Thriving Together, the 2017 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, got rave reviews from participants. An overwhelming majority said they enjoyed the Summit, held May 5 in Newark, NJ, learned a lot or expanded their professional networks.
About 140 people attended the event, which focuses on the how to's of making communities better through arts and cultural activities. Many were from the Northeast Corridor region (between Boston and Washington D.C.), but several came as far as California, Canada and Ghana. They participated in a dozen workshops and peer exchange sessions exploring how to sustain creative placemaking initiatives, build stronger partnerships and promote social equity through the arts.
|A collaboration exercise at the Leadership Summit.|
97% said they 'expanded their network.'
95% said they were 'satisfied with the quality of the instructors.'
92% said they were 'satisfied with the diversity of instructors.'
89% said they 'learned a lot at this summit.'
|Participants in this workshop learned how to engage community|
members through model building
"I liked the variety of topics, specifically those related to social justice and equity," "This was a great learning experience -- lovely people and instructors bringing together such diverse knowledge." "Programs were impressive and presenters were professional and humble in their incredible accomplishments."
While all the reviews were positive, we will focus on several improvements for future Leadership Summits. Among them: requiring that instructors leave more time for audience questions or open dialogue, having more staff to improve on site registration, and providing more information in the conference packets.
- A major Southeastern city in March
- Denver, CO in early April
- Newark, NJ in May
- Charleston, WV in June
- The Washington DC area in early Fall.