About the Book
Placemaking is a collaborative and powerful tool for community building. It can be driven top-down by politicians seeking broad development goals, or bottom-up with grassroot activism in fostering ad hoc solutions and everything in between. At the core of all placemaking undertakings is the value-added concept of employing a community’s strengths and aspirations to reflect its unique identity in shaping the public realm. The purpose of the Creative Practice as Protest Youth Workshop was to empower Youth to harness and channel their own lived experiences whether they had been ignored in local planning, or conversely, had engaged with civic action for their communities. This, along with their creative talents, any prior efforts/experiences in the arena of justice, advocacy, education, and activism was encouraged and channeled towards finding solutions for the most critical topics of importance to them at that moment in time. Community and Creative mentors were also asked to join and work alongside Youth throughout the day. This book highlights the event and the outcomes and provides a model for others to conduct similar events..