Creative Placemaking

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What is "Creative Placemaking?"

ASU Herberger Institute Admissions - Creative Placemaking

Our definition of Creative Placemaking is the strategic integration of arts, culture and community engaged design into comprehensive community planning and development. We believe:

  • All communities have cultural assets--including the creativity, imagination and wisdom of residents—from which to build.
  • Art, culture and community engaged design are intrinsically important AND are crucial elements of strategies aimed at building equitable communities where all people can thrive. They contribute positively to a range of inter-related community conditions and dynamics such as:
    • strengthening community fabric and stewardship,
    • physical transformation of place,
    • changes in community narrative,
    • civic engagement,
    • health and economic development,
    • and many more…

As a higher education institution, ASU’s role in this work is to:

  • Help build and fill the pipeline of artists, planners, community developers and people from other fields who can integrate arts, culture and community engaged design into strategies to expand opportunity, particularly in low-income communities.
    • This entails developing and adapting curriculum for students and current practitioners.
      Interested in this?
  • Help build the field of creative placemaking and support current practices.
    • This entails conducting research, and developing measurement and evaluation tools.
      Interested in this?
  • Collaborate toward the sustained integration of arts, culture and community engaged design in comprehensive community development, particularly in the Phoenix region.
    • This entails working on initiatives with community organizations and government agencies along with artists, designers, tradition bearers and other creative residents committed to creating a region full of culturally vibrant, just communities where all people can thrive.
      Interested in this?

At ASU, this work is being led by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

We are currently engaging with faculty, staff, students and community members who have interest in this work and in building opportunities for collaboration.

You can email us at creativeplacemaking@asu.edu.

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