Outdoor spaces that are designed to foster creative activity can attract and retain more people over many hours. This can improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and freedom and belonging in your community. This workshop explores how to design outdoor spaces to achieve distinct purposes – such as performances, exhibitions, co-creation, individual creation, or meditation/inspiration. Participants will also learn how to design art-ful spaces to enhance circulation and civic engagement.
Taking stock of your existing assets and opportunities can help you do more cost-effective creative placemaking. You will learn how to read a community for ‘hidden’ creative assets and opportunity sites. You will also learn how to engage stakeholders in crowd mapping and how to build better creative placemaking strategies from your maps.
Murals are a popular and inexpensive way to get more art in a community and to get more community members involved in art. A community mural is more than putting art on a surface; it describes ways of engaging community members in the mural making process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify good spaces and budget for murals, and various ways to engage stakeholders from design to implementation. Participants will also have the experience of creating a mock mural.
A piece of public art can be a creative beacon that connects an entire community. Or it could be just another object on the sidewalk that some people, some people hate, and too many ignore. The difference often is about how it’s designed, who’s involved, and who’s making what decisions.
This workshop will help you design and develop true community-guided public art initiatives. You will learn all steps of the process, from idea creation through site selection to installation.
Join Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP for a FREE 1 1/2-hour lecture on designing sites for creativity.
Explore how to design communities and sites to encourage more creative and cultural activities. Participants will also learn how the arts can help improve navigation, safety and other issues in urban and site design.
Vazquez is a national award-winning planner who is a leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development and strategic communications. He has worked with a wide variety of communities in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania. With a strong focus on implementation and sustainability, he specializes in building leadership teams to oversee plans and raising funds to support planning and implementation efforts. In addition to his affiliation with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Leonardo Vazquez is Director of Creative Placemaking at New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is the author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He has written for several professional and general interest publications, including Planetizen, Planning, Progressive Planning and The Star-Ledger. He is the recipient of the 2012 American Planning Association National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff. It is the highest award given in the urban planning field on issues of social equity. He received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. and M.P., both from the University of Southern California.
There is a wide range of ways to fund creative placemaking, including grants, sponsorships and tax credits. Participants in this workshop will learn how to craft a proposal to appeal to funders of creative placemaking, and how to strengthen their arts or community and economic development programs to become creative placemaking programs. Participants will also receive an inventory of funders that support creative placemaking, and get a better understanding of what funders in this field seek from applicants. Learners will get the opportunity to review and critique mock proposals.
Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in community development--from helping children succeed in school to addressing cultural tensions in communities. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key, community development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will also get robust, data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences. Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP is the instructor.