Creative Placemaking Symposium: Art and Design as Civic Action


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

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Pictured left to right: Mēlani Douglass, Omar Hakeem and Irfana Jetha Noorani and Amy Shimshon-Santo.
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.
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Illustration courtesy of Frank Profaci.
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In celebration of the University of Maryland’s new Creative Placemaking Minor, please join us for a one-day symposium considering how the fields of art and design can be leveraged in the service of social justice, democracy, and equitable communities. 

Youtube Recording

Presentation topics

  • Elevating arts, culture and design to support healthy communities
  • Arts-based and community-led placemaking and keeping
  • Student-centered civic engagement
  • Creating diverse and inclusive built environment discourse and action

List of speakers and their bios.

Story + Place” workshops led by poet, dancer, and urban planner Amy Shimshon-Santo will take place on:


2:00 PM     Welcome & Opening Remarks:

2:30 PM     SESSION I: Designing for Participation: Creative Campus Voting Project

  • Stephanie Rowden, Sound Artist, Associate Professor of Studio Art, University of Michigan
  • Hannah Smotrich, Visual Communications Designer, Associate Professor of Design, University of Michigan
  • Madeline Shepherd, University of Michigan student, Stamps School, BFA '22
  • Ren Strawn, University of Michigan student, Stamps School, BFA '23
  • Ben Leavitt, University of Michigan student,  LSA, '24

3:00 PM     Q&A

3:20 PM     10-minute break

3:30 PM     KEYNOTE
Jen Hughes, Senior Advisor to the Chair on Partnerships, Expansion, & Innovation
National Endowment for the Arts  (presentation)

4:00 PM     SESSION II: In Place: Artists + Designers as Catalysts + Accomplices (Presentations)

4:30 PM     Q&A

4:50 PM     10-minute Break

5:00 PM     SESSION III: Thriving in Place: The 11th Street Bridge Park (Presentations)

5:40 PM     Q&A

5:50 PM     Concluding Remarks

Dawn Jourdan, Dean, School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

6:00 PM     Reception



  • 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


Research and Creative Practice Areas