CASE STUDY: History of creative placemaking in the United States


Join the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking for our upcoming Creative Placemaking Leadership Webinars. The CPL Webinars combine short presentation with instructor-guided conversations among peers. You can learn and shre your own insights and experiences. The webinars are designed for urban designers and planners, arts administrators and civic artists, public affairs professionals, grantmakers, and anyone working at or interested in the intersection of arts and culture with social and economic issues.

The sessions are free, but we hope you can make a donation of at least $10.  They will help The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking provide more free and low-cost programming.   You can register for as many sessions as you would like.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2 – 3 pm eastern

History of creative placemaking in the United States

The term ‘creative placemaking’ was coined only six years ago, but it has been happening in various forms in the US since at least the late 19th century. This webinar will explore the earliest work in creative placemaking in America. Participants will learn about the pioneering work of Charles Mulford Robinson, Edgar Lee Hewett and others, and discover how placemaking through arts and culture has evolved over more than a century.

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CASE STUDY: Good Chance Theatre

Good Chance Theatre partnered with the Museum of Immigration in Paris to open a pop-up performance space programmed by refugees.

The temporary theatre was set up outside the museum, known as ‘musee national de l’histoire de l’immigration’, as part of an artistic residency, which took place from October 16 to November 3 2018.

Good Chance has run other pop-up theatres in Paris over the year-and-a-half it has worked in the French capital, however this was the first time a space was run by refugees.

In a world increasingly divided, Good Chance Theatre believes it is time for theatre and art to rediscover its ancient power: to connect, unite and reclaim our individual and collective narratives.

There are three core strands to their work: the Good Chance Theatres, Good Chance Productions and the Good Chance Ensemble.

CASE STUDY: Hyper-Reality by Keiichi Matsuda

HYPER-REALITY from Keiichi Matsuda on Vimeo.

Hyper-Reality by Keiichi Matsuda presents a provocative and kaleidoscopic new vision of the future, where physical and virtual realities have merged, and the city is saturated in media. If you are interested in supporting the project, sponsoring the next work or would like to find out more, please send a hello to

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CASE STUDY: When is a Star a Star?


Bonnie Craig is a UK-based visual artist and designer working mainly with pattern and print. She creates large-scale pieces, such as installations in public spaces, and small-scale pieces, such as one-off prints. I use pattern in my work to draw attention to the sometimes overlooked details in nature, buildings, books and all sorts of other things.

When is a Star a Star?

“Ever since I started working with pattern, I’ve been interested in the maths behind what I do. I use a lot of numbers, sequences and grids to structure my work, experimenting with adding random elements or breaking rules that I have set myself. I find this a really satisfying way of working – the constraints and structure help me to organise and sort through the creative ideas and possibilities that sometimes seem overwhelming.

But I’ve always wanted to work with someone else’s numbers – what would happen if I applied my own way of working with number and pattern to the data from something else entirely?

A chat with the Lancashire Science Festival earlier this year was the perfect opportunity to start exploring this idea. After meeting several academics at the University of Central Lancashire who work with data in different ways – all of which left me with far too many ideas for projects before I’d even started – I was introduced to astrophysicist, Professor Derek Ward-Thompson, Director of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of Maths, Physics and Astronomy.

Derek’s research is all about star formation, which seemed like a perfect topic for a family event like the Lancashire Science Festival. I loved the idea of using art to communicate some of the facts and science behind something that seems so magical.

I have no background whatsoever in maths, physics or astronomy, which I later realised was a great place to start as all my ideas came directly from our discussions. After a crash course in star formation, helped by Derek’s patience with my extremely basic questions, I started to see where my own working process could fit in. Derek’s team works with telescopes that capture information on scales and distances that I can’t even comprehend, and the images they work with help to identify exactly what’s happening in space when stars are created”.