Proposals for panels and presentations on the role of the arts in the development of public spaces are now invited for the Southwest/Rocky Mountain Leadership Summit on Creative Placemaking to be held April 6-7, 2018 at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado.
The summit has been organized by the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) and its partners, and is funded in large part through the generous support of Our Town Program under the aegis of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
The summit is one of five that will be held around the country in 2018. Others are planned in the southeastern United States, in Newark, New Jersey, in Charleston, West Virginia and in Maryland. Each convening has, or will have, a distinct theme, including creative placemaking in small towns and rural areas, gentrification, entrepreneurship and equity.
The Southwest/Rocky Mountain summit invites proposals from individuals, art groups and arts sponsors, civic associations, foundations, galleries, businesses, and municipal officials or organizations as well anyone with a significant interest or stake in the arts in public places. The Southwest/Rocky Mountain region includes the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. However, proposals from other regions of the United States are also welcome.
“Creative placemaking” has been defined as “an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community’s interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place.”
Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, who authored a white paper on creative placemaking for the NEA, have characterized it as an enterprise where “public, private, not-for-profit, and community sectors partner to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.”
Since 2014 creative placemaking leadership summits and knowledge exchanges have engaged more than 700 people. Many of them are decision makers, or key influencers, from a wide variety of disciplines, including philanthropy, public policy, urban planning, community and local economic development, arts, and academia. In evaluations, the vast majority of participants have said that they enjoyed the events, acquired useful information, and made valuable connections.
To learn more about a previous leadership summit, please visit artsbuildcommunities.com/cpls17. To find out about knowledge exchanges, go to http://www.artsbuildcommunities.com/events/cpexchange16/.