What is “Creative Placemaking” and what is its role in shaping neighborhoods, towns, and cities? Following a conference of artists, community development experts, and policymakers convened by the Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, together with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, ArtPlace America, and Partners for Livable Communities, we spoke with some of the conference participants and asked them to help us answer the question. Part 1 provides an overview of Creative Placemaking and the possibilities it represents. In Part 2 we hear from a performer and offer his project, “Cops and Robbers” as a case study of Creative Placemaking in practice.


Guests – Part 1 (in order of appearance)

Laura Zabel, Executive Director, Springboard for the Arts

Carlton Turner, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

Jason Schupbach, former Director of Design and Creative Placemaking Programs, National Endowment for the Arts