SPARCC is a three-year, $90 million initiative to amplify locally driven efforts to ensure that major new infrastructure investments lead to equitable, healthy opportunities for everyone. SPARCC is investing in the ideas, energy, and momentum of local networks to positively shape our cities and regions for generations. SPARCC is a joint initiative of Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the Low Income Investment Fund, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, and with funding support from the Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The California Endowment.
SPARCC seeks to help regions refine and integrate their vision for the future, where the policies and practices that shape the built environment address the issues of racial equity, health, and climate resiliency. Local leaders know that while typically tackled separately these issues are deeply intertwined. When big regional or citywide investments are made residents are often not part of the process to determine how their neighborhoods are shaped. SPARCC is designed to help regions find leverage points where investments can advance change on all of these issues.
As the lead creative placemaking consultant, I have overseen the systemic integration of local arts, culture, creativity, and design across this initiative providing a combination of content expertise to SPARCC partners and grantees.