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Starting Sept. 29 – Creative Placemaking Leadership Webinars – AICP CM Credits Available

Interactive, engaging webinars to introduce creative placemaking foundational concepts.

About this Event

Creative Placemaking is the next big idea in leading communities through healing and recovery. Get the foundation now to forge resilience.

Creative placemaking is sustained collaboration among people of diverse professional and personal backgrounds who enhance the places they live, work, and play through art and creative process.

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is a pioneer in this field and is now offering interactive, engaging webinars to introduce foundational concepts. NCCP webinars help community leaders engage their own creativity to drive healing, recovery and resilience. Check out our 2020-2021 lineup of affordable, monthly webinars.

Every webinar is from 2 pm to 3 pm EASTERN, unless otherwise stated.

After the webinar, please join us for a half hour of small group conversations online. There, you can talk about the topic with other participants and grow your connections.

All webinars have been approved for AICP certification maintenance credits.

All webinars are recorded for registrants in case you cannot attend in real time.

Please note that the $20/webinar fee supports the work of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, a 501 c (3) nonprofit organization that offers expertise and peer learning to leaders who seek creative placemaking knowledge and skills to foster more just, equitable, and livable communities through art and creative process.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Erica Henderson-Smith at erica@cpcommunities.org.

Special: Webinar Bundle – All 12 Webinars for the price of 10, a 20% discount!

If you prefer a PDF of the events, please follow this LINK

 

September 29: Culturally Competent Placemaking: Part 1 – Human Needs Placemaking

Supports: Healing, Recovery and Resilience

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative PlacemakingWhat makes people happy? They want their needs met. In this webinar, we’ll explore what psychologists say are six universal human needs, and how creative placemakers can address them in their work. Understanding core human needs will help you understand not just what people say, but what they mean.

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October 21: Culturally Competent Placemaking: Part 2 – Community Engagement and Triple Loop Learning

Supports: Healing

Presenter: Patricia Wilson, Professor, University of Texas Austin and author of The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe

Artful place-making requires skillful community engagement. Far more thanfacilitating question/answer sessions with stakeholders or the public, the practitionermust build a partnership of trust and mutual learning. Triple Loop Learning opens thepractitioner’s awareness to this subjective side of community engagement. It develops the reflective skills to see what is really going on, what is needed in the moment, and how your own expertise may be creating obstacles to change. Dr. Patricia Wilson, author of The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe, shares the harvest from her stories of community engagement in the most challenging of situations. Come explore the art and craft of fostering meaningful dialogue, learning, and action.

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November 17: Building more resilient communities through creative placemaking

Supports: Resilience

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Resilient communities don’t just come back from difficult challenges; they grow better. Many communities in the United States face a combination of social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges: flooding, storms, disease, poverty, oppression and more. Resilience is more than creative physical improvements to withstand storms; it 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.

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December 1: Artful Urban Design Part 1: Growing your cultural ecosystem

Supports: Recovery and Resilience

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

You want more arts and cultural activities in your community? (Of course you do, otherwise, why would you be reading this?) This webinar will help you identify and design outdoor spaces that encourage artists and cultural professionals to become more productive, sell or exhibit their work; and provide more opportunities for other community members to enjoy art and cultural activities.

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January 12: Artful Urban Design Part 2: Public art for better mental and physical health

Supports: Healing, Recovery and Resilience

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Art in public places can help people move around, slow down, feel safer and more valued, and more. We’ll explore how to encourage and place outdoor art to achieve these purposes.

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February 16: Financing Creative Placemaking

Supports: Recovery and Resilience

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

There’s a lot of money available for creative placemaking. Unfortunately, it’s in a lotof different places, and can be hard to get. This webinar, designed for people who are new to fundraising, or seasoned fundraisers who are new to creative placemaking, explores different types of funding available for your types of projects and programs. You will get tips to develop your fundraising strategy.

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March 30: Economic development basics for artists, designers and makers

Supports: Recovery

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Good information will help you convince and persuade public officials, developers, grant makers. It will also help you evaluate whether things are working as expected. There’s a lot of data for economic analysis. This session will help you focus on the right sources to get the best answers.

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April 20: Artists as social change agents

Supports: Healing, Recovery and Resilience

Presenters: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking with additional presenters to be announced

The arts can help make communities better for everyone. But how? This conversation explores how the arts can change what people know and believe, and how they engage in their communities, which are fundamental to how communities change. You will explore typical community cultural dynamics, and why it is so difficult to address obstacles such as the tyranny of custom and the comfort of powerlessness.

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May 11: Working with artists on creative placemaking

Supports: Resilience

Presenters: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking with additional presenters to be announced

For professionals in government, community development, or economic development, working with artists on creative placemaking can be fun, frustrating, comforting, nerve-wracking, eye-opening, or eye-rolling — all at the same time. We’ll explore how to understand and respect different ways of problem solving and how to have more productive relationships.

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June 15: Ethics and competencies in creative placemaking

Supports: Resilience

Instructor: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Between 2018 and 2019, participants in Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits were asked three key questions: What should creative placemakers believe? What should creative placemakers know? and What should people involved in creative placemaking do? From the hundreds of responses, we identified a shared sense of ethics and desired competencies for creative placemaking. This webinar is designed for anyone who teaches creative placemaking or leads organizations that work in this area.

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July 13: History of Creative Placemaking in the United States Part 1

July 27: History of Creative Placemaking in the United States Part 2

Presenter: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Founding Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

The term creative placemaking was coined only a decade 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.

Presenter biographies:

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, is the Founding Director of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and Director of Creative Placemaking for New England College. He has worked on social justice issues for more than 30 years as a journalist, urban planners, educator, and creative placemaker. He designed Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits, the Certificate in Creative Placemaking, Community Coaching and many other programs offered by NCCP. He is the author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and is co-editor of Diálogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He is a co-founder of the Latinos and Planning division of the American Planning Association, chairs the Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture Task Force, and sits on the Maplewood (NJ) Arts Council. He is the 2012 recipient of the American Planning Association’s National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in honor of Paul Davidoff.

Patricia A. Wilson, Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas, Austin, teaches civic engagement, participatory action research, and international community development. Her field research in community-based change processes over three decades includes Latin America, South Africa, India, and the United States. A past president of Sociedad Interamericana de Planificación, she holds a B.A. from Stanford and a Ph.D. from Cornell. About her most recent book, The Heart of Community Engagement: Practitioner Stories from Across the Globe (Routledge, 2019), the Journal of Planning Education and Research writes “Easy to read and inspiring, Wilson is a good storyteller with good stories to tell….A great book for students and scholars of community development or placemaking who want to do more than mere facilitation or ‘community outreach.’

Who are they for?

Creative placemaking by definition involves people from a variety of backgrounds. We therefore welcome community leaders from a wide range of professions andperspectives, including the following:

Architecture, Arts, Arts Administration, Business, Chambers of Commerce, Community Development, Community volunteers/activists/Design professionals, Developers, Economic developers, Education/teachers/students,Food systems/food banks, Healthcare and Wellness, Industry, Justice Systems, Library science, Main Street professionals, Makers, Museum professionals, Nonprofit professionals, Public officials, Policy wonks, Urban Planners.

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Sept. 2 – APAPASE and Connect the Dots hosting Quizzo!

Join APAPASE and Connect the Dots on Wednesday, September 2nd for a local tradition: Quizzo! Join us over Zoom for an evening of fun, networking, and prizes – all while competing against colleagues and friends to answer planning and general interest questions. Sign up as a team or on your own, and you could win a gift card up to $25 (perfect for spending at a local business!). Participation is FREE and open to all, but drinks and appetizers are BYO.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3arfZRA.

This event is sponsored by Connect the Dots.

Connect the Dots is an expert stakeholder engagement firm that brings individuals and organizations together to craft innovative, actionable solutions that move projects and cities forward. The mission of Connect the Dots is to build better cities and neighborhoods through inclusive, insight-driven stakeholder engagement. We work with private and public sector partners on both sides of the Atlantic. Visit www.connectthedotsinsights.com for more information.

Sept. 10 – APA PA SE Council Meeting

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, APA PA SE Council meetings will be held via teleconference for the foreseeable future. Bi-monthly Council meetings occur on the second Thursday of every other month at 5:30 PM, with the next meeting occurring on September 10.

Call-in information is 1-866-499-7054; Code: 7352890020. All are welcome.

 

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August 20 – CM Webinar – APA Region 1 Webcast hosted by PA Chapter

August 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

APA Region 1 Webcast hosted by PA Chapter
Location Analytics for Coronavirus Preparation Planning | 1 CM 
(pending approval)

This webinar will go over planning for emergencies and disasters, such as the COVID-19 outbreak, of this year, requires quick access to current data related to community resources and business, as well as identification of at-risk populations. This session will review the use of business analytics software and data to map vulnerable populations, medical and emergency services, and create dashboards, web-based maps, and web sites to inform planners and the community.

Speakers:
Gary Coutu, PhD, West Chest University
Victor Rodite, AICP, Borough of Northampton

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APA CM Webinar and Live Discussion: How Planners Can Collaborate With Public Health During a Pandemic

Attend the live discussion on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern –Register Here

APA is presenting, for the first time, a panel discussion among AICP planners working within public health departments to highlight how planners can be agile and help with pandemic/emergency response and recovery work.  This interactive virtual course includes breakout rooms with moderated peer-to-peer interactions to develop solutions for rebuilding and designing more equitable communities.

  • Learn how the local public health department operates, including the structure, responsibilities, and the type of projects/programs they undertake.
  • Identify areas for collaboration between planners and public health departments during emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate the value of planning and the importance of including planners in pandemic response and recovery phases.

In these challenging times, public health agencies are experiencing work fatigue due to the additional workload. In such times (and beyond), planners should be considered as an extension of the public health workforce to help relieve some of the pressures of the local public health departments. Planners can collaborate in many ways, such as data tracking and monitoring, map creation, identifying clusters of new outbreaks, contact tracing, addressing health inequities, and providing other creative solutions for the new normal.

Register to learn how you can become a part of the solution by collaborating with public health. 

June 18 – MUSE-ings: Planning While Black in a Pandemic

“MUSE-ings: Planning While Black in a Pandemic” is a free virtual panel discussion with Black planners from four cities (Philly, Chicago, LA, Detroit) taking stock of this moment personally and professionally. Nina Idemudia, AICP, is bringing together these voices and the panel is comprised of three planners who will share their expertise, insights and experiences: Kristen Gordon, Economic Development Deputy for Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson in Los Angeles; Khalilah Burt Gaston, Founder & President at Guidepath Strategies in Detroit; and Dr. Matthew Miller, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia. This conversation is part of a series by MUSE called Candid Covid Convos as a space for honest conversations about how planning & related fields can respond to today’s crises.

The program is free and takes place on Thursday, Jun 18, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT. In lieu of a ticket cost, the registration link allows for donations for Black architecture & planning organizations which are in high stakes circumstances right now – from CDFIs to community organizing CBOs/RCOs and more – because of the COVID-driven recession. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/museings-planning-while-black-in-a-crisis-tickets-109656728226

Matthew Jordan Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design Department of City and Regional Planning. His intellectual interests are economic development, placemaking and place-keeping, and visual/spatial analysis, particularly on and for Black/African diasporic communities. He is a photographer, storyteller, and geographer who approaches these topics using mixed methods for producing insights that he weaves into his essays, presentations, teachings, and research. Dr. Miller has worked through fellowships and consultancies at governmental agencies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Stockton, the City of Los Angeles’ Economic and Workforce Development Department, and most recently the National Endowment for the Arts as a Panelist. He is working on his first book, based on his doctoral dissertation, exploring and theorizing around the geography of Black commerce, culture, and creativity in the United States. His intellectual work has been honored by the National Academy of the Sciences and the Association for Collegiate Schools in Planning. His civic work has been recognized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the California State Legislature. His artistic and cultural work has been featured in the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Tribune.

June 11 – Information session: Philadelphia Master Watershed Stewards

The Philadelphia County Master Watershed Steward Program will be offering a training in fall of 2020!

Join the community of volunteers working to improve the health of Philly’s waterways!

Master Watershed Stewards volunteer to protect our environment, by:

  • Organizing educational events,  workshops, and community walks
  • Planting trees and restoring streams
  • Sampling water quality and
  • Monitoring wildlife
  • Hosting stream and trash clean-ups
  • Working towards clean waters and environmental justice
  • Designing demonstration rain gardens
  • And more!

First time hearing about the Master Watershed Steward program?  Find out more on our general information page.

How to Apply

Before applying please visit our Do you really want to be a Master Watershed Steward? page. To apply:

1. Download and complete this application (PDF).

2. Submit the completed application by email to Erin Frederick at elf145@psu.edu.

3.  Attend an Online Information Session:

Thursday, June 11th at 6:30 p.m.

         Register here.

Things to Note:

  • Space is limited in the class and not all who apply will be accepted.
  • Attending the class costs $70, thanks to support from the Philadelphia Water Department, and includes the Master Watershed Steward handbook.  Payment is due after notification of your acceptance in the program.  Scholarships are available to individuals with financial hardships.
  • Participants can only miss one class or field trip and still be eligible for graduation of the program. If you miss more than one class, it is the responsibility of the participant to work with the instructors to make up the missed class. Otherwise, you risk not graduating.
  • Graduation is conditional on attending classes, field trips, and passing the final exam.

May 21 – APAPASE Events Committee Meeting

Thu, May 21, 2020

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT

Register here

Do you like to organize events (both virtual and in-person) like happy hours, walking tours, and educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee and help us plan fun events! We would love to have volunteers to help with all aspects of the event-planning process – for now that might include brainstorming event ideas, inviting speakers, and advertising/marketing events. Eventually that will expand to in-person support including working the registration table, coordinating with venues, and ordering food/beverages.

May 28: #ReadyforPreservation: Tools and Tips to Support Your Downtown’s Recovery and Revitalization

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Thursday, May 28th at 10:00 AM

Pennsylvania downtowns are the economic, social, and cultural heart of many communities. Downtown buildings, businesses and activities often reflect a community’s history, values and economic core as well as the aspirations of local leaders and community members. Today, Pennsylvania downtowns are facing the daunting task of responding to the current economic havoc and planning for future challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of those efforts, there are many ways in which the application of a traditional downtown design ethic can be appropriately and thoughtfully integrated into recovery efforts.

Join the Pennsylvania Downtown Center and staff from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office for a one-hour webinar to explore different ways your community can sensitively manage the changes we face as a result of the pandemic’s impact. Based upon the Main Street principles of Economic Vitality and Design, this webinar is focused on providing realistic and practical suggestions for communities of all shapes and sizes whether they are in the reaction, response, or recovery phase. Among topics to be covered will be messaging, vacancy management or prevention, Historic Architectural Review Board or Preservation Commission activities and more.

Speakers include:

  • Mary Tate, Pennsylvania Downtown Center
  • Cory Kegerise/PA SHPO Eastern Region Community Preservation Coordinator
  • Bryan Van Sweden/PA SHPO Central Region Community Preservation Coordinator
  • Bill Callahan/PA SHPO Western Region Community Preservation Coordinator

May 28: Research in Action: Trends in How Municipalities Are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space

Thu, May 28, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

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Learn about the various strategies communities are implementing in response to increased demands for safe public space for walking and cycling during the COVID19 crisis.

Researchers at UNC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center will present on an effort to collect and analyze data on these strategies in order to identify community-based factors related to their adoption, impacts, long-term viability, and potential unintended consequence.

Tools for collecting pedestrian data in all communities will be presented and a range of possible indicators and creative indirect measures of pedestrian activity will be explored.

Attendees will be invited via instant polling to contribute to this ongoing research by sharing observations and opinions about the changing demands on public space in your community:

  • Are space considerations a significant issue in your community?
  • What is your experience in sharing public space and social distancing?
  • How safe are you feeling?
  • What feedback are you hearing from others in your community about what’s working (or not working for them)?

Presenters will also share suggestions for creative approaches attendees can use to estimate the impacts of COVID19 on walking conditions and pedestrian activity in their communities. Join us and become a citizen scientist for helping us all understand the many ways that COVID19-induced stay-at-home orders and social distancing are changing the way we use public space.

Presenters

Dr. Tabitha Combs has expertise in transport and land use planning, the built environment-travel behavior connection, equity impacts of new mobility innovations, and transport planning in developing contexts.

She has a particular focus on understanding the social and environmental impacts of transport policies. She has a Ph.D. and master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an undergraduate degree from Davidson College.

 

Dan Gelinne is a Senior Research Associate at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center. Mr. Gelinne manages research and technical assistance programs related to road safety with an emphasis on pedestrian and bicyclist safety.

He serves as a Program Manager for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), and has managed the development and delivery of numerous training programs for State and Federal clients.

 

Heyden Black Walker (CNU-A, MSCRP) is Director of Planning for Black + Vernooy, carrying forth a family legacy of local urban design and community advocacy. Together with her father, Sinclair Black, she created Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower the main lanes of I-35 through downtown Austin, creating a vision of the highway rebuild that reconnects neighborhoods while providing multi-modal access to jobs, medical facilities, transit, and civic resources.

With the goal of equity in transportation and increased access for all, Heyden also donates her time and advocacy efforts to the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council (member), the Congress for the New Urbanism – Central Texas Chapter (Board of Directors), Vision Zero ATX (member), and Austin Outside (Board of Directors). Heyden is a 2016 fellow of the national Walking College.