Certification in Creative Placemaking

 What participants are saying...

"The placemaking program is the most intellectually stimulating experience I have ever had, nothing even rivals it except perhaps art school. ...The other participants are truly remarkable."
Dr. Debra Rose, PhD., Library and Recreation Services Administrator, City of Pinellas Park, Florida, USA

Creative placemaking is a new and fast-growing approach to enhance community and economic development through arts and culture. Since the term was coined in 2010 in a National Endowment for the Arts white paper, hundreds of communities around the United States pursue creative placemaking strategies to improve quality of life and enhance prosperity. As more elected officials see the value of the arts as a feature that supports community and economic development, they look for qualified expertise to create structures and programs that integrate the arts into their plans for community development. Learners who complete the Creative Placemaking Certification will develop the skills and knowledge that clients and communities seek.


The Certification in Creative Placemaking at The Ohio State University is the first and only program in the United States that offers both a practitioner certification and graduate credit. The program is practical, scholarly, convenient and collegial and can be completed entirely online.

The 10-month program combines deep learning in placemaking techniques with monthly teleconferences on entrepreneurial leadership. The teleconferences are live, but are also recorded so they are available to watch where and when you want – according to your schedule.

To earn a certification in creative placemaking, students need to pass all six creative placemaking modules and demonstrate competency in the subject by working on a creative placemaking project and writing about their experiences. More details can be found on the curriculum page. The Creative Placemaking program is also approved for American Planning Association Certification Maintenance credits. Each module, upon completion, is worth 3 CM credits. University credit is also available for those who are enrolled at OSU.

Along with gaining extensive knowledge in creative placemaking, students in the program will build their capacity to lead cost-effective, inclusive and sustainable initiatives. Students can work on real issues facing actual communities – and emerge with products they can use to promote creative placemaking in communities of their choice. The program is structured for those who appreciate learning from their peers as well as their teachers, affording numerous opportunities to share ideas with professionals in the arts, public affairs and urban planning.

The Certification in Creative Placemaking at Ohio State program is directed by national award-winning urban planner Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, founder of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the creator of several online programs for placemaking professionals.  The program is produced by the City and Regional Planning section at Ohio State, a pioneer and leader in online education for urban planners.

image credit Courtesy David Pankratz