Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that
makes space for creativity and transforms communities.
There has been an explosion of interest in the creative community’s role in driving growth, change, transformation and the new economy. Many communities struggle with the challenge of translating the new interest in creative cities and economies into beneficial strategies. Both an arts practitioner and a learning organization, Artscape has married street-level awareness with groundbreaking research and international connections – the result is our unique knowledge of creative urban development. Our Creative Placemaking Lab shares Artscape’s knowledge and spearheads research and development.
We offer a range of programs and services based on Artscape’s unique, tested, highly evolved approach. We publish an incredible array of resources for people interested in developing their own projects, and instigate special projects to contribute to the advancement of the field.
Our goal is to grow a community of practice around creative placemaking.
Nothing can match the value of direct engagement. Artscape best practices have proven invaluable to numerous projects. We can help by providing mentorship and coaching in capital program development, program planning, collaboration and partnership, building community capacity, project design, business and legal affairs, assessment and reporting, and much more.
Artscape senior executives Tim Jones, President and CEO, and Pru Robey, Creative Placemaking Lab Director, will work with you in a program we customize to your objectives. Your program could include site visits, residencies, stakeholder engagement, evaluation and document review, presentations and study tours—all designed to make your initiatives a success.
You’ll find hundreds of resources on our dedicated website, artscapediy.org, including case studies, research reports, tip sheets, templates and many more educational and practical resources. We add to it regularly, so make sure you check the site often. Visit now and you'll find:
Artscape published an expanded version of its popular handbook Square Feet: the Artist’s Guide to Renting and Buying Creative Space in 2011. Highly acclaimed and the only resource of its kind, Square Feet provides indispensable information about the legal and financial decisions involved in occupying space for creative purposes, and can be licensed and adapted for local use. The full text is available on artscapediy.org, and licensing is straightforward—contact us to get started.
We offer in-person and virtual workshops and seminars in creative placemaking to a range of individuals and groups. (See the other pages in this section for more information.)
Take the Course: Director of the Creative Placemaking Lab Pru Robey is the author and instructor of Canada’s first university-level course in creative placemaking, offered online as part of the University of British Columbia’s Certificate in Cultural Planning program. The ten-week curriculum delivers the knowledge, skills and inspiration required to develop and implement creative placemaking projects, using a range of strategies. Contact the University of British Columbia for more information about course details and enrollment.