Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits 

Get useful knowledge.  Learn practical skills. Make valuable connections.
Feel more inspired, empowered and supported.  Meet with other smart, interesting people
 to help places become more healthy, sustainable, prosperous and inclusive. 

Past Summits

About Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits

A Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is NOT a typical conference. It is:

  • 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. 

We 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 are the Summits so good?
  • 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. 
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