Success: Lansing Adado Riverfront Park 

Client: Lansing, Michigan

Project Name: Adado Riverfront Park Improvement Plan

Description: The City of Lansing is engaged in planning major improvements to Adado Riverfront Park, including a permanent outdoor entertainment area and performing arts stage that will provide a much-needed venue for cultural activities and festivals that will benefit the entire metro Lansing region. Funding will be used to conduct community charrettes to help create a shared vision for the park and to contract an architecture firm for initial designs. Phase One of the project is now complete.

Funding Awarded: 

  • NEA Art Works Grant - $40,000 (2016)

Success: North Hempstead stepping stone lighthouse

Client: North Hempstead, New York

Project Name: Stepping Stone Lighthouse: First Steps to Rehabilitation 

Description: Built in Second Empire-style brick in 1877, the historic Stepping Stones Lighthouse was modernized in 1944. The project will make critical repairs to halt further deterioration of the lighthouse and launch an educational campaign.

Funding Awarded:

  • NPS Maritime Heritage Grant - $165,000 (2015)


Art and culture have a direct link to the vibrancy communities. The arts have the potential to positively impact the evolution of places over time. They provide the opportunity to build stronger connections and bring people together to share their stories. These opportunities lead to insight and a shared sense of community, and in turn lay the groundwork for cultural and community traditions while inviting neighborhood investment. Sustainable Strategies DC has helped communities integrate the arts in a number of ways:

Success: Martin County Ripple Project

Client: Martin County, Florida

Project Name: Ripple Project

Description: The Ripple Project is a unique combination of stormwater treatment, artistic elements and community engagement. The project will use attractive landscaping and green infrastructure, as well as public art such as sculptures and murals that reflect the community and environment. Ripple will transform the stormwater treatment area into an aesthetically-pleasing, environmentally-friendly public space.

Funding Awarded:

  • NEA Our Town Grant - $50,000 (2014)

  • NEA Our Town Grant - $50,000 (2015)

Sustainable Strategies DC is a government affairs & strategic consulting firm helping communities obtain resources for revitalization & key priorities.