Learn About Our Project

August 4, 2017

Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community's interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place.

The Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Business is partnering with Blackbaud and the Alliance for Arts Research in Universities (a2ruto develop resources for higher education institutions interested in engaging with Creative Placemaking on their campuses. ​

With this project, we hope to compile stories that will inspire collaboration and provide you with the toolkits and case studies that will demonstrate the path forward. Overall, we aim to foster a conversation among universities and their surrounding communities about how the arts can build a sense of place. 

We’ve started by assembling some basic resources on the field of Creative Placemaking and we're starting off with providing general resources related to the  field of creative placemaking. These texts and tools feature strategies and arguments that are applicable across types of projects and communities. 

Over the course of the next few months, we are asking for your collaborationShare your campus experiences with us.  We want to help you tell your stories through original content, articles, and interviews. We are looking to compile University Resources that specifically relate to creative placemaking work on campuses. 



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Email us at bolzcreativeplacemaking@wsb.wisc.edu

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Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and relationship management, digital marketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, ticketing, analytics, school management, grant management, corporate social responsibility, and volunteerism.


The Bolz Center for Arts Administration was founded in 1969 as the first multidisciplinary business degree program to address the special needs of this emerging field. Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and respected Wisconsin School of Business, the Bolz Center program blends intensive business study, hands-on experience, and extensive professional networking opportunities for its students and alumni. The Bolz Center for Arts Administration is named in recognition of the generous support of Robert and John Bolz, and the Eugenie Mayer Bolz Family Foundation.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. a2ru envisions a world in which universities - students, faculty, and leaders - acknowledge, deeply embed, and seamlessly integrate the arts in the pursuit of basic knowledge and in everyday practice. As an organization, we value the arts as core to higher education, deep disciplinary knowledge and applied research in the arts, interdisciplinary creativity, durable collaboration, diverse community, and the research university as a driver toward a better world.


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