Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Conference Overview

An annual gathering of artists, community leaders, educators, and other professionals exploring how arts and cultural activities help make communities more inclusive, connected and resilient.

Want the Creative Placeamking Leadership Summit to come to your community?

South Arts and Creative Placemaking Communities are accepting proposals to host the 2022 summit (dates TBD) through February 7, 2022.

Submit a proposal for your community

Detailed Conference Description

Co-presented by South Arts and Creative Placemaking Communities, the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is an annual gathering that explores how arts and cultural programming can be forces for connection and community resilience throughout the southeastern United States.

As our communities become more diverse, they may also become more divided. Creative placemaking provides ways to build bridges across these differences in hopes of more inclusive, connected, and resilient places. Join us as we explore how arts and cultural programming can bring people closer together.

Important Dates & DEadlines

  • Submit a proposal to host the summit in your community: February 7, 2022 (please note: we have extended the original deadline of February 1, 2022)
  • Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: Anticipated Fall 2022, exact dates TBD

About the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit connects, informs, inspires and empowers hundreds of artists, civic and cultural leaders, educators, public officials and more from around the South. Through the Summit participants can build new or better partnerships, projects, programs and policies. The Summit offers a wide range of experiences, including peer exchanges, research roundtables, training sessions, and more.

The Summit is more than a gathering. It’s a place for creative placemakers working, living, or just interested in the South to grow their strength and their community.

Bring the Summit to Your Community

South Arts and Creative Placemaking Communities seek a community to host the 2022 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit. Use the form below to submit your community for consideration. The deadline for submissions is February 7, 2022 (please note: we have extended the original deadline of February 1, 2022).

What to know before submitting a proposal:

  • States eligible to host the summit include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
  • Summits typically bring together 250 to 350 professionals from the worlds of arts and culture, community and economic development, government, grantmaking, community planning and placemaking, and tourism.
  • Summits are designed to attract participants from throughout the Southeast. 
  • We plan to hold the summit over 2-5 days in early to mid-November. The summit will be hybrid (partially online and partially in-person).
  • Summit hosts are expected to help us plan the event and any local activities, and get some financial and in-kind support, promote the event through their networks.
  • We prefer to hold the summit in a place that is walkable and has activities and spaces that would be interesting to creative placemakers. 
  • We prefer to be in a place that is relatively close to an airport or train station. 
  • Two important factors we will consider are:
    • Who else in your community will be involved (the more parts of your community are represented on your team, the better)?
    • How much financial and in-kind support you think can be provided by late Spring 2022?

Submit a proposal to host the 2022 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Creative placemaking happens when artists and arts organizations join their neighbors in shaping their community’s future, working together on place-based community outcomes.

Creative Placemaking Communities


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