Creative Placemaking at the Richland Library

• May 17th, 2019

Several lucky attendees at the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit for the South and Appalachia were treated to a field workshop at the main branch of the Richland Library in Columbia,  SC. We interviewed the workshop leader, Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Tony Tallent, to ask about the changing role of the public library and why creative placemaking can help the institution meet the needs of the community.

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Art Making and Conversation

• May 14th, 2019

We incorporated art making into one of our Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits to help summit attendees decompress and have conversations about community and home. We interviewed SaBrina Jeffcoat, the artist who made it happen at the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | South + Appalachia. Have a listen. And to learn more about our Summits across the country, please visit


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Welcoming Immigrants Through Creative Placemaking

• May 10th, 2019

Meet two individuals who are creative placemaking welcoming environments in the American South and beyond. We interviewed Jordyne Krumroy and Janeen Bryant at the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | South + Appalachia in Columbia, SC in April of 2019. Krumroy works for Welcoming America, a non-profit that offers toolkits to communities in the new South, across the country, and internationally that want to become hospitable to immigrants. Bryant owns Facilitate Movement, LLC, and operates out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The two talk about their work and what it feels like to be engaged in a larger movement at this moment in history. CreativePlace is produced by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Developers and Creative Placemaking

• May 2nd, 2019

We interviewed Jaunita Hardy, who recently finished a fellowship at the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit research and education organization that serves members who are mostly in real estate development. The occasion for this interview was a visit to Charlottesville, VA, for the 2019 Tom Tom Festival and Summit where Hardy and Andrea Orlando, Community Director at the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and podcast host served together on a panel on creative placemaking. She talks about her research into best practices for real estate developers and the direction of creative placemaking in that industry. The interview took place one week before the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | South + Appalachia in Columbia, S.C. 

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Creative Placemaking the Conversation on Provocative Art at the Museum

• April 25th, 2019

Art can elicit strong emotions, but what happens when a museum contemplates installing a work that is expected to scrape at the scabs of historic wounds? This is the story of what happened at the Mississippi Museum of Art after deciding to install a work entitled, "White Gold" by William Sayre. The immersive exhibit evokes being in a cotton field. Listen to this interview with the museum's Executive Director, Betsy Bradley, and Monique Davis, Managing Director of the Center for Art and Public Exchange as they tell the story of internal soul searching, staff preparation and community conversations in advance of and during the exhibit. This episode was recorded at the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | South + Appalachia.

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Creative Placemaking Across the Political Divide

• April 12th, 2019

Is it possible to get liberals and conservatives to talk about politics without resorting to name calling? What if there were a way to get ordinary people from both sides of the political divide to discuss politics and policy using art and a creative process? We interviewed Washington D.C.-based creative placemaker Philippa Hughes when we were together at the 2019 Tom Tom Festival and Summit for a panel on creative placemaking. Hear her tell the story about how her curiosity about people's political views prompted her to start Blueberries and Cherries, a series of dinners that puts  'blue' and 'red' people together over dinner for civil discourse and how those dinners have evolved into larger events at art venues. Our interview took place in early April just as she was about to bring her concept to six other cities in the United States in collaboration with New American Economy and the American University School of Public Affairs. 

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It’s a Jersey Thing

• April 2nd, 2019

Listen in on this interview with Sharnita Johnson, the Arts Program Director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Find out what her favorite Garden State experiences are and why she thinks creative placemaking is one of the keys to building an equitable, sustainable and informed New Jersey. The private foundation supports the arts, education and environment in the state and has recently undergone a strategic plan update. The interview was recorded on March 29, 2019. NCCP thanks the foundation for their support. 

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Food and Community Empowerment

• March 7th, 2019

We interviewed anthropologist Dr. Maribel Alvarez between breakout sessions at a Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Alvarez was appointed Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the University of Arizona. She talks about work she did in Tuscon, Arizona with La Doce: Barrio Foodways Project

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Creative Placemaking Black Lives Matter

• February 27th, 2019

In this episode show host Andrea Orlando interviews Hakim Bellamy and Darryl DeLoach on a workshop program they created to improve safety during interactions between young men of color and law enforcement officers. Hakim is a poet, and Darryl is an actor. The program, called Positive Policing  

employs the tools of their trades to role play common encounters, such as traffic stops. The two men demonstrated their methods at the 2019 West Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Albuquerque, NM. In this interview they talk about how their methods evolved and what they hope to accomplish. They share an example of one workshop that accidentally transformed into a genuine reckoning because one of the officers in the room had actually stopped and questioned one of the young men who participated in the exercise in a prior encounter years earlier. 





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Creative Placemaking Preservation of Sacred Indigenous Land

• February 14th, 2019

Filmmaker Angelo Baca captured the effort to designate Bears Ears in Southeastern Utah a National Monument in 2016. Visit for the latest information. 

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