Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Conference Overview

An annual gathering of arts workers, community leaders, and other stakeholders exploring how the arts can make Southern communities more inclusive, connected, and resilient.

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Detailed Conference Description

Co-presented by South Arts, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP), and ArtPlace America, 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

Plans for the next Southern Regional Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit are being revised to deliver great content while respecting everyone's health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dates, details, venue, and schedule information will be announced as soon as they become available.

Who should attend?

Creative Placemaking initiatives span all different aspects of integrating the arts within a community. This conference is appropriate for—but not limited to—community planners, elected officials, policy makers, economic development departments, arts organizations, artists, and any other decision-makers in communities across the South.


South Arts believes in the power and strength of Creative Placemaking to serve as an agent of transformation and unity. We have collected the following resources to help inform Creative Placemaking practitioners around the region.

  1. Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector: A Rural Action GuideCourtesy National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Governors’ Association and National Endowment for the Arts
  2. Arts, Culture and Transportation: A Creative Placemaking Field ScanCourtesy ArtPlace America
  3. Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersect with Housing: Emerging Practices and Implications for Further ActionCourtesy ArtPlace America
  4. Exploring the Ways Arts and Culture Intersect with Public Safety: Identifying Current Practice and Opportunities for Further InquiryCourtesy ArtPlace America
  5. Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental ProgressCourtesy ArtPlace America
  6. Cultural Placekeeping Guide: How to Create a Network for Local Emergency ActionCourtesy the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response
  7. How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community DevelopmentCourtesy the National Endowment for the Arts
  8. Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America: Research Findings from the Rural Establishment Innovation SurveyCourtesy the National Endowment for the Arts
  9. The Growing Importance of the Arts to Rural AmericaCourtesy Governing

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

National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Thank You to Our Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit Partners


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