Creative Placemaking from the Community Up

You'll learn about:

  • Creative placemaking grounded in equity and racial justice that builds on local culture

  • Case studies in diverse urban and rural contexts in Arizona, California, Kentucky, New Jersey, and New York

  • Sharing tools and resources that have grown out of this work 

  • The results of a national knowledge-building process, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program 

The session explores creative placemaking that is grounded in values of equity, inclusion, racial justice, and mutual accountability, and that deepens belonging and strengthens civic engagement. Case studies from Newark, Los Angeles, NYC, Tucson, Oakland, and Kentucky (statewide) illustrate creative forms of participatory planning and community engagement. Our diverse group of presenters, all funded by the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program, will bring multiple perspectives, including arts and culture, planning, local government, and philanthropy. We will share lessons learned through coming together over this year on a collaborative inquiry about how arts and culture can be integral to anti-displacement strategies, health equity, racial justice, housing, and access to public space. We will discuss what we have learned about building effective partnerships and sustaining cross-sector collaborations, how to build upon and strengthen the cultural assets that already exist in communities, and how to fully engage artists in planning. You will leave with resources to inform your own work in integrating arts and culture, including: case studies, cultural asset mapping tools, creative methodologies for community engagement, questions to ask at the start of a planning process, and indicators to assess impact.