Catalyzing Livable Communities with Cultural Planning
You'll learn about:
- Ways in which cultural planning has stimulated cross-sector and cross-discipline innovations that are advancing planning outcomes in areas like open space, public health, community development, and economic development
- Innovative policies and tools emerging from cultural planning processes operating at the neighborhood, district, city, town, and regional scales
- Best practices for implementing a cultural planning process from conception to completion, including essential terminology about the arts and culture fields of practice and creative community engagement
Cultural planning is a place-based process that provides an exciting opportunity for planners to strengthen, leverage, and integrate arts and cultural resources as civic priorities. Creation of a cultural plan is a powerful method for infusing creativity into the menu of tools that planners use to advance livability objectives, such as economic prosperity, public health, social equity, and cultural vitality. This method applies to standalone plans and components of master planning, comprehensive planning, and neighborhood or district-level plans. Over the past five years, jurisdictions in different parts of the country have embarked on cultural planning projects and toolkits that demonstrate the practice as an effective planning approach to promoting livability. This session will provide best practices and lessons learned from completed plans that are well into implementation. The Boston Creates Cultural Plan aligned ideas, people, and resources around a shared vision and a comprehensive set of goals, strategies, and tactics for putting arts, culture, and creativity at the very heart of city life. The Arlington, MA Master Plan included a Heritage and Culture section that provided a baseline understanding of cultural assets and has generated follow-up planning and policy work. The Lawrence, KS cultural plan mapped ways for the cultural community to contribute to goals in transportation, education, human service, urban design, and local economic development. A series of flash presentations and panel discussions will examine best practices from these and other cultural planning projects, review key implementation activities, and discuss the ways in which these processes influence and intersect with other planning processes, goals, and objectives.
, University of Minnesota
Confirmed SpeakerTom Borrup, Ph.D. a long-time leader in the community based arts field is the founder of Creative Community Builders based in Minneapolis. He consults with cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrating arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook, remains the leading text in the field. As Executive Director of Minneapolis’ Intermedia Arts 1980 – 2002, Tom helped transform a diverse urban neighborhood while building a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization. Tom serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters in Arts and Cultural Leadership and teaches Cultural Planning for Drexel University. He earned his Ph.D. in Leadership and Change at Antioch University researching the social and organizational networks of arts and cultural districts.
, City of Boston
Confirmed SpeakerJulie Burros is the Chief of Arts and Culture for the city of Boston, a cabinet level position reporting directly to Mayor Martin J. Walsh. She oversees the office of Arts and Culture which houses the Boston Cultural Council and the Boston Art Commission. Her duties include heading up the creation of a Cultural Plan for Boston, oversight of grant making, grant seeking, public art, exhibitions and selected public programs and events. Formerly Burros was the director of Cultural Planning at the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, where she directed the creation of the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. Burros trained as a professional Urban Planner at Columbia University and was for many years a member of the AICP.
Confirmed SpeakerKara Elliott-Ortega is the Director of Planning and Policy for the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston. Her focus is the intersection of arts and culture with the built environment and community development, working most recently on Boston Creates, Boston's first cultural plan. She has previously worked with MIT's Community Innovators Lab on a community ownership plan for Project Row Houses in Houston, organized with the Hope District and the Boggs Center in Detroit, and managed strategic communications for the Society of Architectural Historians. Kara received a Master of City Planning and an Urban Design Certificate from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and received her B.A. from the University of Chicago.
, Metro Area Planning Council
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Sien Erickson serves as Manager of Arts & Culture at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving Metropolitan Boston. She heads the agency's newly formed Arts and Culture Division. Her planning expertise includes arts and culture, community visioning, housing, fair housing, economic development, transit-oriented development, and equity. Her prior positions included managing MAPC's Technical Assistance Program and serving as a regional planner in the Land Use Division. Her work has been recognized with awards from the APA Massachusetts Chapter. Ms. Erickson is the co-founder of the APA Arts and Planning Interest Group and has served on the APA's Diversity Task Force and People and Places Task Force. Her work has also been published in the Journal for Planning Education and Research. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Erickson worked as a grantmaker, facilitating funding to organizations working to advance the quality of life in the Commonwealth. She received her Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
, Town of Arlington
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Raitt serves as Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Arlington. She is an accomplished housing, community development, and planning professional who teaches, mentors, facilitates, and leads groups to success. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked for local and regional jurisdictions and served on local, regional, statewide, and national boards and commissions throughout her career. Prior to joining the Town of Arlington, Ms. Raitt oversaw the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's local and regional housing activities, including advising local and state officials on housing policy and programs. She provided technical assistance to local officials and other allied organizations to address a range of local needs and planning issues. While there she also served as Assistant Director for Land Use Planning, overseeing staff advancing housing, land use, economic development, zoning, and other local and regional projects. She also advanced the work of MAPC's eight subregional councils by overseeing the eight subregional coordinators and their respective efforts. Prior to joining MAPC, Ms. Raitt served as Executive Director for North Shore Housing Trust (now Harborlight Community Partners) where she developed affordable housing throughout Essex County and advanced local and regional affordable housing initiatives. She also worked as Community Development Director for the Town of Amesbury and as an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader for a community land trust in Holyoke, MA. Ms. Raitt has earned many awards: the American Planning Association (APA) MA Chapter Social Advocacy Award (2015); Massachusetts Municipal Association Kenneth Pickard Innovation Award (2012); APA MA Chapter Statewide Planning Project Award (2011); MetroWest Collaborative Regional Spirit Award (2010); APA Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Housing and Community Development (2004-2010); City of Salem, MA Dedicated Service to Affordable Housing Trust Fund Board of Trustees (2009); MA Governor's Award for Smart Growth Leadership and Implementation (2004); APA Outstanding Planning Project Award (2004); U.S. Conference of Mayors Best Practices Citation (1999). Education and Professional Affiliations Ms. Raitt holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from The New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Documentary Studies from University of Massachusetts Amherst. She holds certifications in facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change and is a certified mediator through the Massachusetts Attorney General Office of Consumer Affairs. Her leadership appointments include serving as a board member of Citizens' Housing and Planning Association and member of the APA Legislative and Policy Committee. Ms. Raitt also serves on the MA Municipal Association Municipal and Regional Policy Committee. Ms. Raitt is also an adjunct professor in the Boston University City Planning and Urban Affairs Program. Areas of Expertise Comprehensive planning l zoning for housing affordability l housing plans l affordable housing development and finance l organizational planning l board development l project management l neighborhood revitalization and community development techniques l community visioning/ meeting techniques l conflict resolution and mediation.