Arts and culture is becoming incorporated into the field of planning due to the high quality work in the field as well as recent studies that have quantified its societal impact and its intrinsic value to quality of life. As the methods of fostering the arts and culture sector are developing, new terms have been invented and put into common use to describe the concepts behind these activities. This section unpacks many of these abstract ideas, theories, and terms that are infusing arts and culture into the larger profession of planning.


  • The Arts and Planning Interest Group (APIG) is a collaborative space for planners and artists who believe that arts and culture is an essential element of what makes places and communities healthy, connected, and vibrant. APIG provides a forum for identifying, developing, and refining policy and planning tools that promote the integration of arts and culture into community development and planning. Membership is open to non-APA members. Join APIG by completing this survey.

  • This journal looks at what creative placemaking does and how it does it and represents the perspectives of 16 organizations on the frontlines of this work, the funders and financiers supporting them, and the researchers and evaluators who are interpreting progress.

  • The Transportation for America creative placemaking guide introduces the field of practice to transportation planners, public works agencies and local elected officials who are on the front lines of advancing transportation projects. The guide provides introductions to eight dimensions of a creative placemaking practice in transportation and each section is grounded in examples of projects in action.

  • NASAA monitors state arts agency trends, documents the scope and impact of state arts agency activities, and harvests information from other research providers that is relevant to the arts and to government arts support. This page is an excellent roundup of data highlights from state, regional and national creative economy research published between 2000 and today and statistics about the creative work force, creative places, cultural tourism, and investment and participation.

  • This field scan, commissioned by ArtPlace America, explores how creative placemaking is advancing sustainability outcomes. This investigation included the environmental areas of energy, water, land, waste, toxic pollution, and climate resilience and adaptation and identified five environmental priorities and explores the potential of arts and cultural approaches to radically amplify and accelerate progress.

  • This field scan, commissioned by ArtPlace America, is an inquiry into the state of arts, culture, and creative placemaking as it relates to the public safety sector. Its findings and recommendations draw upon existing literature, an online survey of 100 creative placemaking stakeholders, and semi-structured interviews with the community of artists, thought leaders, investors, and organizations working at this intersection. It also identifies projects at the intersection of creative placemaking and public safety and organizes them into five areas of activity.

  • Gehl Institute is the home of the public life data protocol. The Protocol is an open data specification intended to improve the ability of everyone to share and compare information about public life activity in public space.

  • The goal of this field scan is to understand and frame how place-based arts and cultural interventions, or ?creative placemaking,? can advance sustainability outcomes in the context of community development. We focused on the U.S. context, although many of the issues and priorities identified are also globally relevant.