Category Archives: Arts & Cultural Abundance

November 10, 2020

Rebuilding the Heart of the Community

Back in the early 1970s, Pat Lockwood fell in love with a small town in mid-Michigan. She moved to Fenton, and soon thereafter, the community passed a ballot initiative to close Leroy Street and level much of the historic downtown…
June 4, 2020

Foundations for community wealth: our four pillars

As we evolve the Michigan Municipal League’s work into community wealth building, we’ve organized our approach into four focus areas, or “pillars.” These four pillars work together to support healthy and thriving communities, and can be found at various scales.…
April 30, 2020

Creativity that Connects Us

The stay-at-home order has made such a difference for so many staying healthy during the pandemic, but, if we’re being honest, it’s been hard. We’ve felt disconnected, and sometimes bored. We miss our friends, our families and our coworkers. We…
April 26, 2020

Building Community Through Making Things

“Jiffy" Mix featured prominently in my childhood in Chelsea. Visually, of course, as the Chelsea Milling Co’s grain elevators loom over downtown, and also culturally: Jiffy factory tours were a regular elementary school field trip, and the annual Chelsea Fair Parade…
April 26, 2020

What’s on Your Plate Lately?

Food security is deeply embedded in local economic and financial stability, a core tenet of community wealth building, for both households and food producers. During the coronavirus pandemic, that kind of surety is ever more important for Michigan residents as we…
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