About This Summit
Finding Inspiration in Every Turn
Get more connected, inspired and empowered at the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit. Gain the knowledge and skills to help you grow new or better partnerships, projects, programs and policies.
The Summit is more than a conference. It is a pop-up center on innovative and effective approaches to help communities through local arts and cultural ecosystems. It is where up to 250 creative placemakers connect with fellow members of their community of practice. It is also a home base to explore exciting work being done in Jersey City, Newark, Hoboken, Lower Manhattan, and other nearby parts of the New York Metro area.
The Summit will be held at the Culinary Conference Center of Hudson County Community College. Get more connected, inspired and empowered at the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit. Gain the knowledge and skills to help you grow new or better partnerships, projects, programs and policies.
The Summit is more than a conference. It is a pop-up center on innovative and effective approaches to help communities through local arts and cultural ecosystems. It is where up to 250 creative placemakers connect with fellow members of their community of practice. It is a launching pad to explore exciting work being done in Jersey City, New York and other communities in the Northeast. These cities deal with the same opportunities and challenges as cities throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
With 40 sessions online or in-person, you can explore a wide range of topics: community revitalization, local economic development, equity and inclusion, infrastructure, social practice art, and more.
We're meeting online on May 9. You can participate in sessions live, or watch recordings of any sessions you missed. (They will be available to you long after the Summit, so you can take your time.) You can visit the exhibit booths at your convenience to learn more about what’s going on in the creative placemaking field.
On May 11 and 12, we’ll be together at the Culinary Conference Center in the Journal Square neighborhood of Jersey City. You can expand your creative placemaking toolbox through workshops, get and share big ideas in Strategic Conversations, sharpen your planning and design skills through Strategy Labs, or go on tours to see interesting things happening in the area. We also plan to livestream and record some session.
Summit tickets range from $100 for the online only part of the Summit to $325 for the full Summit. Discounts will be available, and we are working on getting scholarships for social practice artists, and others who work with immigrants or women and children who suffered abuse.
Single day tickets for May 11 and 12 will be available. All in-person tickets include the entire online portion of the Summit. Tickets will go on sale by February 20.
The 2023 Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is produced by a partnership that includes:
Creative Placemaking Communities
Jersey City Theater Center
Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs
Jersey City Department of Community Development
What is a Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit?
A Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is NOT a typical conference.
A catalyst for new and better partnerships, projects, programs and policies to enhance communities through creative placemaking.
A premier gathering space for creative placemakers to get inspired and get immersed in their professional community.
A way to build communities of practice in the city and surrounding area where the Summit is held.
An initiative to elevate underrepresented and distinct voices, and to expand and diversify the field of creative placemaking.
By highlighting model practices and encouraging the sharing of knowledge among peers, a platform for enhancing overall quality of practice in the field.
A place to get inspired, build new skills, make valuable connections and get great ideas.
A custom-designed and highly curated experience, developed mostly by a diverse team of creative placemakers.
Informative, inspirational and enjoyable.
Since 2014, Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits have served more than 4,000 people from around the United States and several other countries. Many participants are leaders in the worlds of arts, community economic development, cultural heritage, land use, philanthropy, and of course, placemaking.
Creative Placemaking Communities and its predecessor organization, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, have produced 17 Summits around the United States, and have served more than 4,400 people. Most Summits cover specific geographic regions -- such as the Northeast or Appalachia.
More than 90% of participants surveyed have said they enjoyed their Summit, made valuable connections, or gained useful knowledge. In our last two Summits in 2022, more than 95% of participants were satisfied with their event.
Why should I go...
To this Summit?
Most of the sessions are highly interactive and there are plenty of opportunities for peer sharing. We value everyone's contribution. We know that no one knows everything, but everyone can contribute insights, ideas and more.
Summit participants come from a wide range of industries - arts administration, arts production, community economic development, cultural tourism, philanthropy, social services, urban policy and planning and more. You can get a wide range of perspectives -- and meet some potential partners for your initiatives.
We partner with host communities and influential local organizations to offer distinct experiences and knowledge that you might not get in a typical conference.
The topics are chosen, and all the sessions are reviewed and vetted by a variety of creative placemakers -- most of them from the region covered by the Summit. So the content is timely and topical.
Speakers, trainers and other session leaders can get up to one hour of coaching from CPC to enhance their sessions.
We pay the artists! All session organizers receive a stipend.
Interested in hosting a Summit? See here for more information.
Summits have been made possible by dozens of foundations, corporations and individuals, including: ArtPlace America, National Endowment for the Arts, William Penn Foundation, and more.
To Jersey City?
Jersey City is one of the most artful and diverse communities in the United States. It is home to more than 100 murals and the MANA Contemporary Art Center (just a 15-minute walk from the Culinary Conference Center, where the Summit will be held ) Hudson County Community College also has a great collection of artworks.
It’s easy to find a mix of experiences in Jersey City, from the cool vibes of downtown neighborhoods to ethnic enclaves such as Little India (which is right near the Journal Square area where the Summit is located. Jersey City has been experiencing an incredible amount of redevelopment, especially along the Hudson River. But it still has a lot of older buildings and spaces that remind you why the city is called “America’s Golden Door. “ (A nod to the Statue of Liberty, which is closer to Jersey City than it is to New York City. )
If you’re near the Amtrak Northeast Corridor line between Boston and Washington, DC, you’re just a two seat ride from the Culinary Conference Center. (Take the train to Newark Penn Station, then take the PATH train to the Journal Square station. The Conference Center is a short walk from there. )
If you like to eat at different types of restaurants, plan to stay a while in Jersey City. There are so many different types of cuisines here.
There’s so much to do in Jersey City. But if you want to explore, it’s an easy train ride (20 minutes or less) to Downtown and Midtown Manhattan, Hoboken, and downtown Newark. Or take a ride share or drive to cool artsy places in Hudson and Essex counties, like Maplewood, Montclair, South Orange, Valley Arts (Orange/West Orange), and more.
Meet Our Executive Producers
The Northeast & Mid-Atlantic Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, is, like any creative placemaking project, made possible by many partners. We want to thank everyone who contributed time, funding, services and goods to the Summit.
Platinum Sponsor ($20,000+ or the equivalent in-kind)
Gold Sponsor ($10,000+ or the equivalent in-kind)
Silver Sponsor ($5,000+ or the equivalent in-kind)
The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
Bronze Sponsor ($1,500+ or the equivalent in-kind)
The Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation
LISC Greater Newark