community created places that unite, empower and inspire
Creative Placemaking done the right way through an expedient, inspiring and truly bottom-up process that generates a vision plan and goals unique to each community
“No one ever asked me what I wanted in my neighborhood before.”
— creative placemaking participant
Creative Placemaking Consultant
In 2009, visual and community artist, Deborah Patterson, founded the nonprofit organization, ARTblocks, as a vehicle for bringing art out of the classroom and into the neighborhood for all to participate. The creative placemaking process became the means. After receiving training in the process in 2008 and 2009 by its originators, New York’s Project for Public Spaces, she has since worked with numerous Baltimore City communities to create places that truly reflect their own unique vision, creative ideas, values, character, history, and culture.
In 2022, Deborah was the keynote speaker for Maryland’s Citizens for the Arts’ annual ArtsLAB, which resulted in a collaboration with Charles County, Maryland to create a “center”–through creative placemaking and public art–in rural Waldorf. In 2020, her virtual presentation for an international conference on arts integration and climate action led to advising teachers in a town in northern Italy (it helps that she’s fluent in Italian) and a nonprofit in Uganda. In 2023 she hopes to lead a creative placemaking effort 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.
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