A Three Act Play in Creative Placemaking (Creative Placemaking 101)

APA New Jersey Chapter


Friday, May 5, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT

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There is no “playbook” or one-size-fits-all prescription for effective creative placemaking work. This session will feature three urban communities that illustrate three distinct approaches to creative placemaking as part of a larger neighborhood revitalization strategy. Millville, NJ exemplifies a City-led model, with partnership from large institutions such as the local community college. In the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia [or the Valley neighborhood in Orange, NJ – TBD], creative placemaking efforts have been driven by a local CDC. And the Riverview Arts District in the Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, NJ presents a more grassroots approach that has been led by a coalition of neighborhood groups and residents. A facilitated conversation between representatives from these communities will explore their different models while highlighting common elements, such as strong relationship building and resident engagement.

Participants will leave the session with an understanding that there is no playbook for creative placemaking, and that communities should not be afraid to be “different”. Your community’s context and existing assets should determine your model and the type of actor(s) best positioned to lead the effort.  Participants will also be exposed to the range of interventions that can be employed in creative placemaking efforts, from informal/temporary (e.g. pop-up performances or short-term public art installations) to more formal/permanent (e.g. real estate development or establishing a new organization to manage programming).


Joseph Palazzolo


Katie Vall


Contact Info

Leonardo Vazquez, leo@artsbuildcommunities.com