What is Creative Placemaking?

 

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.

Location:  West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, located at 300 Clematis Street Suite 200, West Palm Beach

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

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, leo@artsbuildcommunities.com 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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