NHIA Launches Certificate in Creative Placemaking

NHIA Press Room on 01.25.17

New Hampshire Institute of Art Announces New Certificate in Creative Placemaking in Partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) announced today a new Certificate in Creative Placemaking program to be offered starting this year in partnership with the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP).

Creative Placemaking is a fast-growing field that integrates resources and ideas from urban planning, community development, the arts and design to help individuals and communities strategically shape their communities and environments to improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and the climate for creativity.

NHIA’s and NCCP’s new 10-month-long Certificate in Creative Placemaking program is one of the only programs of its kind in North America and the only hybrid online/low-residency program designed to allow busy professionals working in the fields of arts management, design, urban planning, economic development, community development, and government policy, to gain deep, practical knowledge from nationally recognized experts in the field of creative placemaking.

“We’re incredibly excited about this new program,” said NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “It capitalizes on the academic strengths of NHIA and our experience in delivering high-quality low-residency professional development and graduate level courses while leveraging NCCP’s broad network of contacts and expertise in the emerging field of creative placemaking.”

Students in the new Certificate in Creative Placemaking program, which starts in August, will have the opportunity to enroll in the program for either professional development or graduate course credit. Additionally, the program has been designed to allow students to:

  • Come together for short 3-day and 2-day residencies at the beginning and end of the program and learn from a diverse pool of creative placemaking experts from around the United States;
  • Complete the six modules comprising the Certificate curriculum (community development, economic development, financial analysis, building community capacity, site planning, and marketing) entirely online
  • Get coaching in collaborative leadership and culturally competent practice;
  • Complete a creative placemaking plan, proposal, or analysis for a community of their choice
  • Join a professional community of creative placemakers and make connections with possible future colleagues, clients, or funders;
  • Get discounted access to workshops, conferences, and other learning opportunities offered throughout the country by NCCP.

“This program will benefit anyone committed to improving communities through arts and culture,” said Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director of NCCP. “Civic artists can learn more about the inner workings of communities and local economies. Urban planners and public policy professionals will understand better how to engage and support the arts and artists.”

Individuals interested in learning more about the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program and possibly enrolling for the inaugural session in August 2017 should contact the program office at placemaking@nhia.edu.

About Creative Placemaking

“Creative Placemaking” is a term coined in 2010 by Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus to describe a range of creative activities designed to foster more creative, livable, economical viable, sustainable, and equitable communities. As they wrote:

“In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.

“In turn, these creative locales foster entrepreneurs and cultural industries that generate jobs and income, spin off new products and services, and attract and retain unrelated businesses and skilled workers. Together, creative placemaking’s livability and economic development outcomes have the potential to radically change the future of American towns and cities.”

About the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) is dedicated to building the capacity of artists, public officials, citizen activists, planners, researchers and everyone seeking to do high-quality creative placemaking. NCCP is led by a national steering committee that includes leaders from a wide variety of organizations in the fields in arts, community, and economic development.

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is managed by a four-person team led by Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez, a nationally award-winning urban planner. NCCP is based in Union, New Jersey. For more information visit: www.artsbuildcommunities.com

About the New Hampshire Institute of Art

The New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is the oldest and largest non-profit arts institution in New Hampshire, founded in 1898 and today offering undergraduate (BFA, Dual Degree BFA/MAT), graduate (MFA, MAAE, MAT), and community education programs (Youth Arts, Pre-College, Community Education, and Professional Development) serving over 2,000 students annually on two campuses in Manchester and Sharon/Peterborough, New Hampshire. 

NHIA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NHIA is also a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD). For more information visit: www.nhia.edu.