About planBTV South End and
Arts and Community Engagement

planBTV: South End was a creative placemaking engagement project implemented to address  the rapid growth and change in Burlington’s South End. Burlington City Arts and the Department of Planning and Zoning applied for, and received, an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the engagement effort. The goal of engagement for planBTV: South End was to bring as many voices into the planning and visioning process as possible, with special attention to those who may not typically participate in community meetings.  The arts often have the capacity to develop meaningful involvement with community by incorporating the unique interactions and perspectives inherent to artistic processes. Augmenting more traditional engagement strategies such as public meetings, some arts projects for planBTV South End engaged specific demographics  such as youth, residents and artists, to facilitate alternative participation in the process; others reference specific issues related to safety, transportation, lake access and storm water management, and others make metaphoric gestures towards the concept of a community in transition.What has been made clear throughout the planning process is the value artists and the creative industries contribute to the vibrancy and health of the South End, and the urgency of preserving studio spaces to ensure that innovation and creativity continues to flourish and support what people love. Many of these projects by South End Artists will continue to inform aspirations for the future of the ever-changing South End.

About Burlington’s South End

The South End is home to:
6,439 residents
472 businesses with 6,383 workers

While there are thousands of residents and hundreds of businesses in the South End, parts of the South End have historically been zoned as Industrial. The initial industrial boon has given way to a new wave of manufacturing businesses, including Burton Snowboards and Lake Champlain Chocolates, as well as artists who have studios and manufacturing in post-industrial spaces.

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