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SESSIONS

These sessions cover a wide variety of placemaking (or, if you prefer, placekeeping) topics: community engagement, cultural preservation, local economic development, professional sustainability, social justice, technology, youth engagement and more.

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Keynote Speaker:
THE SPACE
–NOT PLACE –
OF PLACEMAKING

Dr Cara Courage
Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
Placemaking researcher, author and curator

Cara takes the position that placemaking is the most radical of all the urban design, art and planning practices and is the only place-concerned practice that can meaningfully create the world we want to live in and address issues of social and environmental justice in its doing. And in a convening of expert placemakers, Cara will move a consideration of what placemaking does, to what it can be.
Cara will firstly present what placemaking isn’t and introduce her definition of what placemaking is, anchoring this in her placemaking typology that moves through the macro to micro scales of processes and product. Then, through a case study and examples, Cara will build a picture of a placemaking practice that includes all stakeholders in a place, that exemplifies the social and economic impact of the arts in placemaking, and that holds placemaking accountable as more than just development. This is the space of placemaking.

This, Cara argues, is the and that asks, what is at stake if you don’t do this?

Keynote Speaker:
HOW TO FINANCE
BETTER PLACES

Michael Shuman
Adjunct Professor, Bard Business School & Senior Researcher, Council Fire
Economist, attorney, author and entrepreneur

How can a community bring the resources required for the placemaking needed? The solution, argues economist and attorney Michael Shuman, is grassroots finance. Using new tools of investment crowdfunding, new designs of local investment funds, and new types of public policies, communities can mobilize millions of dollars for placemaking without increasing taxes by a dime.

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There will also be two Strategy Labs in Schenectady on April 21, and two in Troy on April 22. Learn more about the Strategy Labs.

Confirmed Sessions

Workshop                                    Session                                         Panel Discussion                            Presentation

Strategic Conversation                 Training Session                               Site Visit

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IMMERSIVE PLACEMAKING: Using Dance and Technology to Enliven Historic Community Sites
Workshop, In-Person

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Merli V. Guerra, Artistic Director, Luminarium Dance Company, Lawrenceville, NJ  ​  ​  ​  ​  ​  ​
Merli V. Guerra, Artistic Director, Luminarium Dance Company, Lawrenceville, NJ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

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Connecting Craft Beer and Local History to Engage New Audiences
Workshop, In-Person

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Craig Gravina, Albany Ale Project - Historian, Albany NY
Craig Gravina, Albany Ale Project - Historian, Albany NY

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Collaborative Planning, Civic Practice, and Social [In]Justice: Engaging for Progressive Change Through Collective Creativity
Workshop, In-Person

C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, Theater-maker, Urban Planner, Civic Practice Artist, and Oral History Pr
C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, Theater-maker, Urban Planner, Civic Practice Artist, and Oral History Pr

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C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, Theater-maker, Urban Planner, Civic Practice Artist, and Oral History Pr
C. Meranda Flachs-Surmanek, Theater-maker, Urban Planner, Civic Practice Artist, and Oral History Pr

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Looking Back at the Land from the Water: Building Community Through Bureaucracy
Presentation, Online

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Emily Blumenfeld, Co-Founder, Works on Water and Partner, Via Partnership, Scarsdale, NY
Emily Blumenfeld, Co-Founder, Works on Water and Partner, Via Partnership, Scarsdale, NY

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Community Healing and Revitalization Through the Arts: A Case Study in Greenville, Jersey City
Panel Discussion, Online

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Ibn Sharif Shakoor, Co-Founder, The Spot JC and The Spot JC Foundation, Jersey City, NJ
Ibn Sharif Shakoor, Co-Founder, The Spot JC and The Spot JC Foundation, Jersey City, NJ

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Inclusive Ways of Practicing Self-Care and Resiliency
Workshop, Online

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Sharn Attipoe-Dorcoo, Principal of TERSHA LLC, Forsyth County, GA
Sharn Attipoe-Dorcoo, Principal of TERSHA LLC, Forsyth County, GA

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Keynote Speaker:
PEOPLE-POWERED PROCESS

Maura Cuffie-Peterson

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Guaranteed Income

Creatives Rebuild New York

Join in a conversation with Maura Cuffie-Peterson, Director of Strategic Initiatives Guaranteed Income for Creatives Rebuild New York, about the importance of people-powered process. Drawing from her experience as a former Senior Program Officer of ArtPlace America and current role at Creatives Rebuild New York, Maura will discuss the importance of centering community desire, supporting artists, and working across sectors while engaging in creative placemaking.  She will be interviewed by Dr. Lorraine Morales Cox of Union College and John Delconte of Smallwander, then take questions from the audience. 

Better Places - A Vermont Partnership to Create Vibrant and Inclusive Public Places.
Presentation, Online

Richard Amore, Planning and Outreach Manager, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development,
Richard Amore, Planning and Outreach Manager, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development,

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Claire Tebbs, Placemaker, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Montpelier, Vermont
Claire Tebbs, Placemaker, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Montpelier, Vermont

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Richard Amore, Planning and Outreach Manager, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development,
Richard Amore, Planning and Outreach Manager, Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development,

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The Community Mural Institute – Training Local Artists to Be Successful Community Muralists.
Workshop, In-Person

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Greta McLain, Owner and Artistic Director of GoodSpace Murals, Guanajuato, Mexico
Greta McLain, Owner and Artistic Director of GoodSpace Murals, Guanajuato, Mexico

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Brouwer House Creative: Adaptive Reuse of Schenectady's Oldest House
Site Visit, In-Person

Leah LaFera, Owner, Sweet Sprig, Schenectady  ​
Leah LaFera, Owner, Sweet Sprig, Schenectady ​

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Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady, NY ​
Mary Zawacki, Executive Director, Schenectady County Historical Society, Schenectady, NY ​

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Leah LaFera, Owner, Sweet Sprig, Schenectady  ​
Leah LaFera, Owner, Sweet Sprig, Schenectady ​

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Public Art Planning
Session, Online

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Jane Zheng, Executive director, Cultural Cities Research Institute, Madison, WI
Jane Zheng, Executive director, Cultural Cities Research Institute, Madison, WI

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Using Augmented Reality to Build Equitable and Inclusive Public Private Partnerships
Training Session, In-Person

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Julia Beabout, CEO and Creative Director, Novaby, Seattle, WA
Julia Beabout, CEO and Creative Director, Novaby, Seattle, WA

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Cultural Planning Strategies for Urban Parks, Insights from an Iranian Case Study
Session, Online

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Mehdi Nilipour, Ph.D. in urban planning, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran, Karaj, Alborz, Iran
Mehdi Nilipour, Ph.D. in urban planning, Tabriz Islamic Art University, Iran, Karaj, Alborz, Iran

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Cultural Planning Strategies
Cultural Planning Strategies

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The Greatriarchs: Fighting Cultural Gentrification
Panel Discussion, Online

Keesha Dixon, Executive Director, Asante Art Institute, Indianapolis
Keesha Dixon, Executive Director, Asante Art Institute, Indianapolis

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Shirley Webster, Greatriach,  Indianapolis, IN
Shirley Webster, Greatriach, Indianapolis, IN

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The Greatriarchs
The Greatriarchs

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Keesha Dixon, Executive Director, Asante Art Institute, Indianapolis
Keesha Dixon, Executive Director, Asante Art Institute, Indianapolis

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Sistahs Laying Down Hands: In Public
Panel Discussion, Online/In-Person

Karen Smith, Founder and Lead Percussionist, Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Philadelphia, PA​
Karen Smith, Founder and Lead Percussionist, Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Philadelphia, PA​

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Karen Smith, Founder and Lead Percussionist, Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Philadelphia, PA​
Karen Smith, Founder and Lead Percussionist, Sistahs Laying Down Hands, Philadelphia, PA​

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Black Girl Alchemist
Presentation, Online

Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Community Alchemist, Artist, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Community Alchemist, Artist, Ithaca, NY

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Annemarie Zwack, Artist, Ithaca, NY
Annemarie Zwack, Artist, Ithaca, NY

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Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Community Alchemist, Artist, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Nia Nunn, Associate Professor, Community Alchemist, Artist, Ithaca, NY

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Enhancing Quality of Place for People with Disabilities
Presentation, Online

thor and Playwright, Chicago, IL
thor and Playwright, Chicago, IL

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thor and Playwright, Chicago, IL

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Parklets & Design Guidelines: from Temporary Pandemic Response to Permanent Public Infrastructure
Presentation, Online

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B.D. Wortham, Associate Professor, Clemson University, Charleston, S.C.
B.D. Wortham, Associate Professor, Clemson University, Charleston, S.C.

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Creative Placemaking Without Killing the Artist
Workshop, In-Person

J. Kenneth Leap, Artist/Owner of The Painted Window and President, Reimagine Runnemede, Runnemede, N
J. Kenneth Leap, Artist/Owner of The Painted Window and President, Reimagine Runnemede, Runnemede, N

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J. Kenneth Leap, Artist/Owner of The Painted Window and President, Reimagine Runnemede, Runnemede, N
J. Kenneth Leap, Artist/Owner of The Painted Window and President, Reimagine Runnemede, Runnemede, N

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Shelter in Place: Participatory Design and Placemaking in Manufactured Housing Communities
Panel Discussion, Online

Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT
Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT

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Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT
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Placemapping: Bringing Creative Placemaking Voices to the Transportation Planning Table
Presentation, Online

Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS
Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS

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Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS
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Printing Money for Placemaking
Workshop, In-Person

Ryan Smolar, Initiator, PlacemakingUS
Ryan Smolar, Initiator, PlacemakingUS

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International Perspectives on Creative Placemaking
Panel Discussion, Online

Yosef Jabareen, Professor of Urban Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Yosef Jabareen, Professor of Urban Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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Jane Zheng, Executive director, Cultural Cities Research Institute, Madison, WI
Jane Zheng, Executive director, Cultural Cities Research Institute, Madison, WI

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Yosef Jabareen, Professor of Urban Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Yosef Jabareen, Professor of Urban Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

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Artways: Creating Paths with Public Art
Workshop, In-Person

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

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Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

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Rewiring the Electric City; Restitching the Collar City: Arts Anchors and Revitalization
Panel Discussion, Online

William Patrick, author, Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town
William Patrick, author, Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town

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Philip Morris, CEO, Proctors Theatre
Philip Morris, CEO, Proctors Theatre

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William Patrick, author, Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town
William Patrick, author, Metrofix: The Combative Comeback of a Company Town

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The Artist Social Practice
Panel Discussion, In-Person

Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Artist and Educator
Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Artist and Educator

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Oscar-Alberto Bogran, Visual and Performance Artist & Adjunct Professor, BOGRAN LLC, SUNY Schenectad
Oscar-Alberto Bogran, Visual and Performance Artist & Adjunct Professor, BOGRAN LLC, SUNY Schenectad

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Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Artist and Educator
Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Artist and Educator

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Strategy Labs

Energizing Pathways to Downtown Schenectady
Thursday in Schenectady

Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT
Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT

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Lorraine Morales Cox, Union College, Schenectady NY
Lorraine Morales Cox, Union College, Schenectady NY

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Building an Inclusive Cultural Ecosystem in Hamilton Hill
Thursday in Schenectady

Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS
Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS

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Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS
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Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP
Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

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Building Shared Civic Space in Downtown Troy
Friday in Troy

Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT
Julia Vallera, Design and Technology Manager, Libraries Without Borders, Winooski, VT

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John Delconte, Smallwander, Troy NY
John Delconte, Smallwander, Troy NY

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Community Building Against Divisive Infrastructure in Troy
Friday in Troy

Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS
Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact, Foundation for Mississippi, Jackson, MS

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Check out this documentary: Bridging the Divide

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Check out this documentary: Bridging the Divide

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