PARKXCHANGE City Workshops Call for Submissions

Across the country, parks professionals, planners and community organizations have been using arts and culture as a means to address important community development goals in a practice known as creative placemaking.

City Parks Alliance (CPA) and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) are partnering to bring placemaking skills and strategies to you through a PARKXCHANGE City Workshop on Creative Placemaking, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2017, CPA and TPL released The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks, a book that serves as a ‘how-to’ for implementing park-based creative placemaking and highlights successful park placemaking case studies. 

These organizations are now partnering to bring those skills and innovative strategies to you through our PARKXCHANGE City Workshops. CPA and TPL will be selecting two U.S. cities to host a creative placemaking workshop, a day-long workshop with guest speakers, interactive case studies, and creative placemaking skill-building. Submissions are due February 28, 2018.

ASLA 2016 Professional General Design Honor Award. Underpass Park, Toronto, ON, Canada. PFS Studio with The Planning Partnership / image: Tom Arban

The webinar recording announcing the PARKXCHANGE workshop is now available. Speakers from both organizations discussed what a sample workshop could look like, what makes a city eligible, and how to apply. Be sure to register and view the recording here.

Questions about the webinar? Email membership@cityparksalliance.org for more information.

Innovative Placemaking Training
PARKXCHANGE City Workshops on Creative Placemaking are designed to:

  1. Build skills for effective park partnerships around creative placemaking.
  2. Seed replication of innovation by developing a peer network between cities to learn from other’s success.
  3. Support new creative placemaking partnerships by hosting workshops locally with cross-sector participation.

Workshops are led by professional facilitators and draw on the experience of leaders around the country through a unique curriculum that includes interactive, peer-to-peer learning in which city leadership teams can explore new approaches to the challenge at hand. Workshops are customized to meet the needs of local communities and can be offered in half-day and full-day formats.

Take the Next Step
If you are interested in being a host city, visit this website to learn more about the workshops and to apply.

Applications are due February 28. 2018. For more information, email cernst@cityparksalliance.org. Applicants will be required to demonstrate cross-sector support and commitment for the workshop, and commit $12,500 in local match funds, as part of the overall $50,000 budget, to be raised prior to workshop.

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