The Welcoming City: Encouraging Diversity and Inclusion through Creative Placemaking

May 17, 2023 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time Metro Toronto Convention Center, 104 CD Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Diversity Equitable Development Placemaking and Placekeeping
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Local placemaking efforts are typically focused on creating attractive spaces that are designed and programmed to appeal to certain groups or audiences. But another dimension has largely been ignored: making places that are welcoming to everyone regardless of physical ability, race, nationality, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status. This session will explore how cities, developers, designers, and community groups are using arts and culture to create places and experiences that encourage diversity, equity, and inclusion. The participants will provide specific examples and case studies to demonstrate how these goals have been achieved. Panelists will include Juanita Hardy, a nationally recognized creative placemaking consultant and ULI fellow sharing insights from her practice; Rob C. Hain, global CEO of Sound Diplomacy, an international leader in leveraging nighttime economies; Jennifer Vey, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Institution’s Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking, discussing economic impacts of placemaking; and Melani Douglas, public programs director for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, on arts and placemaking. Tanya Stern, acting planning director for Montgomery County, Maryland, will moderate.