You can learn a great deal in the workshops at Thriving Together.  Each workshop may cover a number of topics:workshop3
  • Explore how to engage diverse audiences in creative placemaking
  • Explore how artists can use their knowledge and skills to lead creative  placemaking
  • Provide insights on choosing effective strategies
  • Discuss how to work more effectively with artists
  • Explore how to build sustainable relationships between universities and communities
  • Address other ways to grow or maintain high-performing partnerships
  • Offer tips on how to start creative placemaking efforts
  • Explore other ways to build social equity through creative placemaking
  • Address other ways to sustain creative placemaking
  • Explore how to deal with systemic oppression
  • Explores how to get more financial support for creative placemaking
  • Will help arts educators learn more about public art
  • Will help artists make stronger cases for legal work spaces
Below is a list of speakers and presentations so far.  Click 'read more' to learn more about the speakers and presentations.



  Lunch Session: What's In The Paper?

Featuring: Jeremy Johnson, Faith Bartley, and David Keefe

In this lunchtime conversation Newark Arts Council Executive Director Jeremy Johnson will talk with David Keefe of Combat Paper NJ and Faith Bartley of the People’s Paper Co-Op in Philadelphia about how they use printmaking, arts programs and other creative methods to help people who are struggling to re-engage in communities and the world at large. Combat Paper works with veterans and People’s Paper Co-Op works with people returning from prison. Read more.



  Placemaking In Communities Of Color

Presented by: Allentza Michel

The workshop is a story telling of the process in which a under-served neighborhood, high low-income, majority of color population, is taking steps to lead its own place-based arts and community development initiative - Mattapan Open Streets? Open Studios.  This initiative was initiated by local artists and planners, and planned through strategic partnerships with government agencies, institutions and design firms. The objective is the romote and uplift the built environment and strengthen the social fabric of the community through the use of arts and design. Read more.



  The Role Of The Creative Entrepreneur In Creative Placemaking And Community Growth

Presented by: Julia Youngs and Ginny Sterpka

Communities today are experiencing unprecedented economic disruptions as digital technologies proliferate and efficiencies in global markets expand. Startups in the creative industries increasingly lead economic opportunities for regions as art and cultural goods easily move across digital platforms around the globe, creating more diverse communities than ever. Artists and creative entrepreneurs exist at the heart of both creative placemaking efforts and economic revitalization. This session will examine the critical relationship between fostering creative entrepreneurship and developing creative cities and creative placemaking initiatives. Read more.



  A Three-Act Play In Creative Placemaking For LMI Communities

Presented by: Joseph Palazzolo, Kim Ayres, Rebecca Cordes Chan, Julia Taylor, Paul McEvily, and Lee Levine

Creative placemaking can be a powerful tool in transforming low- and moderate-income communities, but there is no “playbook” or one-size-fits-all prescription for doing it successfully. The groups represented on this panel illustrate the many types of actors that are effectively leading this work and the broad range of forms it can take. We will explore three approaches to integrating creative placemaking within a larger neighborhood revitalization strategy: (1) A City/government-led initiative, led by public agencies in partnership with anchor institutions; (2) a developer-driven model, in which a local CDC spearheads creative placemaking efforts; and (3) a grassroots effort, led primarily by a coalition of neighborhood groups and residents. A facilitated conversation between representatives from these communities will situate their work within the broader national context, highlighting important place-based distinctions while identifying some common elements, such as strong relationship-building and resident engagement efforts. Read more.



  Building Deeper Engagement From The Start

Presented by: Mallory Nezam and Ben Stone

We will present a workshop and discussion focusing on techniques for deeper engagement with diverse communities and stakeholders. This will start as an activity in which attendees will participate, a sort of participatory metaphor for engagement in amongst diverse groups in creative placemaking projects. We will then transition to a round-table discussion of the ways in which participants engage multiple, diverse players in creative placemaking projects. We will kick off the discussion using our Transportation for America’s (T4A) work in Nashville’s Nolensville Pike with partners Conexión America and the Salahadeen Center. Read more.



  Engaging Communities-In-Flux Thru Public Art + Design: Practice + Pedagogy

Presented by: Ronit Eisenbach, Jae Shin, Shalina Agrawal, Paula Horrigan, and Allen Co

Public Art and Public Interest Design and the theories, methods and tools they employ are contributing to, being fortified by and also being challenged by engaging in the community practice of creative placemaking in places where environmental and social flux, disturbance, and distress–displacement–necessitate a remaking and rebinding together of the built environment with the emotional connections, place attachments and place narratives that give it meaning. Mindy Fullilove’s “frayed knot” hypothesis (Fullilove, 2013) argues that place attachments endure and are rarely altogether severed in communities, even as displacement weakens social matrices, ruptures person-place relationships and undermines sense of place. Such “frayed” attachments, she suggests, are in need of reawakening, strengthening and rebuilding through “community practices” (p. 141). Read more.



  Woman, Power, And Aging: How To Effectively Use Your Wisdom As A Creative Change-Maker In 2017

Presented by: Kadie Dempsey

In this session I will talk about how we can motivate and inspire others by not only expressing what we know but by being open to learning that although we may have more experience than anyone else in the room, we have much to learn. It is not only important to use our skills that we have learned in living life but to also use the skills that we have as a mother, caretakers, wives and sisters. Good leadership skills are not just about making people do things, it is really about helping people discover what is that they want. As women, we are natural nurturers, as mature woman we can tap into the lessons and experiences that we have had and use that to empower ourselves and to give our work an authenticity that is an important quality to have in any leadership role. Read more.



  Unpermitted: Why Cities Make Artists' Workspaces Illegal & How To Fix It

Presented by: Emma Howard

Planning agencies and artists aren’t always able to speak productively to each other. In many instances, even as artists are given credit for their contributions to the creative city they face severe legal barriers. Artists often work in unpermitted spaces, under great work insecurity. These issues have become more pressing in the wake of many evictions taking place after the Ghost Ship Fire. Using case studies from Providence, Los Angeles and New York, the session will present observations about the causes of these common barriers to artist’s legal access to workspace and possible solutions. The focus of the session will be on artists working in industrial and commercial spaces and will also include review of how zoning and city agencies are organized. Read more.



  Resident-Powered, Arts-Based Community Engagement

Presented by: Lisa Jo Epstein, Bianca Adger, Belle Alvarez, Stefan Matthews, Jimmy Kirby, and Brooke Sprunger

In this interactive session, participants will gain hands-on experience with creative techniques for community engagement that not only equitably and thoughtfully connect diverse community stakeholders, but help unlikely partners and people take ownership and find their place in a placemaking project. Members of the Just Act Ensemble from Philadelphia will share the story and theatre-based engagement process they pioneered for the ChesterMade project at its inception, then refined for This is Germantown Heart & Soul, and currently evolving for Just Act's creative placemaking partnership with PCADC. Read more.



Unpacking The Art And Science Of Evaluation

Presented by: Anne Gadwa Nicodemus and Rachel Engh

Does the word "evaluation" send shivers up your spine? In this interactive session, we'll break it down, explaining why evaluation matters, why it's tough to do, and how to infuse it with creativity. Participants will get a taste of how evaluation techniques played out in real world creative placemaking project examples, learning about strengths and challenges of these practices. This session will provide opportunities for participants to practice and reflect on aspects of evaluation, taking skills and ideas back to their own creative placemaking work.  Read more.



Building A Sustainable Partnership: Arts Educators, Public Artists, And Administrators

Presented by: Jeff M. Poulin, Olivia Gude, and Patricia Walsh

Public Art in Public Schools; Creative Placemaking for Youth; Community Development for Artists, Students, Agencies, and more. In a new project supported by Americans for the Arts' publi arts and arts education programs, a series of tools and resources is set to be released in 2017. Exploring the intersections of public art and arts education as it relates to funding, pedagogy, high-performing partnerships, and sustainable collaborative practices, join this session to learn about the theory from white paper author, Olivia Gude, and explore tangible next steps in an action oriented session co-facilitated by Patricia Walsh and Jeff M. Poulin from Americans for the Arts.  Read more.



Getting Started With Creative Placemaking: Sustainable Jersey Actions That Will Help Municipalities Support Arts And Creative Culture

Presented by: Winnie Fatton

Whether you are a member of a municipal green team, or an elected official or staffer in a New Jersey municipality, this session will help you to understand the steps your municipality can take to support the arts and creative culture and get started in creative placemaking. Read more.



Urban Planners As Community Healers Through Art-Making

Presented by: James Rojas

Place IT helps urban planners build a relationship with the public through innovative visioning that uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to tap their on-the-ground knowledge. Designed to create a safe space for everyone to come together, listen, share, collaborate, and generate ideas for their communities. This method improves communication, inquiry, collaboration, and generates innovative ideas in a quick and playful manner. The over 500 one hour workshops I have facilitated across the country has helped participants find their voice and power in the urban planning process. Cities have their own visual and spatial language that people use. With recycled objects, residents build solutions for their community, based on their memories and visual and spatial knowledge, which breaks down age, gender, race, profession, personality type, and language barriers. Rather than asking residents what they want or need in their community, the workshop begins with reflection to generate more meaningful engagement. This helps residents understand their attachment to which can be used as a metric to measure development of urban plans or policies and to promote further discussion. Read more.



Peer Exchanges:
1. Next Steps For Building Partnerships
2. Next Steps For Enhancing Social Equity And Making Lasting Impacts

Facilitated by: Asea Thompson & Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

What are your next steps for building sustainable partnerships? Test out your ideas, ask questions and get advice from other participants in the Leadership Summit. One of the best ways to master a topic is to explain it to someone else. The peer exchange is a good way to help you prepare to take action. Read more.



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