Clinton School Impact Minute: Atlas Community Studios

As a Clinton School student, Megan Grubb (’20) worked with Atlas Community Studios to develop a placemaking roadmap for the City of Cabot, Arkansas. The roadmap was designed to serve as an action plan to gather ideas and strategies from the people of Cabot on the future of their community.

Atlas Community Studios specializes in creative placemaking, a people-centered approach to creating economic and population growth through cultural and business amenities, concepts, and projects.

Grubb led community visioning sessions throughout Cabot with citizens, business owners, city employees, elected officials, and students. From these sessions, the Cabot Foundation for Arts & Culture nonprofit was formed and the city’s Cabot 2025 plan was set into motion.

Downtown Cabot was identified as an arts and entertainment district, which served as a catalyst for the Cabot Art Walk, transforming a wall near the municipal parking lot into an outdoor art gallery featuring murals by local artists.

The project has spawned a number of related events and developments, including a monthly Food Truck Frenzy, a newly developed dance studio, and the Firehouse Film Festival.

The Clinton School Impact Minute is a recurring segment with Little Rock Public Radio, highlighting the Clinton School’s field service impact in Arkansas.

Since 2004, Clinton School students have completed more than 600 field service projects with nearly 300 organizations in Arkansas alone, creating immediate and long-term impact for businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies across the state.



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