Certificate in Creative Placemaking


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We are very excited for the upcoming 2019-20 Certificate in Creative Placemaking Program. First, we are now the Institute of Art and Design at New England College (the Institute). This recent merger between NHIA and NEC has allowed us to make some changes and updates to this year’s program. We have made slight changes to the dates of the residency and online courses. We also are able to accept a few more students for this year’s cohort. We are pleased to also implement slight curricular changes to better serve the executive education community and evolve the program. To learn more about the program, please contact Director Leonardo Vazquez leonardovazquez@nhia.edu or our Creative Placemaking Team placemaking@nhia.edu.


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.


For the full course curriculum, click here.


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
  • Tom Borrup
  • David Pankratz
  • Wendy Benscoter
  • Betsy Pandora
  • Leland Edgecomb

  • 2019/20 Calendar

    • Deadline for Open Seats – October 7
    • Opening Residency  -- October 23, 1pm - October 25, 2pm on the Manchester, NH Campus
    • Online Courses – November 1 through May 31
    • Capstone Project – June 1 – June 30


    We are pleased to announce the the New Hampshire CDFA is offering fellowships for this program. Please contact us for more information.


    For more information, please contact our Creative Placemaking Team placemaking@nhia.edu or (603) 836-2561.

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