Fellow to help target arts investments in low-income communities in Baltimore
September 22, 2015 Baltimore, MD – The Reinvestment Fund announced this week the appointment of Rebecca Chan as its Creative Placemaking Fellow. The new position supports The Reinvestment Fund’s arts and culture lending activities in Baltimore by creating and fostering linkages across the creative economy of the city.
Arts and culture is a core sector of comprehensive community planning and development, and helps to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. As the Creative Placemaking Fellow, Ms. Chan will develop and pilot a strategy for targeting arts investments in low-income communities where they can catalyze and build on other complementary efforts to revitalize distressed neighborhoods.
“Rebecca’s field of expertise lies at the interface of cultural heritage, preservation of the built environment, and community development” said Dana Johnson, The Reinvestment Fund’s Vice President and Market Leader. “We are pleased to have her support our efforts in Baltimore and hopefully create a model for what can be done in other cities seeking to integrate arts and community development.”
In addition to working with The Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Chan currently serves as Program Officer at the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, a Baltimore-based philanthropic organization that exists to promote innovation in science and technology, arts, education, and social justice. Her experience includes serving as the Program Director of Station North Arts & Entertainment Inc., where she managed two international street art festivals, oversaw programming at four public spaces in the Station North Arts District, and co-produced the 2012 National Symposium on Arts/Cultural/Entertainment Districts, and its sequel, the 2013 Artists & Neighborhood Change Conference. Rebecca holds an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Supported by the Kresge Foundation and the Surdna Foundation, The Reinvestment Fund established the fellowship to focus on a strategy to incorporate best practices for financing the arts in distressed neighborhoods in a way that builds community among new and existing residents.
About The Reinvestment Fund
The Reinvestment Fund is a national leader in rebuilding America’s distressed towns and cities through the innovative use of capital and information. The Reinvestment Fund has made $1.5 billion in community investments since 1985. A community development financial institution, The Reinvestment Fund finances a variety of projects and activities including food access, health care, education and housing, to build healthy communities in under-invested places. The Reinvestment Fund also provides public policy expertise by helping clients create actionable solutions and by sharing data and analysis via www.PolicyMap.com. The Reinvestment Fund is rated AA by Standard and Poor and AAA+1 by Aeris.