Updated: Jul 10, 2019

By Andrea Orlando

Community Director

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

June 28, 2019

Lifetimes of knowledge, experience and creative ideas melded into the three days of learning, connection and inspiration at the 2019 Pacific Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit.

Instructors from as far away as Anchorage, AK, and American Samoa and from as nearby as Leimert Park, Los Angeles, shared their knowledge and exchanged ideas with nearly 200 Summit attendees last week in Los Angeles.

"I know I’m into something when I’m listening to speakers and thinking about how my programs can be redesigned," said Jesus A. Reyes, Community Partnerships Director at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

"As a local, it was important to make time and listen to what colleagues around LA were doing. We are all so busy working on our programs that we forget to make time to look up and see the work in our back yard."

James Rojas (left) chatting with Jesus A. Reyes

Field workshops took summit attendees to some of the most interesting sites of creative placemaking and placekeeping in Los Angeles: Little Tokyo, Leimert Park, the Skid Row History Museum and Archive, and Self Help Graphics and Art.

Summit-goers also enjoyed a picnic dinner and free, outdoor concert at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park, LA. Two bands filled the air with the upbeat sounds of ska music: Viernes 13 and The Slackers. Participants also gathered at the Far Bar for happy hour in Little Tokyo, courtesy of the Little Tokyo Service Center's +Lab Project.

Field workshop at Self Help Graphics & Art

Sessions for all attendees included, "Reclaiming Black LA with Destination Crenshaw," "Amplifying Marginalized Voices at Levitt Pavilion, Los Angeles," and "At the Nexus of Arts and Health: Activating Community Storytelling to Envision Wellbeing."

The theme for the event was 'Shifting Tides,' and breakout sessions explored the following topics: keeping places, weathering storms, supporting movement, and lifting voices. For the full program including names of instructors and session descriptions, please download the Guidebook app on your phone, and search for 'CPL Summit | Pacific.' Or, look at a PDF of the program.

Enjoy the photos below, and visit our Flikr account for more.

While we were in Los Angeles, we recorded interviews for upcoming episodes of the CreativePlace podcast with Scott Oshima of the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Julie Decker of the Anchorage Museum, Bodil Kjelstrup of the Northern Norway Art Museum, Sharon Yazowski of The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, Patti Diou of the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, TX, and Gina Lopez Hill of the Levitt AMP in Carson City, NV.

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