Arts and Planning Division

Arts and Planning Division

The Arts and Planning Division (APD) provides a forum for identifying, developing, and refining tools that promote the integration of arts and culture into community development and planning. This includes work in areas like creative placemaking and placekeeping, cultural planning, public art planning, cultural economic development, and zoning pertaining to arts uses and facilities.


About the Arts and Planning Division


APD envisions a just and equitable planning profession and practice where arts and culture are integral parts of a thriving community.


The mission of the Arts & Planning Division (APD) of the American Planning Association is to transform the planning profession through arts and culture.


To accomplish the mission, APD fosters an interest in, contributes knowledge to, and promotes cooperation to enhance the intersection of arts, culture, and planning. APD will incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategies to address historical societal inequities and ensure robust participation by all segments of a community. APD will use the following strategies to build collaboration between planners and arts and culture allies:

  • Facilitate planning partnerships with arts and culture practitioners.
  • Provide a forum for those working at the intersection of arts, planning, and equity to network and learn from each other;s work.
  • Offer learning opportunities that highlight trends, challenges and solutions related to the arts and planning fields.
  • Advance the goals and values of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics.

If you would like more information, please contact the organizer:

Annis Sengupta, Chair
Director of Arts and Culture
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, MA


Upcoming Events

creative placemaking leadership summit co-sponsored by the Arts and Planning Division

Join 250 other professionals and explore exciting creative placemaking work being done in Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Lower Manhattan, and other nearby parts of the New York Metro area at the upcoming 2023 Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Summit.

APA Members receive 50% off the in-person full registration and one-day registration.



About the NEMA Creative Placemaking Summit

Since 2014, the Creative Placemaking Summits have served more than 4,000 people from around the United States and several other countries. Many participants are leaders in the worlds of arts, community economic development, cultural heritage, urban planning, land use, and of course, placemaking.

The NEMA Summit is more than a conference. It is a pop-up center on innovative and effective approaches to help communities through the lens of arts and cultural ecosystems. It inspires you to create new and valuable connections, opens opportunities for collaboration and broadens your experience.

The NEMA Summit will be held at the Culinary Conference Center of Hudson County Community College. In Jersey City, NJ.

Expand your creative placemaking toolbox through workshops, get and share big ideas in Strategic Conversations, sharpen your planning and design skills through Strategy Labs, or go on tours to see interesting things happening in the area.

The 2023 Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is produced by:

  • Creative Placemaking Communities
  • Dennison Associates
  • Jersey City Theater Center
  • Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Jersey City Department of Community Development


Annis Sengupta, PhD | Chair

Philip Barash | Vice Chair

Julie Burros | Treasurer

Brittany Delany | Secretary

Cheryl Derricotte, AICP | Professional Development

Patricia Walsh | Membership

Jessica Wallen | Communications

Ethan Ellestad | Policy

Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP | Immediate Past Chair

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP | Advisor


Joshua Heim

Angela Puerta

Mary Davis Wallace

Claudia Zarazua

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