to bring you the 3rd annual Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference April 6-7, at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. The Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference originated in … Continue reading