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Albuquerque Chosen as Host City for Creative Placemaking Summit in 2019

The event will serve the west region made up of 10 states
October 04, 2018

Mayor Tim Keller and the City of Albuquerque's Public Art Program proudly announce the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit | West will take place in downtown Albuquerque February 7 - 9. The event will be the first in a series of five regional summits and one national summit in 2019. 

February's convening is made possible through a partnership with the City of Albuquerque, and will serve a region of 10 states that includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. 

"The measure of any great City is how people and places are connected, that's why we're working to connect new development projects to the people that make our City special," said Mayor Tim Keller. "Placemaking cuts across so many of the areas that are at the heart of our cities - the economy, the arts, and quality of life for folks from all backgrounds. We welcome this conversation right here to Albuquerque."

The summits bring together leaders in the creative placemaking field to connect and exchange ideas. Creative placemaking is grounded in cross-sectoral partnerships between artists, activists, public officials, and philanthropists with the goal of improving communities through arts and cultural programming. In the true spirit of collaboration, the summits are designed to allow all participants to share ideas.  

As the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) Founder and Executive Director, Leonardo Vazquez, AICP PP, puts it, an instructor at the summit serves as a "guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage, because nobody knows everything and everyone knows something."

2019 will be the second year of summits produced jointly by NCCP and ArtPlace America. Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits this year took place in Denver, Colo., Chattanooga, Tenn., Madison, N.J., and Charleston, W.V. A fifth summit will pull together knowledge and ideas from all the regions for a national focus in College Park, Md. on Oct. 5 - 7, 2018.

The summits in 2018 have brought together some 1,000 arts funders, arts organization managers, philanthropists, planners, designers, architects, policy makers, and artists. For more information please visit