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

Seth Beattie

Cleveland, Ohio


Seth Beattie serves as CPAC’s Strategic Initiative Director. Seth’s primary duty is overseeing development and design of Artists in Residence, a two-year pilot program that is exploring artist-based community development within the city of Cleveland. Through the initiative, Seth will be charged with developing a micro-loan and micro-grant program available to artists in Cleveland’s North Shore Collinwood neighborhood and will also be working to serve the needs of artists and community development professionals citywide. He has previously worked on the development of CPAC’s From Rust Belt to Artist Belt conference series and Creative Workforce Fellowship program. Seth was the recipient of a 2008 – 2009 Robert Bosch Fellowship, an award that allowed him to work in Germany for a year, addressing social inclusion efforts for the European Capital of Culture, providing support research to Hofmann von Sell for a proposed film school in Kampala and analyzing cultural development strategies in deindustrializing cities. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Relations from Franklin College and his Master’s of Public Administration from the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, where he explored the role of arts in advancing social equity practices within government.


Small Change in an Epic-Scale Neighborhood

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 4:15 pm
Lower Level : Room B

In neighborhoods like Cleveland’s North Shore Collinwood, decades of history, both good and bad, can leave a lasting impression and reputation. Through the new programs Artists in Residence and Collinwood Rising, local organizations are exploring whether artists can play a role in shifting perceptions about an “epic” neighborhood and can help get more people directly engaged in revitalizing this kind of community. This session will explore how small loans and grants are being provided to support artists who want to tackle pressing community issues. We’ll take a look at the Artists in Residence and Collinwood Rising models, the neighborhood issues these programs are attempting to address and how the partners in the program are working to measure change. We’ll also focus in on how artists fit into North Shore Collinwood’s overall efforts to combat vacancy and the national implications of this strategy.