NCCP to Expand Access to Summits

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits help hundreds of people build connections and learn new ways to grow healthier, more inclusive and sustainable communities. But some people who should be at the summits lack the means to participate. That's why we're launching our scholarship fund drive today, Giving Tuesday.

Arts and culture yield great power to build just and sustainable societies, and creative placemakers are distinctly positioned to use arts to amplify unheard voices, encourage the weary, and shape a better reality. This is what artists do best-- envision possibilities where others see only limits.

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking takes pride in bringing people together across sectors and regions, but this year we want to focus on that third dimension of intersectionality--power. We want to give people from traditionally underrepresented communities and modest means the opportunity to be in the same room as funders and influencers. We hope that by diversifying the voices at our summits everyone will have a richer, more informed experience.

NCCP Summits offer a unique, high-quality experience for creative placemakers who want to connect, learn, inspire and be inspired. At the National Summit in College Park, Maryland this fall I observed people in deep conversation at every turn--in the hallways between sessions, at breakfast tables and even during workshops that encouraged participants to explore challenging topics. I watched two nationally recognized social practice artists, Mary Miss of New York City and Emmanuel Pratt of Chicago, inspire a room full of people to think about how art can empower residents to advocate for sustainability.

But these events are expensive to produce, and even with sponsorships and subsidies the ticket price of approximately $300 just barely covers expenses. While that price is affordable for many, it is inhibitive for some. We ask that you donate what you can at a few suggested levels. Your $50 to $100 contribution allows us to give a discount to a deserving applicant. Your donations of $200 or $300 can be aggregated with the donations of others to send one person to a summit. And a $1,000 donation allows us to cover travel costs and lodging as well as the ticket price for one summit attendee.

Surveys of our five summits in 2018 showed that more than 90% of participants enjoyed the events, learned a great deal, and made good connections. With your help, we can expand that opportunity. Our next summit is scheduled for February 7 through 9 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The region covered is vast and includes states as far north as Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. It also covers Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Oklahoma and Utah. Themes for the summit include authenticity, invisible challenges, placekeeping and belonging and access. Subsequent summits will cover the rest of the United States. For more information on the summits, please visit To donate to our scholarship fund or to apply, please visit

Our next summit is scheduled to take place April 16-18 in Columbia, SC and will cover a 12-state area that includes states in the South and Appalachian Mountain Chain regions. Our Pacific summit will be held in Los Angeles June, a summit for the Northeast will take place in Philadelphia in September, and an event for the Midwest will happen in October in Cincinnati.

Creative placemaking is a growing field in the United States. More than 1,400 communities are engaged in creative placemaking. The practice employs arts and arts activities to achieve community development goals, such as improved transportation, wellness, quality of life, and workforce development. Please donate today! The link is

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