Creative Placemaking Now: Our Town Panelists Speak About Current Trends, Challenges and Policies in the Creative Placemaking Field
In July 2012, the NEA will host three webinars to talk with experts in creative placemaking about current trends, challenges and policies in the field. These experts all served on the Our Town program grant review panels.
The webinars will take place on July 17th, 24th, and 31st. The webinars will take place at 4:00 pm ET.
To join a webinar:
Go to the URL for the specific webinar, then click "Enter as Guest." Type in your full name and click "Enter Room"
You will be muted and able to ask questions using the Q&A box. You can listen using your computer speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350, participant code: 942738
Tuesday, July 17, 2012:
About the webinars
What is Creative placemaking? It's when partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. (Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services; Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting From Creative Placemaking)
In the past year, a national conversation about how to do creative placemaking successfully has been re-invigorated. In a proactive effort to acknowledge suggestions and lessons from the field, the Arts Endowment made changes to the guidelines for 2012. In that revised process, three panels were held:
A Non-Metro and Tribal Communities Panel included applications received from non-metropolitan and tribal communities with arts engagement, design, and cultural planning activities. A community was determined to be non-metro by both population size and proximity to a metropolitan area. Hence, small suburban communities located within larger metro areas were not included on this panel. The determination to hold this panel enabled small, more isolated communities to compete only against each other and not against larger communities that may have better access to resources.
A Design and Cultural Planning Panel reviewed projects from metropolitan communities that are developing the local support systems and places necessary for creative placemaking to succeed, including creative asset mapping, master planning for cultural districts, creative industries, and creative entrepreneurship. Design projects reviewed by this panel involve the design of artist space, cultural facilities, public spaces for cultural engagement, and wayfinding systems.
An Arts Engagement Panel included projects from metropolitan communities where artistic production is the primary method of creative placemaking. These projects include a wide variety of artistic programming that fosters interaction among community members, arts organizations, and artists, or artistic practices that activate existing cultural and community assets. Festivals and public art commissions, for example, fall into this category.
The NEA is hosting three webinars in July with experts from the panels. Please join us to hear about their perspectives on the field - where it's going - what's occurring – and how it is done well, and to join the conversation.
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