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Certification in Creative Placemaking


The arts can happen anywhere, but almost never do by accident. Whether it is in an international art center like Santa Fe, New Mexico or a blighted neighborhood, creative communities and economies tend to be envisioned by placemakers, and built through skilled leadership and collaboration.

Creative placemaking is a new and fast-growing approach to enhancing 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 have been pursuing 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 are looking for qualified expertise to create structures and programs that integrate the arts into their plans for community development. Learners who meet the challenges of Creative Placemaking Certification will develop the skills and knowledge that clients and communities seek.

About the Program

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 certification makes it possible for already-enrolled master of city and regional planning students at Ohio State to take modules alongside those working solely on the certification.

The 10-month program combines deep learning in placemaking techniques with monthly teleconferences on entrepreneurial leadership. Students will be able to connect the pieces through a distance-learning model designed to meet the needs of busy professionals, ensuring they get the most value from their investment in the program. The teleconferences are live, but are also recorded so they're available to watch where and when you want – according to your schedule.

To earn a certification in creative placemaking, students will 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.

Along with gaining extensive knowledge in creative placemaking, students in the program will build their capacity to lead cost-effective, inclusive and sustainable initiatives – no matter if they are executives or advisors. 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 to appeal to students 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.

Online Information Sessions

We invite you to explore the benefits of the program in an interactive videoconference with the program director and faculty. Each videoconference will include a short information session and provide a question and answer period. Information sessions will introduce participants to the certification program and its faculty.  All sessions will be led by the program’s designer and director, Leonardo Vazquez.  Information sessions are one hour, online and free.

Wednesday, August 6 | 6 - 7PM register today

All webinar times listed are for the EST zone. After registering, participants will receive a link to the webinar and a reminder at least a day before the session.

Note: By registering for this webinar, you are also agreeing to receive emails from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.  All future updates about this session, including the link and login information, will be sent by email from NCCP. Unfortunately, there will be no CM credits given for the information sessions.

Creative Placemaking Webinar Series

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, which has partnered with Ohio State University’s City and Regional Planning section to develop the certification in creative placemaking,  have created a webinar series to explore key issues in creative placemaking. The webinars are also part of CRP's mission to provide continuing education for people in the planning profession.

The webinars will run monthly from February to July 2014.  Each is 60 to 90 minutes, free, and is entirely online.  All webinars will be submitted for AICP Certification Maintenance credits.

The lead presenter for all sessions will be Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP.

 

Date/Time

Topic

Registration

Tuesday
February 25
2 - 3:30PM

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.

This webinar to be submitted for 1.5 AICP CM ethics credits.

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#25990

Tuesday
March 18
2 - 3PM

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.

CM credits to be requested: 1

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#25992

Wednesday
April 16
2 - 3PM

History of creative placemaking in the United States

The term ‘creative placemaking’ was coined only three 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.

CM credits to be requested: 1

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#25993

Tuesday
May 13
2 - 3PM

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.

CM credits to be requested: 1

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#25995

Tuesday
June 3
2 - 3PM

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.

CM credits to be requested: 1

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#25996

Tuesday
July 8
2 - 3PM

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.

CM credits to be requested: 1

register today

#25997

 

All webinar times listed are for the EST zone. After registering, participants will receive a link to the webinar and a reminder at least a day before the session.

Note: By registering for this webinar, you are also agreeing to receive emails from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.  All future updates about this session, including the link and login information, will be sent by email from NCCP. Unfortunately, there will be no CM credits given for the information sessions.


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