Workshops

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking offers a variety of half-day and full-day workshops. Read about our available workshops below, or go to the events page to see upcoming workshops and other programs. If you are interested in our conducting any of the following workshops, or custom workshops on creative placemaking, please contact NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez by email or at 973-763-6352. Workshops offered by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking: Creative assets inventory and mapping (2 hours to full day) To know where you can go with creative placemaking, it is important to know what you have. In this workshop, participants will learn various ways to identify and map creative organizations and individuals, as well as spaces that would be well suited for creative activities. Participants will learn to use various tools and techniques to cost effectively get this information. By the end of the session, they will develop a strategy to conduct creative asset inventories in their communities. Participants will also learn: • To identify and use various free databases and sources of information for their inventories • How to crowdsource information about creative assets • How to crowdmap spaces for artistic and cultural activities • Models for sharing useful information with key audiences Full day option: Participants will go outside to conduct an inventory and to map opportunity sites. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Upcoming workshops Creating community murals (half-day to full day) Murals are a popular and inexpensive way to get more art in a community and to get more community members involved in art. A community mural is more than putting art on a surface; it describes ways of engaging community members in the mural making process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify good spaces and budget for murals, and various ways to engage stakeholders from design to implementation. Participants will also have the experience of creating a mock mural. Full-day option: Participants will work together on a mural Instructors: Kadie Dempsey and Dan Fenelon, Principals, CORE Creative Placemaking Financing for Creative Placemaking (2 hours to full day) There is a wide range of ways to fund creative placemaking, including grants, sponsorships and tax credits. Participants in this workshop will learn how to craft a proposal to appeal to funders of creative placemaking, and how to strengthen their arts or community and economic development programs to become creative placemaking programs. Participants will also receive an inventory of funders that support creative placemaking, and get a better understanding of what funders in this field seek from applicants. Learners will get the opportunity to review and critique mock proposals. Full-day version: Participants will investigate funding sources, select one and outline a pitch. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Building teams for creative placemaking (2 to 4 hours) As Geraldine R. Dodge President Chris Daggett has said, “The hardest part of collaboration is collaborating.” This workshop focuses on building sustainable and high-performing teams for creative placemaking. Participants will learn how teams go from starting off as a group of people with different agendas to a team with a shared mission and views on how to move forward. Participants will also learn the methods of Community Coaching, a team-building and planning tool that has been used in 15 communities in New Jersey and Louisiana. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Building public support for creative placemaking (2 hours to full day) Tired of traditional community meetings? A lot of people in the community are too. This workshop explores artistic and fun ways to engage community members. Participants will learn about easy ways to create community models, photo-voice, visual notetaking, role-playing and other methods of engaging audiences. Participants will learn how to use these methods to get critical knowledge about communities, build consensus, or generate enthusiasm. Full day option: Participants will work on a community engagement plan. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Arts-based community development (2 hours) Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in community development – from helping children succeed in school to addressing cultural tensions in communities. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key community development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will get robust data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Arts-based economic development (2 hours) Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in economic development – from creating jobs to attracting key industries.. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key economic development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will get robust data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences. Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking Getting to the next level in creative placemaking (4 hours) Every community that pursues creative placemaking faces many challenges – whether it is starting out or has been at it for a long time. Diagnosing those challenges in smart and sophisticated ways can help leaders and creative placemakers make better, more cost-effective choices on how to move forward. Getting to the next level in creative placemaking will help you learn more about the ingredients of success in creative placemaking, how to diagnose challenges, and how to get the information you need to make better choices. Successful creative placemaking is about doing more than art projects or creating cultural districts. Participants will learn from a nationally-known expert in creative placemaking about the various ingredients of success for this work, including: • Widespread support among traditional and informal leaders in the community • The continuous and widespread presence of arts and cultural activity in the community • The availability of many different types of spaces for creative and cultural activities • Regulations and government support for creative and cultural activities Every participant will get a checklist of indicators for success in creative placemaking and ways to measure success. Participants will practice using the checklist and learn what they need to focus on to get to the next level of success in creative placemaking. Through this exercise, participants will develop clear metrics for success, which they can use to judge how well strategies are working (and what new strategies should be pursued.) Participants can share ideas to learn from one another and get advice from the workshop leader. To prepare for this workshop, every participant should be prepared to explore the following questions: • What would you like to see happen or change in the community as a result of creative placemaking? • What are the biggest challenges to making that change happen in the community? • How do you know? Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking About the instructors: Kadie Dempsey Kadie has over 15 years’ experience of building successful and lasting community relationships. Kadie has described herself as “I am someone who connects the dots, people are already doing great things, and the challenge is create an environment where people with different opinions and ideas feel empowered to share their visions.” Kadie received her Master Practitioner Certification in Creative Placemaking from Rutgers- Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy in 2013. Ms. Dempsey has worked as the Director of Arts in Community/Creative Placemaking at Morris Arts for over ten years. Ms. Dempsey serves on the advisory committee for New Jersey Consortium for Creative Placemaking, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the Arts Taskforce for Sustainable New Jersey. Kadie is passionate about sharing her wisdom with others and believes that we can all help make the world a better place by building authentic communities that honor the past, accept the present and create a shared vision for the future. Dan Fenelon Dan trained at the Arts Student League in NY and the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Dan has had seventeen solo shows in galleries from Chelsea NYC to LA California. He has produced large scale murals in several states and was commissioned by the Montclair Art Museum to create a feature Mural. In 2010 Dan was commissioned to create a large scale mural to welcome the Dalai Lama to the Newark Peace and Education Summit. Mr. Fenelon’s work infuses imagery from around the world, he uses a mix of modern art fused with many cultural influences including (but not limited to) African, Aztec, Egyptian, Asian, European illuminated manuscripts, graphic novels, cartoons and street culture. Dan has worked with diverse populations and communities throughout the US. His artistic talent, standard of excellence and his positive attitude bring a sense of joy and vitality to the process and to every community mural that he creates. Leonardo Vazquez Leo 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. In addition to his affiliation with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Leonardo Vazquez is a Senior Associate at the Nishuane Group and a Lecturer at The Ohio State University. 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 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 B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. and M.P., both from the University of Southern California.