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Artscape partners with UBC to offer course in Creative Placemaking

In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the creative community’s role in driving growth, change, transformation, and the new economy. And to both explain and teach this growing interest, this fall Artscape is partnering with the University of British Columbia to offer an online course in Creative Placemaking, the practice of leveraging arts, culture and creativity to drive community growth and transformation.

This course is offered as part of the Certificate in Cultural Planning in UBC’s Continuing Studies Department and is accessible worldwide as it will be delivered in an online format. Over 10 weeks, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and inspiration required to investigate, develop and implement creative placemaking projects in their community. The course will explore a range of creative placemaking strategies, including: the development of cultural districts and creative industry clusters; public art; cultural flagship development and artists’ space projects; and festivals and events.

The course runs from October 15th to December 9th 2012, and is 100 per cent online. The course is authored and instructed by Artscape’s Pru Robey, Director Knowledge Exchange, Research and Development. Pru advises communities across Canada and internationally on strategies to support city-building through the arts.

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