JUNE 18-19, 2020


MAY 20-21, 2021






CREATIVE PLACEMAKING is about partners working together, engaging the arts and local culture to shape, revitalize, and rejuvenate places.

The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit program helps grow and professionalize the field.  It teaches and promotes high standards of practice; models inclusiveness, collaboration, and mutual respect; and provides a gateway that is accessible for creative placemakers who don’t yet know they are creative placemakers. Our approach to knowledge building is iterative. Leadership Summits provide a node for people of all levels of knowledge to share what they know.  

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

We 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.)  Some sessions – such as field workshops, provide concrete experiences, while others, such as the peer exchanges, offer opportunities for abstract conceptualization.

Modeling the behaviors that we hope to see in the field, we collaborate with a wide variety of people and organizations. Together, we identify themes, issues, and key audiences for each Summit. NCCP works to reach out and recruit 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.



This map is representative of the various summit participants from 2015 through today, based on Zip Code.



Want to be an instructor at a summit? 

See more about which RFPs are now open and how you can propose the perfect session.


Interested in coming to one of our summits? Click below for a region or national summit to see which is right for you!

All are welcome to attend any summit.


Want to be a part of the planning process?

The CPL Summit planning committees help make our summits special around the country. Find out more below!


Help us reach new heights! 

Find out more about how you can help make the summits successful, accessible, and impactful.

Find out more by clicking the link below!


Event Planning By

Made possible by

Board Chair: Colleen Finnegan Kahl

Founding Director: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

28 Valley Road

Montclair, NJ 07042


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