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Join the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking for our upcoming Creative Placemaking Leadership Webinars. The CPL Webinars combine short presentation with instructor-guided conversations among peers. You can learn and shre your own insights and experiences. The webinars are designed for urban designers and planners, arts administrators and civic artists, public affairs professionals, grantmakers, and anyone working at or interested in the intersection of arts and culture with social and economic issues.

The sessions are free, but please donate at least $10. They will help The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking provide more free and low-cost programming. You can register for as many sessions as you would like.

Note: By registering, you are also agreeing to receive emails from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.


Wednesday, June 12, 2 - 3 pm eastern

Incorporating arts in urban and site design

This Strategic Conversation explores 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.

This session is eligible for 1 AICP CM credit



Wednesday, September 12, 2 – 3 pm eastern

How the arts can lead to lasting social change

The arts can help make communities better for everyone. But how? This conversation explores how the arts can help change what people know and believe, and how they engage in their communities, which are fundamental to how communities change. You will explore typical community cultural dynamics, and why it is so difficult to address obstacles such as the ‘tyranny of custom’ and the ‘comfort of powerlessness.’


Wednesday, October 10, 2 – 3:30 pm eastern

Creative placemaking: integrating community, cultural and economic development

What makes creative placemaking a new way to make communities better through arts and culture? How can creative placemaking promote social equity, sustainability, and prosperity? Learn about a model developed by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking that integrates community, cultural and economic development in ways that are sustainable and asset-based. Also learn how our model fits in with the guidelines of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.


Wednesday, December 19, 2 - 3 pm eastern

The growing creative economy in New Jersey: impacts on urban design, community planning and local economic development

A recent report from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking shows that the number of artistic jobs and freelance artists, writers and performers in New Jersey is growing faster than jobs in New Jersey overall. What implications does this have for community planning, urban design and economic development. Though the focus of this conversation is on New Jersey’s creative economy, there will be a lot of takeaways for anyone outside of the state.


Tuesday, December 4, 2 - 3 pm eastern

History of creative placemaking in the United States

The term ‘creative placemaking’ was coined only six years ago, but it has been happening in various forms in the US since at least the late 19th century. This webinar will explore the earliest work in creative placemaking in America. Participants will learn about the pioneering work of Charles Mulford Robinson, Edgar Lee Hewett and others, and discover how placemaking through arts and culture has evolved over more than a century.


Wednesday, January 9, 2 - 3 pm eastern

Creative placemaking and human needs placemaking

The arts aren’t a diversion or a luxury. They are important for the well-being of individuals and communities. Many people already know about the power of the arts to enhance economic development. This webinar will discuss how the arts can help people develop and keep intellectual skills, build social connections, and more. We will explore how creative placemaking can support the elements of human needs placemaking.


Wednesday, February 6, 2 - 3 pm eastern

Community coaching: a new way to speak truth to power

Community coaching helps stakeholders build sustainable plans – and the shared leadership to implement them. This model helps build relationships between planner and client that makes it possible to address the big, difficult issues that keep a community from moving forward. It is a different approach to current models of planning practice, and it may challenge you to think about how you work with communities.


Wednesday, March 6, 2 - 3 pm eastern

The rise of freelance artists: implications for urban planning and design

One of the fastest growing segments of the creative sector is freelance artists, writers and performers. To attract and retain these professionals, communities may have to rethink their approaches to urban design, community development, and economic development


Wednesday, April 3, 2 - 3 pm eastern

Cultural districts and cultural institutions: suns or black holes?

One of the first things that many people think about in creative placemaking is creating a cultural district or building a large cultural institution. While districts and institutions can become catalysts for community-wide creativity and revitalization, they can also absorb a lot of time, energy and resources that could be used effectively elsewhere in the community. Learn how creative placemaking can make it more likely that districts and institutions have a broader impact on their communities.

This session is eligible for 1 AICP CM credit


Wednesday, May 1, 2 - 3 pm eastern

How creative placemaking can help build more resilient communities

With the damage caused from hurricanes, tornadoes and floods around the United States, more communities are looking to be more ‘resilient.’ Resiliency is not just about creative physical improvements to withstand storms; it is also connects to a community’s ability to revitalize quickly after disaster. Arts and culture can play a big role in helping communities recover. We will explore examples from Louisiana, New Jersey and Missouri, and discuss how to connect creative placemaking with resiliency in community dialogues.

This session is eligible for 1 AICP CM credit



Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

About: Leonardo 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. He is the Executive Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, in Union, NJ; and a Senior Associate at Nishuane Group in Montclair, NJ. 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 Landscape Architecture, NJ Spotlight, 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 Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Planning and Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Southern California.

For more information, contact: Leonardo Vazquez, or 973-763-6352 x1

Strategic Conversations in Creative Placemaking are made possible in part by generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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