Spring 2021

ARTS AND CULTURE STRATEGIES IN COMMUNITY PLANNING

CRP 381M (01560) CRP 386 (01634) 

 

At this time of historic shifts happening within our nation, the field of professional planning practice is wrestling in earnest with the important question of how residents can and should be involved in municipal planning processes.  Having worked in earnest since the aftermath of urban renewal to create clear practices and systems for community input, the efficacy of those practices is being challenged both from inside and outside municipal systems.
 
This convergence of historic shifts in society and deep felt needs by practitioners, has created a fertile ground for exploration and experimentation into new modes of community engagement that can ensure a city’s needs for equity and adaptive innovation.  
 
After reviewing traditional frameworks for public engagement through the course of planning history, this course will explore contemporary practices that have emerged at the intersection of the arts and planning disciplines.  Looking at these practices from both an artistic and planning angle, we will examine how these practices can harness new methods to fulfill the core aim of planning practices to ensure that citizens have a direct and equitable path towards the co-creation of the policies that impact their day-to-day lives. 
 
Learning objectives:
By the end of the semester students should be able to:
History / Theory
●      Understand the history of contemporary public engagement processes within the field of professional planning
●      Understand the development of arts-based practices as they have emerged within the planning profession
●      Understand these practices from both an artistic and a planning perspective.
●      Think critically and creatively about how such strategies can apply to broader community development practices. 
Implementation
●      Understand common pitfalls and shortcomings of public engagement processes
●      Understand and appreciate the values, needs, and concerns of multiple stakeholders and publics
●      Design public conversations that promote inquiry, address the difficult tradeoffs, and foster creative solutions
●      Think strategically about the design of a multiple-event public engagement process over time