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Town of Pendleton an example of “powerful placemaking”

In 2012, the Town of Pendleton, South Carolina, received a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant of $25,000.  The town, along with Clemson Little Theatre and other local organizations, will collaborate on the design and master plan to renovate Pendleton's historic town square. Landscape architects and urban designers will be commissioned to propose a master plan for the square, including designs for the surrounding streetscape, public art and performance spaces to foster cultural activity. Pendleton's project is included in the article, "Four Examples of Powerful Placemaking" on The Atlantic Cities website: "A little-known but very interesting government agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, is quietly leveraging small amounts of financial assistance to make a big difference in helping communities across the country become stronger and more alive. Whether in Portland, Maine, Pendleton, South Carolina, the Kewa Pueblo in New Mexico, or another of the scores of locations that its Our Town program is assisting in all 50 states, the agency believes "creative placemaking" can strengthen "community identity and a sense of place, and help revitalize local economies." Read the entire article. [caption id="attachment_3445" align="alignright" width="479"]Pendleton Town Square Pendleton Town Square, courtesy of Let Ideas Compete/Flickr[/caption] Via: The Atlantic Cities, National Endowment for the Arts