Crossing the Street: Building DC's Inclusive Future through Creative Placemaking

This art- and culture-forward approach has provided a platform to reimagine how planners engage with community and artists, inspire action and celebrate the unique aspects of neighborhoods. Launched in early 2016 with a focus on creating fun and inclusive experiences in neighborhoods across the city, the projects were designed to build community in areas that are experiencing rapid change, using arts and culture to activate space, foster conversation and collaboration and highlight and support existing neighborhood assets. The diversity of communities, curators and planning contexts yielded a range of approaches. Each project showcased the use of different types of community infrastructure (ranging from a small park to a wide sidewalk to an entire corridor), community culture and heritage (i.e., Latino, Ethiopian and African American), and design and programming (ranging from hammocks to tea ceremonies to storytelling). The panel will discuss the process for undertaking a large-scale program, including how a planning office synthesizes creative placemaking into its practices, partners with curators and communities, and develops and implements projects. In addition, panelists will discuss lessons learned.




  • Anna Mussig, Project Manager (Gehl)

  • Philippa Hughes, Social and Creative Placemaker (Pink Line Project)

  • Brandon Hill, Artist & Designer (No Kings Collective)

    • Tuesday, April 3 (1:45pm - 3:15pm)


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