Creative Placemaking Symposium: Art and Design as Civic Action


3835 Campus Drive
Architecture Building
College Park, MD 20742
United States

Illustration of creative placemaking. People on ladders building large puzzles; leaves and trees in the background and a hot air balloon pulling a "Creative Placemaking" sign.
Image Caption
Illustration courtesy of Frank Profaci.
Supported by the Lombardo lecture fund

In celebration of the University of Maryland’s new Creative Placemaking Minor, we will be hosting a one-day symposium to consider how the fields of art and design can be leveraged in the service of social justice and equitable communities. The final schedule for Creative Placemaking: Art and Design as Civic Action will be announced soon, but most events will take place on the afternoon and evening of March 1, 2023 in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. We have a number of exciting speakers confirmed, including Jen Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Chair on Partnerships, Expansion, & Innovation at the National Endowment for the Arts, Hannah Smotrich and Stephanie Rowden from the University of Michigan’s Creative Campus Voting Project, representatives from the creative team designing Washington’s first elevated public park at the 11th Street Bridge, and the LA-based urban planner, poet and dancer Amy Shimshon-Santo.

A workshop facilitated by Amy Shimshon-Santo will be held on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm in the Art Building. 

Symposium RSVP (In person and Zoom)           Workshop RSVP

  • Arts for All
  • The College of Arts and Humanities
  • The School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
  • The Lombardo Architecture Program Lecture Fund
  • The National Center for Smart Growth- Maryland Creative Placemaking Collaborative

Confirmed Speakers:

Jen Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Chair on Partnerships, Expansion, & Innovation, National Endowment for the Arts

Creative Campus Voting Project
Hannah Smotrich, Associate Professor of Design, University of Michigan 
Stephanie Rowden, Associate Professor of Studio Art, University of Michigan 

11th Street Bridge Park 
Scott Kratz, Building Bridges Across the River Senior Vice President & 11th Street Bridge Park Director 
Irfana Jetha Noorani, cultural organizer, artist, producer and administrator 

Writing/Righting Culture
Amy Shimshon-Santo, Urban Planner, Poet and Dancer, Los Angeles

Research and Creative Practice Areas