- September 2
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Creative Placemaking in the Time of COVID
Creative placemaking – defined by the Kresge Foundation as the process of deliberately integrating arts, culture and community-engaged design into comprehensive community development – can be a catalyst in creating more equitable and inclusive places. During the pandemic and the protests for racial justice, creative placemaking has emerged as a strategy to draw attention to injustice, elevate diverse voices, and create new opportunities for socially distanced community gathering and engagement. How is creative placemaking in public spaces and real estate adapting to this period of disruption and what will it look like going forward? Join experts from across the United States and beyond to explore creative placemaking today and in the future.
Contextualized with pandemic and protests, focusing on streets, parks and public spaces, and RE development
Ben Stone (Moderator)
Director of Arts and Culture
Smart Growth America
Ben Stone is Director of Arts & Culture at Smart Growth America and its program Transportation for America. Ben leads the organization’s broad efforts to help communities across the country better integrate arts, culture, and creative placemaking into neighborhood revitalization, equitable development, and transportation planning efforts.
Senior Visiting Fellow
Urban Land Institute
Juanita Hardy is ULI’s Senior Visiting Fellow for Creative Placemaking. She has decades of experience in business and in the arts as a nonprofit leader, trustee, collector, and patron. Hardy is the former Executive Director of CulturalDC, a nonprofit committed to making space for artists and art organizations and fostering cultural and economic vibrancy in communities through creative placemaking.
Publisher, Public Art Review, Forecast
Theresa Sweetland is an experienced executive director, fundraiser, curator, and leader in the field of community cultural development and creative placemaking. Theresa served as Executive/Artistic Director of Intermedia Arts, Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts organization, where her leadership successfully revived this renowned arts organization from near death in 2009 to stability and national prominence. Most recently, she served as Director of Development and External Relations at the Minnesota Museum of American Art where her efforts focused on raising visibility and resources to support the rebirth of the St. Paul institution.
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