MAKE SOME PLACE is a series of interactive workshops that examine ‘creative placemaking’ as it relates to artists and their practice. By shedding light on the abundance of increasingly available resources and funding opportunities, the workshops are designed to empower artists as they find new ways of engaging communities by integrating arts and culture into community building initiatives.

The series features moderators, artists, scholars and social entrepreneurs. Each speaker is paired with an artist offering a more in­ depth dialogue. Together, they provide insight into social practice work and how urban areas benefit from intentional inclusion of the arts and culture as a means to enriching the urban landscape. The audience is also invited to participate in the conversation during each session for a truly immersive experience. All workshops are free and open to the public. 

Listen to recordings of these talks HERE.




Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: CUE Art Foundation

What is ‘creative placemaking’? The term has emerged from the field of community planning and development to describe how arts and culture play a vital role in shaping community places. The series begins by establishing some common language and definition around the term ‘creative placemaking’. We will discuss the concept, its importance to artists and communities, and review examples.  MORE>>

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

A benefit of socially engaging art is that it often takes place in unexpected, publicly­ accessible spaces. For example, by bringing art to community gardens, parks and public plazas, we create connection among neighbors and more vibrant neighborhoods. This conversation will uncover the plethora of community spaces and resources available to artists, while also addressing site­ specific work and contextual considerations. MORE>>

Wednesday, October 5, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: The Bronx Museum of the Arts

How do we make it sustainable (i.e. “get paid”)? The core purpose of creative placemaking is nothing new. However, new funding sources are increasingly becoming available, providing critical support to placemaking efforts. From grants to crowdfunding, and through private and public partnerships, artists will learn about these funding opportunities and what makes for compelling proposals. MORE>>

Wednesday, September 28, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: CUE Art Foundation

Community partnerships and collaborations are key elements to the creative placemaking process. By combining resources, the process is inclusive of different viewpoints often leading to vibrant and more sustainable results. From local to international communities, discover how partners can enhance your practice. MORE>>

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: CUE Art Foundation

How does it all add up? Evaluation is an important aspect of any social practice. It provides valuable feedback for an artist wishing to hone their craft, and is a necessary part of funding proposals. To conclude the series, this conversation will introduce the basics of program evaluation and how it helps create meaningful connection between artists and their audiences. MORE>>


MAKE SOME PLACE is organized and facilitated by CUE's 2016 Public Programming Fellows, 
Jordan Dyniewski and perryne lee poy lokhandwala.

Jordan Dyniewski  
Jordan has found a career he loves at the intersection of arts administration, community engagement, civic planning, and event production. Having worked a decade in NYC’s non-profit theater and environmental industries, he now resides in Mount Rainier, MD, just across the Washington, D.C. line, as Director at ReCreative Spaces. 

His work focuses on animating otherwise underused indoor and outdoor spaces as a way to further connect communities and strengthen neighborhood resources. His other artistic pursuits include photography and carpentry, and he uses running as ‘thinking time.’ A perpetual student and curious mind, Jordan hopes to continue discovering creative approaches to everyday challenges. 

He holds Theater and Public Relations undergraduate degrees, and attributes much of his recent creative energy and newfound community of like-minded collaborators to his time as a 2015 Creative Community Fellow, hosted by National Arts Strategies. 

perryne lee poy lokhandwala / pl.a.c.e
perryne is a pl.a.c.e; planner, artist, curator, and engineer of creative place-based experiences.

Having navigated the world of community development for more than a decade -from affordable housing, to economic development to non-profit consulting, she took professional work and married it with her keen interest in culture, visual arts, public space, design, performing arts, and architecture to establish It’s All Made Up, LLC.
She has collaborated on projects with organizations such Lawn on D, desigNYC, Brooklyn Community Foundation, NYCDOH, NYC Parks GreenThumb, and the Community Design Collaborative. In 2015, she participated in SVA Summer Residency Program: Public Art as Social Intervention and was selected as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow.

She is also the mother of two urban adventurers, whose curiosity and imagination inspire her to continue exploring the untapped opportunities for play in public spaces.

This series is supported by the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92 and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.