Curriculum Planning & Resources

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Placemaking: Art Inquiry Resource Guide 2011

Think about your favorite place, one that has special meaning just for you. It might be your bedroom, your neighborhood, the home you grew up in, a quiet place by the water, or a busy restaurant where you meet friends. No matter where it is, you know that “place” is more than just a location on a map. Placemaking is a social practice through which we build identity and meaning in relationship with our geography; it is a critical and creative exploration of the human impulse to build shelter. 

themes explored: 
• Home / Personal space
• Departure / Displacement
• Moveable/ Impermanent place
• Collectives / Communities


Art Inquiry Resource Guides are based on themes generated for,
and during, New Urban Arts’ Summer Art Inquiry—a five-week, interdisciplinary summer program that brings together high school students and artists in a critical exploration of creative practice. Each guide is based around a specified theme and offers individual and collaborative activities, questions, and prompts to guide the development of your own personal inquiry and/or curriculum. 

We hope you find these resource guides useful in sparking new ideas for your own creative practice, whether individually, collaboratively, or in the classroom. Each publication’s format allows you to adapt, combine, or alter the activities to best meet the needs of your specific environment.