There have been a lot of conversations about creative placemaking in the southeast, but it’s been mostly in larger cities. The Southeastern Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit focuses on building smaller communities in states such as Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi and will take place March 15-16 in Chattanooga. The Southeastern conference will be hosted by SouthArts in the Chattanoogan Hotel. This luxury hotel is located in downtown Chattanooga within walking distance of museums, art galleries, retail, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium.
Key topics will explore wellness, inclusion, equity, and basics of creative placemaking. People who are interested in these topics, but don’t consider themselves to be experts are encouraged to come to this particular conference. Sessions include “Bouncing Back: Case Studies on the Regrowth of Communities,” “Presence Changes Perception: The Impact of the University on the Revitalization of the Downtown Square,” and “Share Sistrunk & The Megaphone: Stories of Citizen Empowerment.”
Creative placemaking is a growing field in the United States. More than 1,400 communities are engaged in creative placemaking, with support from more than a dozen grantmakers and government agencies. Since 2014, more than 700 people – many of them community leaders, public officials and organizational decisionmakers — have participated in our Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits and Knowledge Exchanges in Newark, NJ. Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts, we have organized these conferences around the United States for 2018.
The Leadership Summit attracts a wide range of professionals. These include elected and public officials, developers, representatives of foundations, community and economic development professionals, urban planners and designers, leaders of cultural organizations and, of course, artists and other creative professionals.