Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

Save the Date: November 3-4, 2022, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mark your calendars. The 2022 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: South & Appalachia will be held November 3-4, 2022, in Chapel Hill North Carolina. Registration and session details coming soon.

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.

You Can Lead a Session!

We are looking for sessions that offer Summit participants new or different ideas or perspectives or different ways of learning. Submit a proposed session topic today! Deadline extended through July 1

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Detailed Conference Description

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South Arts, in partnership with Creative Placemaking Communities, is bringing the 2022 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit: South & Appalachia to Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Summit is designed to facilitate a network of artists, civic and cultural leaders, educators, public officials, and more from around the South to work in unison to build new and stronger partnerships, projects, programs, and policies. The experiences created at the summit will inform, inspire and empower the voices of those in the community.

Join us November 3-4, 2022, to experience what the Summit has to offer: its peer-to-peer exchanges, professional development, research roundtables, and much more. The Summit is more than a gathering. It’s a place for creative placemakers working, living, or interested in the South to grow their strength and their community.

Details, registration information, session topics, deadlines, and other specific information will be posted as soon as they are available.

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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.

Submit a Session Topic

We are looking for sessions that offer Summit participants new or different ideas or perspectives or different ways of learning. You can submit a proposed session on any topic that's relevant to creative placemaking. Everyone is welcome to submit a proposal! If your session is selected, you may be eligible for a $300 stipend and additional benefits. The deadline to submit a proposal has been extended through July 1, 2022.

Submit a Session Topic

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

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

South Arts and Creative Placemaking Communities are accepting proposals to host the 2023 and 2024 summit (dates TBD).

Submit a Proposal for Your Community


South Arts and Creative Placemaking Communities seek communities to host the 2023 and 2024 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits. Use the form below to submit your community for consideration. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 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 2023?

Submit a Proposal to Host Either the 2023 or 2024 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits