Whether in-person or online, NCCP offers a wide variety of custom learning services. See below for a listing of our current programs. We can work with you to develop new and custom trainings as well.
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Workshop: Economic Development for Artists, Designers, and Makers
Description: Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in economic development – from creating jobs to attracting key industries.. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key economic development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will get robust data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences.
Workshop: Building Teams for Creative Placemaking
Description: As Geraldine R. Dodge President Chris Daggett has said, “The hardest part of collaboration is collaborating.” This workshop focuses on building sustainable and high-performing teams for creative placemaking. Participants will learn how teams go from starting off as a group of people with different agendas to a team with a shared mission and views on how to move forward. Participants will also learn the methods of Community Coaching, a team-building and planning tool that has been used in 15 communities in New Jersey and Louisiana.
Workshop: Building Public Support
Description: Tired of traditional community meetings? A lot of people in the community are too. This workshop explores artistic and fun ways to engage community members. Participants will learn about easy ways to create community models, photo-voice, visual note-taking, role-playing and other methods of engaging audiences. Participants will learn how to use these methods to get critical knowledge about communities, build consensus, or generate enthusiasm.
Workshop: Designing Sites for Creativity
Description: Yes, arts can happen anywhere, but artists have certain preferences for where they want to practice. This workshop explores how to design interior spaces in residential, commercial and industrial buildings to support creative production and entrepreneurship. Participants will learn about the needs for space and amenities of different types of artists, designers and makers, as well as cost-effective strategies used by developers, architects and landscape architects.
Workshop: Zoning and Permitting for the Creative Economy
Description: Do your community’s land use regulations and permitting practices support a diversity of activities in the creative economy? Or do they encourage these beneficial activities to other towns? This workshop explores various uses in the creative economy, and their land use and permitting preferences. Participants will also learn how to review their land use codes to assess how ‘creative’ friendly are their regulations. Note: Participants should be able to access (online, or in print), their community’s land use and permitting regulations.
Workshop: Financing for Creative Placemaking
Description: There is a wide range of ways to fund creative placemaking, including grants, sponsorships and tax credits. Participants in this workshop will learn how to craft a proposal to appeal to funders of creative placemaking, and how to strengthen their arts or community and economic development programs to become creative placemaking programs. Participants will also receive an inventory of funders that support creative placemaking, and get a better understanding of what funders in this field seek from applicants. Learners will get the opportunity to review and critique mock proposals.
Workshop: Site-Based Community Events
Description: Every place has a story. Narratives can span in time and place, from millennia to centuries, from yesterday to tomorrow, from history to fiction. Parks, historic buildings, waterfronts, town squares, abandoned lots, and storefronts can all be activated and better used through storytelling. Community-inspired performances and events can be a great way to learn more about a particular site and the people who use it every day. Attendees will dig into the story of a particular site, learn how to brainstorm ideas for events, and ultimately bridge the gap between a community and a place through storytelling, listening, making, and experiencing.
Workshop: Creating Public Art
Description: A piece of public art can be a creative beacon that connects an entire community. Or it could be just another object on the sidewalk that some people, some people hate, and too many ignore. The difference often is about how it’s designed, who’s involved, and who’s making what decisions. This workshop will help you design and develop true community-guided public art initiatives. You will learn all steps of the process, from idea creation through site selection to installation.
Workshop: Creating Community Murals
Description: Murals are a popular and inexpensive way to get more art in a community and to get more community members involved in art. A community mural is more than putting art on a surface; it describes ways of engaging community members in the mural making process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify good spaces and budget for murals, and various ways to engage stakeholders from design to implementation. Participants will also have the experience of creating a mock mural.
Description: Taking stock of your existing assets and opportunities can help you do more cost-effective creative placemaking. You will learn how to read a community for ‘hidden’ creative assets and opportunity sites. You will also learn how to engage stakeholders in crowd mapping and how to build better creative placemaking strategies from your maps.
Workshop: Creative Urban Design
Description: Outdoor spaces that are designed to foster creative activity can attract and retain more people over many hours. This can improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and freedom and belonging in your community. This workshop explores how to design outdoor spaces to achieve distinct purposes – such as performances, exhibitions, co-creation, individual creation, or meditation/inspiration. Participants will also learn how to design art-ful spaces to enhance circulation and civic engagement.
Workshop: Community Development for Artists, Designers, and Makers
Description: Arts are powerful vehicles for all goals in community development – from helping children succeed in school to addressing cultural tensions in communities. This session explores the ways that arts affect people in communities. Participants will identify key community development issues in their communities and develop strategies to address them through arts activities. Participants will get robust data-backed talking points to help them influence key audiences.
Workshop: Community Development for Engaged Artists: Achieving Greater Impact
Workshop: Achieving Greater Impact: Creative Economic Development
Clinic: Creative Placemaking Clinic: From Idea to Action
Clinic: Cultural District Clinic
How the Arts Can Lead to Lasting Social Change
The arts can help make communities better for everyone. But how? This conversation explores how the arts can help change what people know and believe, and how they engage in their communities, which are fundamental to how communities change. You will explore typical community cultural dynamics, and why it is so difficult to address obstacles such as the ‘tyranny of custom’ and the ‘comfort of powerlessness.’
Creative Placemaking: Integrating Community, Cultural and Economic Development
What makes creative placemaking a new way to make communities better through arts and culture? How can creative placemaking promote social equity, sustainability, and prosperity? Learn about a model developed by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking that integrates community, cultural and economic development in ways that are sustainable and asset-based. Also learn how our model fits in with the guidelines of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
The Growing Creative Economy in New Jersey: Impacts on Urban Design, Community Planning, and Local Economic Development
A recent report from The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking shows that the number of artistic jobs and freelance artists, writers and performers in New Jersey is growing faster than jobs in New Jersey overall. What implications does this have for community planning, urban design and economic development. Though the focus of this conversation is on New Jersey’s creative economy, there will be a lot of takeaways for anyone outside of the state.
History of Creative Placemaking in the United States
The term ‘creative placemaking’ was coined only six years ago, but it has been happening in various forms in the US since at least the late 19th century. This webinar will explore the earliest work in creative placemaking in America. Participants will learn about the pioneering work of Charles Mulford Robinson, Edgar Lee Hewett and others, and discover how placemaking through arts and culture has evolved over more than a century.
Creative Placemaking and Human Needs Placemaking
The arts aren’t a diversion or a luxury. They are important for the well-being of individuals and communities. Many people already know about the power of the arts to enhance economic development. This webinar will discuss how the arts can help people develop and keep intellectual skills, build social connections, and more. We will explore how creative placemaking can support the elements of human needs placemaking.
Community Coaching: a New Way to Speak Truth to Power
Community coaching helps stakeholders build sustainable plans – and the shared leadership to implement them. This model helps build relationships between planner and client that makes it possible to address the big, difficult issues that keep a community from moving forward. It is a different approach to current models of planning practice, and it may challenge you to think about how you work with communities.
The Rise of Freelance Artists: Implications for Urban Planning and Design
One of the fastest growing segments of the creative sector is freelance artists, writers and performers. To attract and retain these professionals, communities may have to rethink their approaches to urban design, community development, and economic development
Cultural Districts and Cultural Institutions: Suns or Black Holes?
One of the first things that many people think about in creative placemaking is creating a cultural district or building a large cultural institution. While districts and institutions can become catalysts for community-wide creativity and revitalization, they can also absorb a lot of time, energy and resources that could be used effectively elsewhere in the community. Learn how creative placemaking can make it more likely that districts and institutions have a broader impact on their communities.
How Creative Placemaking Can Help Build More Resilient Communities
With the damage caused from hurricanes, tornadoes and floods around the United States, more communities are looking to be more ‘resilient.’ Resiliency is not just about creative physical improvements to withstand storms; it is also connects to a community’s ability to revitalize quickly after disaster. Arts and culture can play a big role in helping communities recover. We will explore examples from Louisiana, New Jersey and Missouri, and discuss how to connect creative placemaking with resiliency in community dialogues.
Incorporating Arts in Urban and Site Design
This Strategic Conversation explores how to design communities and sites to encourage more creative and cultural activities. Participants will also learn how the arts can help improve navigation, safety and other issues in urban and site design.