The new Certification in Creative Placemaking program at The Ohio State University welcomed 21 students in its inaugural year. Thirteen are continuing education students from throughout the United States, while another nine are OSU graduate students, who are pursuing graduate credit in the program.
The diverse (and highly engaged) group includes public policy and arts professionals from Illinois, Louisiana, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Dozens more expressed interest in the program.
The response was so positive that the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School of Architecture will be offering the program again next year. The program will be held from August 2014 through May 2015, and will continue to be online.
Registration is now closed for this year’s program, but we expect to open registration for the 2014 Certification in Creative Placemaking by spring.
They are learning from one another and from leaders in the creative placemaking field, including Tom Borrup, author of The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook; David Pankratz, Research Director for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council; Wendy Benscoter, Manager, Shreveport Common; Leland Edgecombe, Principal of the architecture/urban design firm The Edgecombe Group; and Juana Guzman, Principal of the cultural tourism consulting firm I Juana Know.
The program is co-sponsored and designed by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.