APA Course #1: Spaces, Places, and Public Art

$75.00 $40.00

Welcome to Spaces, Places, and Public Art  –  Tools for Placemaking!

This is the first of a series of courses to provide planners and others with useful knowledge and tools to shape healthier, more vibrant, and better-designed communities. Developed by the St. Paul-based nonprofit, Forecast Public Art, this online course is recognized by APA and AICP for Certification Maintenance credits (CMs). This course requires 90 minutes to complete. However, OPTIONAL supplemental information and many web links are provided which add time (but not additional CM credit) if the user chooses to review them.

This course expands planners’ knowledge of public art and placemaking, focusing on  keys to successful assessment, planning, and implementation for public art projects as well as overall planning for and integration of organizational infrastructure within local government needed to support public art.

By participating in these courses you become part of a growing international community of planners, designers, engineers, public policy-makers, artists, and others who bring creative solutions and new partnerships to complex community challenges.

Course Designer/Instructor Tom Borrup leads a workshop as part of the New Hampshire Institute of Art Creative Placemaking Certificate Program. Photo by Chris Archer, NHIA.

After completing this course you will:

    1. Know current ways of defining public art and see examples of how the practice has evolved in recent decades.
    2. Learn how public art has been successfully employed to achieve a variety of community planning and development goals in communities of different sizes.
    3. Become aware of how artists work and some of their roles in planning and collaborating on projects that address community challenges.
    4. Understand why and how public art has become an integral part of municipal systems.
    5. Identify ways in which public art adds value to public spaces as well as public investments and private development.
    6. Understand important challenges in the process of planning for public art, and gain tools to help better lead this process in your community.
Unknown public sculpture, Seoul, South Korea. Photo by Tom Borrup.

This course will use a variety of case studies that address and illustrate such things as:

• Large and small-scale public art projects
• Permanent and temporary art projects
• A range of types and styles of public art
• Ways the public participate and interact with the process of artmaking and art work
• Importance of site choices and relevance of the art to site
• Value of careful planning for public art
• Integral roles artists take in community planning and change
• Good public process/site selection process
• Thoughtful artist selection process
• Range and benefits of community engagement
• Public art funding and management

Cases embody good practices as well as challenges that illustrate key elements of public art in the context of  planning including the natural environment, community and economic development, housing, transportation, utilities, parks and recreation, public services, etc.

What’s Coming up in this Course?

A rich overview of public art in the context of planning for and implementing changes in the physical, social, economic, and policy arenas in which public art is both subject and catalyst.

Ten lessons that include short videos, images, text, and links to OPTIONAL resources that supplement the core course content.

Four multiple-choice quizzes and a final exam. A 75% or greater rate of correct answers allows you to successfully complete the course. Quizzes and the exam can be taken up to three times.

Ready to Begin?

When you’re ready to begin, click on the CURRICULUM TAB. Each Lesson should require between 7 and 12 minutes, although most have optional information you can take advantage of in the form of videos, web links, and PDF documents.

These courses emerged from a two-year project to explore ways public art and placemaking contribute to community health and wellness goals. Five small cities in southern Minnesota participated in piloting the project. Funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Development of this course was led by Tom Borrup, Ph.D., assisted by Hannah Gary, MPH, MURP; Linda Picone, MFA, and Michael Lauer, AICP

Click on the “Take this course” button to begin!

Course Features

  • Lectures 19
  • Quizzes 5
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 63
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
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Tom Borrup, Ph.D. serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the University of Minnesota’s Masters of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership and he teaches creative placemaking for the New Hampshire Institute of Arts and cultural planning for Drexel University’s Arts Administration Graduate Program. He is a leader and innovator in creative community building – leveraging cultural and other assets to advance economic, social, civic, and physical regeneration of place-based communities. As founder and Principal of Creative Community Builders, Tom leads interdisciplinary teams to help cities, foundations, and nonprofits integrate arts, economic development, urban planning and design, civic engagement, and animation of public space. Tom’s research and writing examines social and organizational networks in urban cultural districts, patterns of region-wide cultural infrastructure, and the evolution of community cultural planning. His 2006 book The Creative Community Builders’ Handbook profiles communities that have transformed economic, social, and physical conditions through the arts. From 2003 to 2009 he consulted with a Ford Foundation initiative assisting community-based arts organizations to take leading roles in neighborhood revitalization. With the National Endowment for the Arts, Tom served on a variety of funding and policy panels over 25 years in the media arts, visual arts, presenting, design, and advancement program categories. As Executive Director of Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis from 1980 to 2002, Tom helped build a diverse urban neighborhood and a nationally recognized multidisciplinary, cross-cultural organization.
$75.00 $40.00