Conferences And CFPs

July 19, 2017

Southwest/Rocky Mountain Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit In Denver Apr. 6-7 – Registration Now Open

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announce the Southwest/Rocky Mountain Leadership Summit on Creative Placemaking to be held  March 6-7 in Denver, Colorado at the University of Denver.

Creative placemaking, which consists of engaging the arts and local culture to shape, revitalize, and rejuvenate communities, is a growing field in the United States.  More than 1,400 communities are engaged in creative placemaking, with support from more than a dozen grantmakers and government agencies. 

The Southwest/Rocky Mountain Summit is the second of five scheduled for different parts of the US during 2018.  Other sites include Chattanooga (TN), Charleston (WV), College Park (MD), and the New York/New Jersey area.

The specific theme for this summit is Entrepreneurship, Art, and Equity.  The Southwestern and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States are home to a variety of cultures, towns, and art forms that span across the Rocky Mountains and beyond.  The chief question for summit attendees is how can a culture thrive economically based on its art and traditions while maintaining equity across this vast regional spectrum of Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Utah?

Key topics will explore entrepreneurship, funding, and equity in mountain communities, frontier towns, and latino communities. Planners, activists, gallery owners, universities, municipal arts departments, social practice and community engaged artists, and main street organizations are encouraged to register.

The summit will have four major components:

Workshops are designed for attendees to acquire knowledge that will enhance their creative placemaking toolbox. These “how-to” oriented workshops will teach skills to address difficult challenges in your community.

Knowledge exchanges enable participants to join in a conversation with a small group of different organizations and individuals, who will share their experiences and ideas. Short presentations will precede a rich conversation.

Roundtables afford the opportunity to hear the voices and access the thoughts of different leaders in the field of creative placemaking with diverse discussions on projects and initiatives in communities across the country

Mobile workshops allow colleagues to put on their walking shoes and journey into the communities around the summit’s venue to engage in real projects in real spaces. These workshops are limited and preregistration is required.

Since 2014, more than 700 people – many of them community leaders, public officials and organizational decisionmakers — have participated in our Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits and Knowledge Exchanges in Newark, NJ.

Leadership summits attracts a wide range of professionals. These include elected and public officials, developers, representatives of foundations, community and economic development professionals, urban planners and designers, leaders of cultural organizations and, of course, artists and other creative professionals.

The NEA through its affiliate ArtPlace America has spent $8.7 million in 2017-18 alone on 23 creative placemaking projects around the country.

The full program can be found here.  Registration and information about travel and accommodations are located here.