Activating Vacancy is an art and public interest design initiative where residents work alongside artists and designers to investigate, strengthen, and share a community’s unique history; engage in the development of a physical and social framework for cultural activities; and plan for the renewal and growth of the neighborhood. Collaborations included art installations, performances and other artistic actions that explore the cultural, social, political and economic life of a neighborhood. The Initiative began in Fall 2013 in the 10th Street Historic District of Dallas and was produced and curated in partnership with the Dallas CityDesign Studio. In 2017 [bc] completed the Activating Vacancy Arts Incubator project in partnership with the City of Brownsville, in historic Downtown Brownsville. [bc] has chosen two artists' proposals for the Activating Vacancy Downtown Dallas project, which will take place in the Fall of 2017.