Updated: Mar 28, 2019

By Andrea Orlando

Community Director

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

From the National Endowment for the Arts to smaller regional funders, the organizations that support creative placemaking are showing up at Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits and taking notes.

More than 110 people from nearly 60 grant-making organizations across the country have attended Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits over the past five years. These are organizations that offer support for arts- and culture-based solutions to community challenges.

"The Levitt Foundation has been incredibly impressed with the robust knowledge sharing at Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits, through our own experience and from the feedback of our grantees who have attended," said Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director of the Levitt Foundation. The Levitt Foundation is one of several sponsors of all 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits and is deeply involved as part of the executive committee for the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | Pacific in Los Angeles June 20-22. The Summit will address creative placemaking in the region that includes Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and American Samoa.

"Focusing on the intersection of arts and culture with cross-sector work, the range of perspectives at each Summit is tremendously valuable as the field advances creative placemaking as an effective strategy to create equitable, healthy, sustainable communities. The Summits inspire new approaches and creative solutions, while covering best practices and the basics, all through the lens of inclusion and impact, providing relevant content and beneficial discussions for both funders and practitioners," Yazowski said.

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking has produced the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit program since 2014. The events help grow and professionalize the field. They teach and promote high standards of practice; model inclusiveness, collaboration, and mutual respect; and provide a gateway to creative placemakers who don’t yet know they are creative placemakers. NCCP's approach to knowledge building is iterative, and the Summits provide a node for people of all levels of experience to share what they know.  

Since 2014, NCCP has held ten Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits or Creative Placemaking Knowledge Exchanges in Colorado, New Jersey, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, New Mexico, and elsewhere.  More than 1,800 people have participated in these events, which have featured more than 250 sessions on a wide range of issues.

The Summits offer a range of learning activities – from traditional seminars (for awareness building) to interactive workshops (for synthesis and application) to peer exchanges (for evaluation and creation). Field workshops provide concrete experiences.

NCCP models the behaviors that we hope to see in the field by collaborating with a wide variety of people and organizations. Together, we identify themes, issues, and key audiences for each Summit. NCCP recruits partners from under-represented communities in the field -- whether they be ethnic, cultural, or sectoral communities.  To date, we have worked with more than 100 partners around the United States.

We depend on sponsorships and grants to keep the Summits affordable. If you are interested in supporting a program, and for a full list of sponsors and partners, please visit


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