2020/2021 Northeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Mini-Summits, Online, Thursday, 18. June 2020

Creative Placemaking Leadership Online Mini-Summits

About this Event

As creative placemakers working across many sectors to build and sustain more equitable, just, and beautiful communities in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods, you are already some of the most resilient and resourceful people in the nation. Never before has your work been more important as the world strains toward the creation of its new normal. Thank you for your leadership, and thank you for remaining engaged with NCCP as we all work to shape today’s conversation about the future. Browse below the description of our Mini-Summits, and register to snag your spot today.

All sessions will be submitted for AICP Certification Maintenance credits.

The same high-impact, innovative programming you have come to expect will happen online. The ongoing theme will now address the challenges of today with an eye toward a post-pandemic future. The series will include opportunities to converse in real time and in small groups. All of the Mini-Summits include networking in ‘virtual breakfasts’, two sessions, that includes a break in between, exploring the key topics of the day, with peer learning in small-group conversations.

These Mini-Summits are not sold separately but as a series of six and do not include the in person event in March, 2021.

Modified recordings will be available to registrants if you are unable to attend in real time.

June 18, 9:30-12:15 pm EDT

Featured sessions

Resilience, Recovery and Healing. In this inspirational talk, learn how creative placemakers can help lead and support efforts to help communities come back from trauma. Session leader: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Issues in State Agency Support of Creative Placemaking. What are state arts agencies doing to help creative placemaking in communities? What are the opportunities and challenges caused by current conditions? Session leaders: David B. Pankratz, former Director of Policy and Research, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Steven Skerrit-Davis, Deputy Director, Maryland State Arts Council; Sarah Merritt - Director of Pennsylvania Creative Communities, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; Luis Cotto - Cultural Districts Program Manager, Mass Cultural Council

September 23, 9:30-12:15pm EDT

Featured sessions

Art as a Tool to Build Community Resilience and Mindfulness. Explore mindfulness tools to create an atmosphere that reduces tension, encourage empathy, and promotes productive engagement. Session leader: Cornell “Lord Judah” Carelock, Executive Director, True He(ART) Academy.

Successful Strategies for More Inclusive Communities. Explore and discuss strategies for inspiring, empowering and supporting stakeholders as leaders in local creative placemaking. Learn from successful initiatives in Pittsburgh and the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. Session leaders: Kersten Harries, Architect and member, Village of Sleepy Hollow, NY, Planning Board; Leigh Solomon Pugliano, Principal, Straight Forward Consulting; Founder, Barrels to Beethoven; Keiko Cramer, Principal and Landscape Architect, WRT, LLC

October 14, 9:30-12:15pm EDT

Featured sessions

How Can Creative Placemaking Be Both Sustainable and Equitable? Critics and skeptics cite two key concerns about creative placemaking: 1. That it is just another fad that is unlikely to last and 2. That it is too often used as a vanguard for the displacement of cultures and marginalized residents. This roundtable addresses both of these questions, based on research conducted of creative placemaking initiatives in Philadelphia. Session leaders: Andrew Zitcer, Director, Urban Strategy Program and Assistant Professor of Arts Administration and Museum Leadership, Drexel University, Sarah Yeung, Independent Consultant

How Can Creative Placemaking Better Support Small, Local Merchants? The economic depression of 2020 is endangering the tiny businesses that provide valuable goods, services, jobs and emotional well-being to communities. In this Strategic Conversation, share your thoughts on how creative placemakers can help small businesses and micro-entrepreneurs. Session leaders: Paola Garrido Estevez, Community Development Officer, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) New York City; Melissa Kim, Deputy Director, LISC Philadelphia; Veronica Ayala-Flores, Program Assistant, LISC Philadelphia

November 18, 9:30-12:15pm pm EST:

Featured Sessions

Funding to Sustain Creative Placemaking. Get insights on the funding climate for creative placemaking. Session leader: Sarah Calderon, Managing Director, ArtPlace America. Additional session leaders to be announced

Unlocking the Power of Major Gifts Fundraising. In this training session, learn how to make more persuasive arguments to large donors. Session leader: Julie Pareles, Fundraising Consultant

December 2, 9:30-12:15 pm EST:

Featured sessions

Growing and Sustaining Creative Placemaking. Explore and discuss strategies being used in Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to create healthier and more resilient environments for creative placemaking. These include alternative tax structures, programs that build prestige, advancing cultural entrepreneurship and incorporating art into infrastructure planning. Session leaders: Karen Pinzolo, Executive Director, South Jersey Cultural Alliance; Shannon Musgrave, Communications Director, Allegheny Regional Asset District; Caitlin Cameron, Urban Designer, City of Portland (Maine); Adam Kenney, Director of the Creative Business Accelerator

January 20, 9:30-12:15 pm EST:

Featured sessions

Arts + Health: New Research Implications for Creative Placemakers. This session is designed to inspire new collaborations to address health priorities by providing information about how this has been and can be done successfully. We will offer examples of how these collaborations can support sustainability by reaching new partners in health and beyond to address comprehensive community well-being. Session leaders: Margy Waller, Senior Fellow, Topos Partnership; Jill Sonke, Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and Assistant Director, UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine; Aviva Kapust, Executive Director, Village of the Arts and Humanities

Sites-in-Flux: Ephemeral Works & Community Change. We will discuss three communities that deployed ephemeral art, cultural events and design to respond, develop and advance a vision for change. All three seek to alter the way both insiders and outsiders see the community as it exists and as it might be. All three deploy strategies of play, delight, cultural affirmation and spatial transformation to invite stakeholders to join a process often driven by established players and expectations. Session leader: Ronit Eisenbach, Professor, University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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2020/2021 Northeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Mini-Summits

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