Creative Placemaking Summit

We will be teaching a session titled, “You Are Here: A Creative Cartography” at the West Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit Feb. 7-9 in Albuquerque, NM. This 3-day event is presented jointly by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and ArtPlace America in partnership with the City of Albuquerque to develop the field in the following ten western states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

The main theme for the event will be emerging pathways, and topics will include authenticity, placekeeping and belonging, access and the invisible. #CPLSummitWest will offer creative placemakers skills, inspiration, connections and ideas. #creativeplacemaking Register at

Our session will be Saturday, Feb 9, 9:30am-11:30am.

This workshop will combine site-specific inquiry and multidisciplinary arts using GPS-based technology to tell a story about a place using an interactive map. Artwork of a place values locales, knowing “who you are by knowing where you are” as the poet Wendell Berry once wrote. Place-based poetry and art has the ability to create timeless moments, express individual experiences in a universal way, and to craft a sense of communal identity. In this workshop, we will share methods and strategies to craft the beginning of creative cartography about your community that you can then develop further by hosting workshops within your discipline, whether that is creative writing, art, history, or oral tradition.

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