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Creative Placemaking in a Context of Historic Preservation

June 8, 2018

Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking is a valuable technique for revitalizing communities if you can believe the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America and a host of leaders in large and small communities across the United States.  Unfortunately, it’s a fuzzy concept with many definitions.  Our June 8th Friday Professional Program at the Old House Fair in Bellefonte will be devoted to creative placemaking.  We aspire to clarify what it is and isn’t, illustrate its potential to transform communities, investigate how it works in practice and take a hard look at how it can be evaluated.  There will be a slight but far from domineering emphasis on the historic built environment as a component of creative placemaking. More Information >>

Come to the Match Factory in historic Bellefonte on June 8th to learn about creative placemaking from the experts:

Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Anne Gadwa Nicodemus. Principal & CEO, Metris Arts Consulting, who in 2010 coauthored the publication,
Creative Placemaking, that coined the term

Micah Gursky, Executive Director, Tamaqua Area Community Partnership who spent twelve years raising up the troubled town of Tamaqua, using creative placemaking before Anne had even named it and hasn’t changed a thing once he knew what to call it.

We’ve also assembled a panel of four local changemakers who will supplement the messages of our experts with down-to-earth stories of fostering community through arts and culture.

The cost of the full day program is $25 which includes light refreshments during breaks between sessions.  For further information including the day’s agenda, please visit our Old House Fair program webpage By clicking the link below.  The attachment to this email also contains additional background on creative placemaking.



June 8, 2018
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