Writing Workshop for Creative Placemaking

Updated: Jan 30, 2019

By Andrea Orlando,

Community Director

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Writing a clear and compelling creative placemaking proposal can drive success, but not everyone knows how. Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, director of the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program, taught a writing workshop at the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority's offices in Newark earlier this month to help practitioners write their best plan. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking offers the certificate program jointly with the New Hampshire Institute of Art, and the workshop was for current students and alumni.

Vazquez shared lessons from his background in journalism and planning as well as psychological research on personality. Students workshopped writing concisely and crafting arguments that appeal to people with various dispositions.

 "I totally enjoyed the Effective Writing for Creative Placemaking class!  Leo has a very approachable and engaging teaching style; he has a knack for combining relevant content with hands-on activities to get everyone having fun and collaborating," said Ted Ritter, Special Projects Manager for the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority.  "Soon as I saw this class being offered, I signed right up!"

A dozen students and alumni of the certificate program attended the session. Their professional backgrounds include design, planning and marketing. Vazquez will teach several more workshops this year in Orange, NJ and Philadelphia on a variety of topics of interest to creative placemakers including finance, crowdmapping and creative urban design. The sessions will be submitted for AICP certification maintenance credits (for planners), but is open and recommended for creative placemakers of all professional backgrounds as well as community volunteers.

The next workshop will cover financing for creative placemaking, and two guest instructors from New Jersey Community Capital will co-teach with Vazquez; Leah Apgar, Managing Director of Lending, and David Langlieb, Commercial Underwriter. Apgar will co-teach the session at Valley Arts in Orange, NJ on February 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Langlieb will co-teach at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University on February 15 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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