redefining the center through collaborative community engagement
Done the right way through an expedient grassroots, bottom-up, empowering, inspiring, and collaborative process with the community at the center.
Deborah Patterson Creative Placemaking Consultant
In 2009, community artist Deborah Patterson founded ARTblocks, a nonprofit organization whose purpose began as a means for bringing art out of the classroom and into the neighborhood for all to participate. After receiving training in the placemaking process in 2008 and 2009 with its originators, New York’s Project for Public Spaces, she has since helped numerous Baltimore City communities create places that reflect their own unique vision, creative ideas, values, character, history, and culture..
Deborah also offers her knowledge and services outside the U.S. After presenting virtually at an international conference on climate action in 2020, she advised teachers in a town in northern Italy on the creative placemaking process (luckily, she is fluent in Italian). She has also advised a nonprofit in Uganda. On the horizon for 2023 is working with a community in Rome, Italy.
Her creative placemaking heroes include Jane Jacobs, Lily Yeh, and communities creating unique and inspiring places throughout the world.
To discuss using the creative placemaking process with your community, please contact Deborah directly.