Certificate in Creative Placemaking

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The Certificate in Creative Placemaking is made possible through a partnership between the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the Institute of Art and Design at NEC. 


What is Creative Placemaking?

A process where residents, small business owners, artists, arts and culture organizations, community developers, and other stakeholders use arts and culture-based strategies to implement community-led change. This approach aims to increase equity, access, vibrancy, improve economic conditions, and build capacity among residents to take or retain ownership of their communities.

Who is the certificate for?

Designed to build a shared knowledge base and ethical framework for creative placemaking the program is ideal for community-based, social practice, and civic practice artists as well as those in the fields of public policy, urban planning, community development. Those interested in working with like-minded people from various fields to develop a project addressing a self-identified challenge should apply.

How long is the program?

The program is 10-months typically from September – June. Course materials are accessible to registered students as early as mid-August.

Where is the program?

The program is based in Manchester, NH however it is an online program therefore you may participate from anywhere. There is an opening 2-day virtual residency to start the program and an optional closing residency that may be virtual depending on the state of the pandemic.

How much time does it take?

This program is tailored to fit even those with busy schedules requiring as little as 5-10 hours per week. 

How much does it cost?

The program costs $4995, partial fellowships and payment plans are available, contact us for more information.

Why should you or your staff participate?

This program is where theory meets practice, participants will gain the skills to effectively address social, economic and cultural issues in creative ways, using existing resources and enhancing what makes that place special. 

Graduates are collaborative leaders, supportive teachers, and mission-driven coaches.  This program prepares leaders to create the networks within a community that make change happen.

What will participants get from this program?

  • Develop a deep understanding of how communities and local economies can change through creative placemaking
  • Learn to identify key metrics in creative placemaking critical to evaluation and assessment
  • Utilize methods of measurement and analysis determining success, appropriate for all budgets and schedules.
  • Identify and evaluate locations for projects, artworks, and performances
  • Explore how to attract more resources and funding to your community while preserving its character and
  • Determine who you need to get on board your team to be successful
  • Learn how to get more support for your work and grow collaborative partnerships
  • Gain valuable insights and guidance from leaders in the field
  • Collaborate with a diverse pool of classmates prompting issues and problems to be explored from various perspectives
  • Build a valuable network of contacts, colleagues and peers
  • Create a tangible vehicle for change - a plan, report or scholarly paper - and get the tools to help promote change in their community
  • Receive a Certificate that demonstrates successful engagement in a rigorous and thoughtful program of study with experts in the field.The certificate supplements the resume of those experienced in Creative Placemaking and enables those new to it to build their resume with this unique set of skills.
  • Utilize the Capstone project to move forward on an existing project or to develop a project idea addressing a community issue.

For details on program structure and course descriptions click here


Refund Policy

If a student withdraws or is dismissed during a term, a refund or credit is issued according to the following schedule:

  • Before the first day of the first week of class: 100%
  • As of the first day of the first week of class: 80%
  • As of the first day of the second week of class: 50%
  • As of the first day of the third week of class: 0%

All other charges are non-refundable for any term which a student withdraws. If there is an outstanding balance after the credit is applied, the amount outstanding is due within 10 days of the official date of withdrawal, suspension, or dismissal.

For details on program structure and course descriptions click here.


For more information, please contact our Creative Placemaking Team: placemaking@nec.edu or (603) 836-2528.

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