Creative Placemaking

As Jamie Bennett writes in “Creative Placemaking: Doing Art to Change a Place,” “creative placemaking” is used “to describe projects in which artists and arts organizations are explicitly working as part of a larger strategy to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic characters.” For some starting examples, check out the ArtPlace Grantee Summit 2014 on the subject in conjunction with the 2014 ArtPlace America Grantee Summit.

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Applied Theatre for Community Development in Nigeria
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Applied Theatre for Community Development in Nigeria
by Kofoworola Owokotomo
26 July 2021
SEGAL TALKS with Alec Duffy & Brian Rogers (NYC)
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SEGAL TALKS with Alec Duffy & Brian Rogers (NYC)
Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona
Thursday 24 June 2021
United States
Creating a Platform for Black-Palestinian Solidarity
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Creating a Platform for Black-Palestinian Solidarity
by Jen Marlowe
6 July 2021
A group of women and children.
Applied Theatre for Community Development in Nigeria
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Applied Theatre for Community Development in Nigeria

26 July 2021

Kofoworola Owokotomo shares the theatre for development processes she undertook with a team of students to tackle issues of drug abuse, tribalism, and poor attitudes towards education in two Nigerian communities.

Creating a Platform for Black-Palestinian Solidarity
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Creating a Platform for Black-Palestinian Solidarity

6 July 2021

Jen Marlowe shares how her documentary play There Is A Field became a framework for exploring Black-Palestinian solidarity.

headshots of Alec Duffy and  Brian Rogers (NYC).
SEGAL TALKS with Alec Duffy & Brian Rogers (NYC)
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SEGAL TALKS with Alec Duffy & Brian Rogers (NYC)

Join us for a conversation about curating, producing and presenting theatre and performance in the Time of Corona

Thursday 24 June 2021
United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center presents SEGAL TALKS with Alec Duffy & Brian Rogers (NYC) livestreaming on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 24 June 2021 at 9 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4).

three clowns posing with a handmade banner
Action and Reaction / Acción Y Reacción
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Action and Reaction / Acción Y Reacción

The Experience of a Chilensis Clown Circus Theatre Company / Experiencia de una compañía chilensis de circo teatro payasx

11 November 2020

Members of Chile’s Compañía Siató—Valentina Paz Berger Correa, Jean Carlo Montecinos Carreño, Hernán Enrique Huerta Vargas, and Felipe Jesús Pereira Godoy—discuss clowning across Latin America; their show Sacrilegio, which denounces and ridicules religion, the church, and the police; the political duty of the artist; and more.

triptych of three clowns
A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon
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A Very Very Very Serious Clown from Lebanon

10 November 2020

Amrita Dhaliwal and Nathaniel Justiniano speak with Lebanese humanitarian clown Sabine Choucair, covering the differences between clowning and bouffon, joining the revolution, environmental work, and more.

three people, text: "Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks. A Celebration of Black Joy. Virtual Event"
The 10th Annual Leimert Park Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks
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The 10th Annual Leimert Park Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks

A Celebration of Black Joy presented by LA Commons and the Leimert Park Art Walk

Sunday 30 August 2020
Los Angeles, California

LA Commons presented the 10th Annual Leimert Park Day of the Ancestors: Festival of Masks livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 30 August 2020 at 2 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC-7) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

three people standing/sitting in a parking lot in front of cars with ribbons on sticks
A Time of Interrogation
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A Time of Interrogation

27 July 2020

Teresa Coleman Wash reflects on how the current state of affairs has fueled an urgency to interrogate all systems of oppression and argues that it’s past time to stop holding Eurocentric theatres up as the pinnacle of success.

multiple brown sticky notes on a white surface
Willing Change in a World of Many Crises
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Willing Change in a World of Many Crises

5 May 2020

Ragnhild Freng Dale questions what it means to talk about theatre, politics, and activism at a time when we all isolate our bodies from those of others.

event photos on blue background with arts, culture, & community investment text
Arts, Culture, and Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas
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Arts, Culture, and Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas

with Ignite/Arts Dallas: A Center for People, Purpose + Place

Tuesday 25 February 2020
Dallas, Texas

Ignite/Arts Dallas presented Arts, Culture & Community Investment - CultureBank Dallas livestreamed on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network on Tuesday 25 February at 11 a.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC-8) / 1 p.m. CST (Dallas, UTC-6) / 2 p.m. EST (New York, UTC-5).

nine people standing in a large space
My Cultural Cluj
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My Cultural Cluj

Building Community in Post-Communist Romania

4 February 2020

Mihai Mateiu discusses his trajectory as an arts organizer in Cluj, from open-air music festivals to running a bookshop and cultural venue, to working to build arts audiences by partnering with businesses.

a group of performers outside
Theatre for Development in Malawi
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Theatre for Development in Malawi

5 November 2019

Isaac Mafuel talks about Malawi’s most prevalent form of theatre, its history, and its impact and challenges.

a group of actors onstage
Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre
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Adapting to a New Normal in Jeune Terre

29 September 2019

Playwright Gab Reisman discusses writing a play about climate change and moving toward a model of collective accountability and civic action.

a screen shot
Nothing is an Answer, Everything is a Signal
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Nothing is an Answer, Everything is a Signal

On NYC’s the Shed and the Institution of Novelty

15 July 2019

Zach Donovan discusses how the Shed—the state-of-the-art arts complex in New York City’s recent real estate development, Hudson Yards—has become a point of contention in the downtown theatre community.

a colorful mural that says community
So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?
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So You Want to Move to the Developing Neighborhood?

25 June 2019

Jordan Schwartz discusses gentrification in developing neighborhoods, how artists moving in need to work with the existing communities, and what kind of change that can bring about.

Meet the Neighbours project logo
Conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project
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Conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project

Who do you work for?—an international symposium on artistic practices with local communities, hosted by Labirynt Gallery and East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) in Lublin, Poland

Friday 14 December 2018
Lublin, Poland

East European Performing Arts Platform (EEPAP) and Labirynt Gallery presented a livestreaming conversation about the Meet the Neighbours project during the Who do you work for? international symposium at Labirynt Gallery in Lublin, Poland on artistic practices with local communities. Livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Friday 14 December 2018 at 14:00 UTC +1 (Berlin) / 13:00 UTC +0 (London) / 8 a.m. EST (New York, UTC -5).

two women looking at a monument sculpture
Monuments: Shaping Public Space, Memory & Culture: Discussion
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Monuments: Shaping Public Space, Memory & Culture: Discussion

with NEFA and WBUR in Boston

Thursday 13 December 2018
Boston, MA

Update: this event will no longer be livestreamed. Check back here for a video archive. New England Foundation for the Arts and WBUR present a discussion on Monuments: Shaping Public Space, Memory, and Culture livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv at 2:30 p.m. PST (San Francisco) / 4:30 p.m. CST (Chicago) / 5:30 p.m. EST (Boston) on Thursday 13 December.

three people sitting at a table having a conversation
Belonging in a “Creative” City
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Belonging in a “Creative” City

11 October 2018

Dr. Friederike Landau and Christophe Knoch explore artist activism in Berlin, detailing the purpose of the Koalition der Freien Szene and weaving in thoughts from the city’s senator for culture and Europe, Dr. Klaus Lsderer.

Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro
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Decolonizing Theatre/La Descolonización del Teatro

an Introduction/Introducción

27 May 2018

Annalisa Dias and Madeline Sayet introduce the Decolonizing Theatre series by exploring the ways the American theatre has been and still is complicit in the legacy of colonialism.

PS122
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PS122

Past and Future

Monday 17 April 2017
New York, NY, United States

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented PS122: Past and Future with Vallejo Gantner, Mark Russell, and Jenny Schlenzka livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 17 April at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

The New Cities, Future Ruins Convening at Southern Methodist University
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The New Cities, Future Ruins Convening at Southern Methodist University

Sunday 13 November 2016 
Dallas, TX, United States

You’re invited to join the New Cities, Future Ruins convening from Southern Methodist University’s campus in Dallas, Texas for the Sunday morning mainstage presentations livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Sunday 13 November at 7:30 a.m. PST (Vancouver) / 9:30 a.m. CST (Austin) / 10:30 a.m. EST (New York) / 15:30 GMT-UTC (London). 

The Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking National Summit at the University of Iowa
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The Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking National Summit at the University of Iowa

Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October 2016
Iowa City, Iowa

The Rural Policy Research Institute presented the Next Generation Rural Creative Placemaking National Summit livestreamed on the global, commons-based and peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October 2016. See the livestream schedule below. In Twitter, follow @HowlRoundTV and use #howlround

The ArtPlace America Summit on Creative Placemaking
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The ArtPlace America Summit on Creative Placemaking

Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April 2016
Phoenix, AZ, United States

ArtPlace America presented the annual ArtPlace Summit in Phoenix, Arizona livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv Monday 4 April to Wednesday 6 April. In Twitter, use #ArtPlaceSummit, and follow @ArtPlaceAmerica and @HowlRoundTV

Translations—CPCP Update 3
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Translations—CPCP Update 3

New Civic Practice Case Studies

18 August 2015

Michael Rohd with an update on the Center for Performance and Civic Practice’s Catalyst Initiative. 

Panel Gentrification & Business at The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
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Panel Gentrification & Business at The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art

Thursday 19 March 2015
Detroit, MI, United States

The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit presented the panel discussion Gentrification & Business livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 19 March at 3 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles) / 5 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6 p.m. EDT (New York). In Twitter, follow @NNamdiCenter, and use #howlround.

A street festival in full swing.
Live Webcast & Twitter Discussions for Beyond the Building
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Live Webcast & Twitter Discussions for Beyond the Building

Performing Arts and Transforming Place—#PerformPlace—Mon, Nov 3

24 October 2014

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), with support from ArtPlace America, is hosting a convening that examines how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices: "Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place". This multiplatform convening will be live webcasted and will have Twitter discussions on hashtag #performplace on Monday, November 3, 2014, from 6am PST to 2pm PST / 7am MST to 3pm MST / 8am CST to 4pm CST / 9am EST to 5pm EST.