Creative Placemaking Resource Hub

The intersection of creative placemaking and higher education.

The Creative Placemkaing Resource Hub is a living archive of creative placemaking scholarship and practice, designed for the students, teachers, artists, and community leaders who move the field forward.

The core of the Hub are the resources gathered and created by ArtPlace America during its ten years of field-making activities (2010-2020). ArtPlace transferred its archive to a2ru with the intention that the Hub should continue to grow over time, incorporating additional resources from the creative placemaking field to reflect its continued evolution. a2ru will add to the Hub regularly, as well as host events on creative placemaking at our conferences and as part of our webinar series.

What is placemaking?

According to ArtPlace America, “Creative placemaking is the intentional integration of arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies into the process of equitable community planning and development. It’s about artists, culture-bearers, and designers acting as allies to creatively address challenges and opportunities. It’s about these artists and all of the allies together contributing to community-defined social, physical, and economic outcomes and honoring a sense of place.”

How to Use the Hub

Use the multi-factor search function below to explore Hub resources related to different sectors, audiences, and art forms involved in creative placemaking. You can also browse the Selected Resources menu for rotating themed collections of resources, and the Latest Resources menu for the newest additions to the Hub.

Submit a Resource

Have a case study, syllabus, article, event or other creative placemaking resource you’d like to appear on the Hub? Please contact us and include “Creative Placemaking HUB Resource” in the subject line.


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Latest Resources

New Partnership Announced for Creative Placemaking Advanced Leadership Certificate

Creative Placemaking Communities joins forces with Purdue University on the program

Rural America Placemaking Toolkit

The Rural America Placemaking Toolkit is a resource guide to showcase a variety of placemaking activities, projects, and success stories across rural America. USDA Rural Development has made investments in placemaking since 2020, and entered into a cooperative agreement with University of Kentucky’s Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK) in 2022 to host the first ever Placemaking in Small & Rural Communities online conference. CEDIK developed this website as a way to highlight the importance of placemaking in rural communities, as well as provide comprehensive resource that will be regularly updated to feature new projects, activities and successes from rural America.

Welcome to the Creative Placemaking Resource Hub

A note from ArtPlace America's Managing Director Sarah Calderon

Safe Routes Partnership

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a national non-profit that advances policy change and catalyzes support for healthy, active communities, starting with walking and bicycling to school. They are dedicated to creating livable, sustainable communities where all people can be healthy and physically active. This is their resources page.