Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities
Current programs in the Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities address three areas critical to building the field of equitable creative placemaking and placekeeping and working toward more just and equitable communities:
- Addressing current standards of practice in arts, design, community development, planning and other related fields.
- Strengthening the knowledge base around creative placemaking and placekeeping as a critical element of neighborhood and systems change.
- Building leaders, stewards and supporters of the work.
Creative Measurement Lab
Creative Measurement Lab is a program developed to advance more adequate and useful research, measurement and evaluation approaches that account for the roles of arts, culture and design in neighborhood and systems change. The lab is informed by an Equitable Evaluation approach that calls for the questioning of industry orthodoxies, lifting up community expertise and the acknowledgment of systemic sources of inequity.
The Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities Faculty Academy builds the bench of faculty focused on creative placemaking and placekeeping. The academy is a learning cohort connecting scholars from across ASU and in multiple disciplines to community leaders in order to inform institutional practice and curriculum related to equitable creative placemaking and placekeeping. The program is intended to help participants build the skills, personal reflections and insights needed to do ethical work. This requires interrogating the most strategic roles of universities in redressing historic inequity, shifting current dominant concepts of community engagement and building robust community alliances.
2022-23 Faculty Academy
- Christine Buzinde, School of Community Resources and Development
- Chingwen Cheng, The Design School
- Meagan Ehlenz, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
- Kate Fox, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Kelly Jackson, School of Social Work
- Stacey Kuznetsov, School of Arts Media and Engineering
- Tiffany Lopez, ASU Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community
- Joanna Lucio, School of Public Affairs
- Julio Morales, ASU Art Museum
- Brett Petersen, School of Social Work
- Cody Telep, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Benjamin Timpson, School of Art
- Grisha Coleman, School of Arts, Media and Engineering
- Paul Coseo, The Design School
- Miki Garcia, ASU Art Museum
- Bridget Healey, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Richard Knopf, School of Community Resources and Development (CRD), Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
- Johanna Taylor, The Design School
- Evan Tobias, School of Music, Dance and Theatre
- Kevin Wright, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Milagros Zingoni, The Design School
Senior Policy Fellowship
The Studio for Creativity, Place and Equitable Communities Senior Policy Fellowship provides selected seasoned creative placemaking and placekeeping practitioners and scholars with time and resources to harvest their insights and experience for the benefit of the field. The six current policy fellows have played an advisory role in the development of programs of the Studio for Creativity Place and Equitable Communities and are pursuing their individual work on a range of topics ranging from the role of festivals in building more equitable communities to considering whether creative placemaking is a human rights movement or a property rights movement.
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What is equitable creative placemaking and our role?
Creative placemaking and placekeeping shows up in many ways, including, but not limited to:
- Artists, designers and culture bearers being at decision making tables helping to frame policy and planning issues and define solutions.
- Initiatives to reclaim cultural and aesthetic and design practices among populations that have been historic targets of assimilation.
- Efforts that encourage all community residents to activate their creativity in service of short-term and long-term efforts towards social change and well-being.
ASU’s work to advance equitable creative placemaking and placekeeping is led by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions through the Studio for Creativity Place and Equitable Communities. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creativity and Place Podcast
In our Creativity and Place podcast series, field leaders and scholars explore key questions and issues.