Abbey Judd is a second-year dual degree student in the Master in Community and Regional Planning program at the UT School of Architecture and Public Affairs program at the LBJ School. She currently works as a Program Associate with Civic Arts, managing the Austin Arts in Sacred Places program.  Additionally, Judd is the Graduate Assistant for the Community & Regional Planning Graduate Advisor. 

Before graduate school, Judd worked in Memphis at an arts non-profit organization that provides free concerts at a historic bandshell in a public park. While managing community partnerships, she observed the importance of public cultural amenities in quality of life for residents and witnessed creative approaches for community development. 

Judd’s primary research interest is in “creative placemaking,” which examines the capacity arts and culture can bring urban planning and public policy. During her time in Austin, Judd has also explored urban music economies and civic participation through the arts engagement process through her off-campus jobs and coursework in the Arts and Culture Entrepreneurship & Non-Profit Management Portfolio program. 


  • Master of Community & Regional Planning (2021)
  • Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School (2021)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Rhodes College, 2015
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  • Public Spaces
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Participatory Planning Process
  • Cultural Policy
  • Urban Music Economies