Great Places Rock! Creative Placemaking in Greater Akron

Great Places Rock! Creative Placemaking in Greater Akron

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First Glance Student Center

943 Kenmore Boulevard

Akron, OH 44314

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Join your colleagues from across the region as we discuss best practices in creative placemaking as a neighborhood driver.

About this event

We believe that access to beautiful public space is a basic human right. Placemaking builds connections, creates civic engagement, and empowers citizens, and the arts are a crucial component of placemaking. - Cultural Plan, 2020

Join us for a half-day conference designed to facilitate a network of civic and cultural leaders, public officials, creatives, and neighborhood champions to work together in new ways. Hosted by Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance and facilitated by Joel Ratner and ArtsNow, participants will learn from content experts and each other as we explore how creative placemaking can improve our communities.

The conference will begin at 8:30am at First Glance, but break-out sessions will occur in Kenmore Blvd venues and hot spots.

This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Akron Community Foundation, City of Akron, GAR Foundation, and Summit County Land Bank.

Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the registration price of $35. Please reach out to Dara Harper at to put in a request for funding.

Who Should Attend?

Government and elected officials, Community Development Corporations, merchant associations, community arts and culture organizations, artists interested in community development work, chambers of commerce, neighborhood organizations

Presenters/Speakers will include:

American Sign Museum

Art Bomb Brigade


Art x Love

City of Akron

Curated Storefront

Designing Local

Downtown Cleveland Alliance

GAR Foundation

Guide Studio

Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance

LAND Studio

North Hill CDC

Summit County Land Bank

Summit Metro Parks

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