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Creative Placemaking Webinar Series

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May 10, 2019

Cultural Districts and Cultural Institutions: Suns or Black Holes?

One of the first things that many people think about in creative placemaking is creating a cultural district or building a large cultural institution. While districts and institutions can become catalysts for community-wide creativity and revitalization, they can also absorb a lot of time, energy and resources that could be used effectively elsewhere in the community. Learn how creative placemaking can make it more likely that districts and institutions have a broader impact on their communities.


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July 19, 2019

Incorporating Arts in Urban and Site Design

This Strategic Conversation explores how to design communities and sites to encourage more creative and cultural activities. Participants will also learn how the arts can help improve navigation, safety and other issues in urban and site design.


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September 6, 2019

Creative Placemaking and the Law

The focus of this webinar will be on the First Amendment and land use. It will be hosted by a panel of lawyers with expertise in public art issues.




These webinars are being hosted in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. Links to register for the webinars will be posted and distributed to membership three weeks in advance of the respective events.


About the Presenter:

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

Leonardo Vazquez is a national award-winning planner and leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development, and strategic communications. He has worked with a wide variety of communities in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York, and Pennsylvania. With a strong focus on implementation and sustainability, he specializes in building leadership teams to oversee plans, as well as in raising funds to support planning and implementation efforts. 


Leo is the Executive Director of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, in Union, NJ, and a Senior Associate at Nishuane Group in Montclair, NJ. He is the author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He has written for several professional and general interest publications, including Landscape Architecture, NJ Spotlight, Planetizen, Planning, Progressive Planning, and The Star-Ledger


He is the recipient of the 2012 American Planning Association National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff—the highest award given in the urban planning field on issues of social equity. He received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Planning and Master of Public Administration, both from the University of Southern California.



Our Webinar Program

We aspire to offer you the same quality of presentation as is offered at the National Conference directly to your laptop, tablet, phone, or desktop for free. Each year, we like to offer one topic related specifically to historic preservation and one with an emphasis on urban design. In addition, we like to offer one on best practices or practical skills, and one topic that fulfills either Ethics or Law requirements.

The following is the Division's confirmed Webinar schedule. Check back for regular updates and the inclusion of new webinar dates. If you'd like to comment on the program, or suggest ideas for topics or speakers, please contact Margaret Rifkin, our Webinar Program Director.