Creative Placemaking

Creative Placemaking is a practice that convenes partners from public, private, non-profit, and community sectors to strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.

WonderRoot's Head of Creative Placemaking, Brandon Jones, has identified five key distinctions for a creative placemaking initiative:


  • Place-based- All projects are rooted in geographic parameters.
  • Ethical Community Engagement- Projects strive for shared agency among all stakeholders.
  • Cross-sector Collaboration- Projects cannot exist in the arts sector alone. There must be a cultivation of diverse partnerships across sectors.
  • Public Cultural Consumption- Arts or cultural products must be accessible to the public and be outward oriented.
  • Influence Localized Development Systems- Projects seek to address complex community development subject matters.


Our vision serves to engage social commentary and build meaningful relationships between communities and their public spaces through carefully curated and aesthetically interesting public works of art.

From outdoor art installations to live performances, these dynamic projects tell stories, change attitudes, and bring diverse people together. Always working in partnership with communities and sometimes other mission-driven organizations, we recognize that public art is never a solo project.

For more information on WonderRoot's Creative Placemaking work or to inquire about partnerships, please send an email to