*Times are presented in Central Daylight Time (CDT) *


12 PM - 4 PM Registration (Westin)
2 PM - 3:30 PM Pre-Summit Workshop: Defining Our Terms—the What and Why of Creative Placemaking
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Happy Hour Gathering with Your Seminar Group
4:30 PM - 6 PM Plenary: Welcome Kickoff and Dinner
6:15 PM Depart for Jackson Medical Mall (Shuttles provided-depart from lobby)
7 PM - 8:30 PM Public Event: Optimistic: Jackson Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 
8:30 PM - 9:30 PM Reception and Art Fair



8 AM - 9:30AM Breakfast Plenary: Our Stories, Our Places
9:30 AM - 10 AM Break and Transition to Jackson Convention Center
10 AM - 11:30 AM

Seminars: Session I: Cooperation and Communion, Groups 1 - 6

Workshops: Select your session onsite, Groups 7 - 12

11:40 AM - 12:30 PM Break Room and Peer Exchanges, All Groups
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch and Break Room
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM Break Room and Peer Exchanges, All Groups
2:30 PM - 4 PM

Seminars: Session I: Cooperation and Communion, Groups 7 - 12

Workshops (repeated): Select your session onsite, Groups 1 - 6

4 PM - 4:30 PM Break and Transition to Westin
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Plenary: Land, Race, & Community Futures
5:30 PM - 7 PM Break
7 PM - 9:30 PM BBQ and Blues at the Museum



8 AM - 9 AM Breakfast PlenaryFood Systems Transformation through Arts and Culture
9 AM - 9:30 AM Break and Transition to Jackson Convention Center
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Seminars: Session II: Nourishment and the Gift, Groups 1 - 6

Workshops: Select your session onsite, Groups 7 - 12

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Seminars: Session II: Nourishment and the Gift, Groups 7 - 12

Workshops: Select your session onsite, Groups 1 - 6

11:45 AM - 12 PM Break and Transition to Westin
12 PM - 1 PM  Closing Plenary: History, Truth, and the Search for Common Ground
1 PM  Summit Concludes



This year, sessions will run in five formats: PLENARIES, SEMINARS, WORKSHOPS, PEER EXCHANGES, and BREAK ROOM. Each format provides a different learning opportunity - see below for more information.

Ideas and Inspiration

Leading voices address some of our most pressing topics. Hear from leaders who are working across the country to confront key community issues and move the field of creative placemaking forward.


Connecting and Reflecting

Designed by The Aspen Institute
Join a small group of peers each day during the Summit—your community within the community—for a chance to step back from day-to-day concerns and reflect collectively on the core values of our work. What do we believe, and why do we believe it? Why do we do what we do? Share your experiences and questions and learn by listening to the insights of colleagues from around the country.


Tools and Techniques

Looking to develop new skills? Choose your own adventure from workshops designed to supply practical tools on specific issues: gain information on sustainable partnerships and creative ecologies; pick up tips on how to better measure the impact of your work; improve your ability to tell compelling narratives about your work. Dig in on field-wide discussions about the values and definitions of creative placemaking.


Sharing and Caring

Join a conversation with practitioners who are at the leading edge of innovation in creative placemaking. Facilitated peer-to-peer discussions provide space to share common experiences, challenges, and insights. Extend your network and apply your learning to conversations that will help others advance their work. Sessions are organized by topics of interest and are led by practitioners from around the country.


Intersecting and Connecting

Designed by CPCP
Sometimes at a conference, the conversations we have in the hallway or the breakroom turn out to be the most meaningful. We’re making a unique space for those conversations in a lounge on Tuesday, May 21, between the other sessions. Network and knowledge builders will be hosting spaces of casual connection, some with resources to share, others with a question to discuss. Grab coffee, stop by areas that might be of interest. Stay for a chat or float around to see what else you discover. You can even bring a topic and start an area of your own. However you choose to spend time in Break Room, you’ll learn about others and connect with old friends and new.


Our hashtag throughout the summit is #ArtPlaceSummit. For more details and live updates go to the ArtPlace Summit Guidebook App.