Case Studies

Dance Place has been cited by a variety of partners, funders and research institutions for our best practices in creative placemaking, presentations and youth programs. We’re pleased to share some of these studies with you.


Dance Place’s 8th St Arts Park cited an exemplar for creative placemaking by the Trust for Public Land and City Parks Alliance

Dance Place’s 8th St Arts Park is featured in The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking, a collection of studies by Matthew Goode commissioned by the Trust for Public Land and City Parks Alliance. Goode writes, “The 8th St Arts Park has brought culture from inside the walls of the cultural institution to the outside, figuratively and literally.”



Kresge Case Study Features Dance Place

Dance Place is delighted to share with you the case study commissioned by the Kresge Foundation to highlight Dance Place’s leading creative placemaking activities within Brookland / Edgewood.



National Endowment for the Arts “Exploring Our Town” website profiles Dance Place

Dance Place was proud to receive one of the first “Our Town” grants from National Endowment for the Arts in 2012 to support our Art on 8th community programming. The Our Town program is intended to support creative placemaking efforts throughout the country that unite non-profits and local government agencies in achieving positive change within neighborhoods. The NEA’s Exploring Our Town website examines our first years of Art on 8th programming by posing the question: “How can artistic programming help to strengthen the image of a neighborhood in transition?”

Read the answer here! >>


Carla Perlo featured on NEA Podcast

Making a neighborhood through art. Carla Perlo talks about how Dance Place’s open door policy helped transform an underserved neighborhood into a vital arts district.

Listen to podcast here >>


Congrats to Dance Place from the National Endowment for the Arts

Dance Place Director Deborah Riley welcomed Dr. Jane Chu, the new Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and Lionell Thomas, Director of the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, for a tour of our new facility this summer.

“Congratulations on the good work you are doing to make the arts meaningful to the community.” – Dr. Jane Chu