New Certificate Program for Creative Placemakers

By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP PP

Executive Director

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is now partnering with New England College to produce the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program. This is a unique program for working professionals including artists, decision-makers, key influencers and emerging leaders.

The certificate program is designed to meet the needs of busy, working professionals in the arts, community economic development, and public affairs. It’s a 9-month, mostly online program that offers collaborative leadership coaching, communications workshops, and a high level of interaction among Certificate Fellows and between them and their instructors.

The program opens with a 2.5-day residency at the Institute of Art and Design at New England College Institute in Manchester, NH. It is followed by six, online deep-learning courses that explore community development, site planning, destination marketing, alliance building, and evaluation. In addition, students receive workshops in strategic communications; discounts to NCCP's Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits; and complimentary admission to NCCP workshops. They also receive a free, one-year membership to NCCP and get to join a community of more than 50 certificate students, alumni, and instructors around the United States. The program runs from October 23, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

For more information on the program, join us for a free, online information session on August 20 or September 5 at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Though the session is free, you must register in advance.

Earlier this year, New England College merged with New Hampshire Institute of Art, who NCCP had partnered with to produce the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program in the prior two academic years. Working with a new partner challenged us to think about how we could make a good program even better.

Key improvements include the following:

*The new Certificate program will better meet the needs of busy, working professionals in the arts, community economic development, and public affairs.

*It’s a month shorter (9 instead of 10), and offers you more time to complete the excellent readings and useful assignments.

*You’ll also have more time to complete your capstone project. The capstone is a plan, analysis, grant proposal or other practical document that you can use to influence grantmakers, elected officials, leaders of organizations or in communities, and key decision-makers.

*There are multiple break times in the program, which helps students who need to take vacations or focus on work.

Since creative placemakers around the nation told us they are especially concerned about the effects of rapid social change (such as gentrification) or environmental change, we’re making these topics a bigger part of the program.

We’ll also spend more time exploring the various roles artists play in growing healthier and stronger communities, and on building better partnerships between artistic professionals and public management professionals (such as urban planners and public officials.)

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