Certificate in Creative Placemaking


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The Certificate in Creative Placemaking is where theory meets practice.  Designed to build a shared knowledge base and ethical framework for Creative Placemaking, this is an invaluable experience those working in areas of civic art, urban planning, public policy, community development, and leadership development. 

This program prepares leaders to create the necessary networks within a community that makes change happen.  You will work with top practitioners in the field of Creative Placemaking to gain the knowledge and tools to effectively address social, economic and cultural issues using existing resources to enhance what makes a place special. 

This program is open to everyone interested in improving communities through arts and culture and may be taken for professional development or graduate credit.  This mostly online program is designed to be convenient and accessible to learners around the United States and internationally.



The opening residency at the Institute's Manchester Campus serves as both a solid introduction to creative placemaking and preparation for the rest of the program.  You will learn about field of creative placemaking by exploring it in practice in Manchester, practicing skills for analyzing communities, and getting insights from leading practitioners, while building collaborative leadership skills. 


Deep Learning Courses

Students will take six online Deep Learning Courses. Through readings, thoughtful discussions, and occasional assignments curated by an accomplished faculty, you will gain a deep understanding of key issues in creative placemaking and become prepared to address the challenges face the field of creative placemaking.  


Leadership Coaching

Through five online Leadership Coaching sessions, students will learn key skills integral to building productive partnerships and expressing influence.   


Capstone Project

The Capstone Project allows the student to bring together all the content from the program into a tangible actualized plan to make meaningful change in a community.


The Certificate in Creative Placemaking faculty are accomplished practitioners in the field. 

  • Leo Vazquez
  • David Pankratz
  • Wendy Benscoter
  • Betsy Pandora
  • Leland Edgecombe

  • Questions?

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

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