CREATIVE PLACEMAKING: Thinking Beyond Projects
In the words of a recent National Endowment for the Arts report, Creative Placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.
Arts and culture have been a part of community revitalization and economic development strategies for years. Creative Placemaking is more than a new term for this effort -- at its highest levels, it involves a new way of thinking about the role of creativity in making society more sustainable. It is not just about doing projects -- it is also about the thinking behind the projects and about making stronger connections between creative, community and economic development.
Learn from experts and practitioners who have been at the heart of efforts to use creativity to grow communities and get a sneak peek at Creative Placemaking in action. Our three panelists will provide some helpful examples of what they have done in their communities:
Steve Dalhberg, is director of the Connecticut-based International Centre for Creativity and Imagination, vice president of innovation for Future Workplace, and faculty of "Creativity + Social Change" at the University of Connecticut.
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP is the Director of Arts Build Communities at Rutgers University. He will discuss Rutgers¹ community coaching program and ABC¹s new Master Practitioner Certificate Program in creative placemaking.
The Wormfarm Institute in Sauk County, Wisconsin, is rural creative placemaking at its best. It's a 40-acre organic vegetable farm and creative hub, begun 15 years ago by artists Jay Salinas and Donna Neuwirth. Wormfarm aims to recreate the link that once existed between culture and agriculture with innovative and intuitive efforts that center around a sense of the land and the community.
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