Civic ArtWorks

Civic ArtWorks Empowering City Design CIVIC ARTWORKS, INC. is an award-winning neighborhood building company. We are a team of planners, designers, educators and technologists that create tools that empower citizens to play an active role in the processes that make positive change happen in the places they love.

We help municipalities who want to successfully engage more of their constituents; mission-driven civic organizations charged with making an impact that benefits those they serve; planning, design and engineering companies who want to cost-effectively engage the public in the communities they are working with; and land developers needing aggregated data that will help them make smart, economical decisions. We do this by improving the ways in which we (i) educate citizens about the elements that make up their neighborhood and the processes they can be an active part of in order to improve it; (ii) engage with each other in order to transition good ideas and intentions into a successful built reality.

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Happy  #OnTheTable2017 Chicago! With the support of The Chicago Community Trust, we are excited to partner with Chicago ...
05/16/2017
Find an On the Table in Your Community – On the Table

Happy #OnTheTable2017 Chicago! With the support of The Chicago Community Trust, we are excited to partner with Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers's team as they conduct #OTT2017 conversations in 20 of the city’s 77 community areas. New ideas will become actionable campaigns within the Municipal App where they can receive support & feedback from others and help the The Chicago Community Trust and Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers turn them into a reality.

Find an On the Table in your neighborhood and join the conversation! https://onthetable.com/guest/

is brought to life through the imagination and energy of the thousands of people who choose to host each year. Each host’s unique vision shapes the conversation, and brings guests to the table.

"For one, the whole realm of social enterprise — for-profit startups that seek to solve real social problems — has a hug...
01/06/2014
When Tech Culture And Urbanism Collide

"For one, the whole realm of social enterprise — for-profit startups that seek to solve real social problems — has a huge overlap with urban issues. Impact Engine in Chicago, for instance, is an accelerator squarely focused on meaningful change and profitable businesses. One of their companies, Civic ArtWorks, has set as its goal rebalancing the community planning process."
- John Tolva

The city is the most complex machine ever invented. Running optimally, the city generates opportunity and provides a platform for interaction, ideas, and improvement. As a concept, the city has been iterated-upon, smashed and burnt to the ground, rebuilt, deliberately-designed, haphazardly-organized...

It is a sign of even greater wisdom to offer those same people the opportunity to play an integral role in the design of...
12/30/2013

It is a sign of even greater wisdom to offer those same people the opportunity to play an integral role in the design of that same city.

- and it is time that the people were given more opportunity to do so today.
12/10/2013

- and it is time that the people were given more opportunity to do so today.

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Civic ArtWorks received the 2013 American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter "Community Outreach Award" for A Visio...
10/14/2013

Civic ArtWorks received the 2013 American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter "Community Outreach Award" for A Vision for Division during the APA-Chicago Metro Section Conference on October 4th. It was a pleasure and inspiration working alongside so many passionate Village of Plainfield IL citizens. What we learned from them and the issues we faced along Division Street (IL Route 59) will help us as we build better ways in which to "empower community design". (L-R: Peter Jabbour (CAW); Zach Borders (CAW); Michael Garrigan (Village Planner-Plainfield); Derek Patton (CAW); Courtney Kashima (APA Illinois President)

09/20/2013
American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter

The announcement has now been posted. The citizens of the Village of Plainfield IL and Civic ArtWorks win this year's American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter Community Outreach Award for A Vision for Division! Congratulations to all of the winning organizations and communities!

2013 APA-IL AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED! Congrats to:

*Best Practices - Kane County Planning Cooperative 2040 Plan *Implementation and South Suburban Retail Investment Study
*Community Outreach - A Vision for Division
*Daniel Burnham Outstanding Comprehensive Plan - Illinois Transportation Plan
*Implementation - Chicago Heights Active Transportation Plan
*Strategic Plan - Prairie Grove Town Center and Transit Oriented Development Plan
*Student Project - Elmwood Parks Diversey Avenue Plan
*Sustainability - Growing Green-Park Forest Sustainability Plan

For a complete description and awards reception information:
http://www.ilapa.org/awards.html

09/20/2013

We just received word that the American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter has chosen A Vision for Division as this year's Community Outreach Award winner. Alongside the people of the Village of Plainfield IL who helped us craft the Vision, we are extremely honored and excited to have been recognized!

09/05/2013
Chuck Templeton revs up for Round 2 of Impact Engine

"But its unique in its focus on startups that can both do well and do good — building companies that are successful businesses but also focused on solving or impacting broader social problems."

Impact Engine, a boot camp for startups with both social and for-profit missions, has picked its sophomore class.

The Civic ArtWorks team is very excited to announce that we have been selected to be a part of Impact Engine's second cl...
09/05/2013
Impact Engine Announces Second Class - Impact Engine

The Civic ArtWorks team is very excited to announce that we have been selected to be a part of Impact Engine's second class! This mission-based business accelerator focuses on for-profit companies working to bring about positive change in the world. During the four month program we will be working diligently to build and improve upon the means in which we "empower community design". We also look forward to learning from and working alongside seven other great companies who were also chosen to be a part of this year's program. Starting September 30th, we will be moving our operations to 1871, Chicago's digital co-working space for designers, engineers, and entrepreneurs located within the Merchandise Mart. If you would like to hear more about what we are up to and what we have in store for the future sign-up for our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dHa-/

CHICAGO, September 5, 2013 — Mission-focused accelerator Impact Engine invited eight early stage companies to participate in its second program focused on businesses creating societal and environmental change. This year’s class includes startups using technology to address a wide range of issues, fr...

Founded on August 27, 2013
03/01/2012

Founded on August 27, 2013

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