Creative Placemaking with Carol Coletta
June 12, 2012
Van Alen Institute
30 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
In creative placemaking, partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, 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.
– NEA white paper for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design
The Federation’s 2012 Annual Meeting highlighted the power of creative placemaking with presenter Carol Coletta, who specializes in developing cities and creative communities. Then leader of ArtPlace, a national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S., Carol explored this unique collaboration with the nation’s top foundations, leading banks, federal agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts to bring transformative change to communities through arts- and design-driven initiatives.
About Carol Coletta
A passionate advocate for cities, Carol has devoted her life to answering the question: What makes cities succeed? Prior to joining ArtPlace, Carol was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities. For ten years, she hosted and produced a nationally syndicated public radio show, Smart City. She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and American Architectural Foundation. Carol was a Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture and was named one of the world’s 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank. She has been a Senior Fellow with the Design Futures Council and completed graduate work in future studies and design.