Artists reflect on why they find Creative CityMaking inspiring

What do you find most exciting or inspiring about Creative CityMaking? Why do you want to be part of it?

SAMUEL BABATUNDE ERO-PHILLIPS: In the past, urban planning was something that was done to communities rather than by communities. I’m happy to see that the urban planning process is becoming more transparent and about community engagement. Creative CityMaking is a great example of an effort to connect that gap.

CAROLINE KENT: Creative CityMaking is an opportunity for me to see how creativity can affect different areas where artists have not been previously associated with. In this case, city planning. Its an opportunity to learn something knew and this is what I’m
attracted to and why I want to be a part of it.


Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips works with youth on the Linden Hills Small Area Plan project.

Samuel Babatunde Ero-Phillips works with students to imagine an ideal city with guest artist and urban planner, James Rojas.

ROGER J. CUMMINGS: The ability to take a non traditional/multi-disciplinary, creative approach to city planning/cultural/economic/community development and community engagement and to leave the city/community with a 21st century, sustainable, equitable process to engage, re-imagine, plan cities communities, and corridors.

WITT SIASOCO: I want to use my artistic practice and design skills to create better communities. My recent projects have been explorations using design and art as a tool for education and social change. Through Creative CityMaking I hope to further my investigation of art, design, and civic engagement.

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