The Placemaking Conference

April 1, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Catlett Music Center
Catlett Music Center
500 W Boyd St, Norman, OK 73069

The Placemaking Conference is a biennial event featuring leading experts on topics in economic development, healthy communities, city planning and governance, architecture and design, district management, public spaces and parks, and more.

Featured Speakers for 2019:
Kennedy Smith of CLUE Group, one of the nation’s foremost experts on commercial districts, will speak about downtown and main street economic development.

Elena Madison of Project for Public Spaces will be joined by Jill Brown DeLozier of Downtown OKC Partnership and Laura Hoagland of Southwest Airlines to talk about placemaking partnerships that transform public space.

Mick Cornett, former Oklahoma City mayor, is the author of The Next American City and will join us to share ideas about how small- and middle-sized cities are positioned for success.

Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura will speak about the quest to document special (and sometimes odd) places around the world

Oklahomans Allison Bailey of Holiday Pop-Up Shops, Lauren Nitschke of Waurika, and Kelly Tompkins of Main Street Enid will share their placemaking stories

Houston-based artist Rick Lowe, creator of Project Row Houses and other projects around the world, will present the closing lecture featuring highlights of his career creating revitalization efforts driven by art and culture.

Registration is required.

Dennis Spielman

I'm Dennis Spielman, the Producer of Uncovering Oklahoma, which I started in 2009 as a way to show that Oklahoma isn't boring. As for about myself, I’m a creative person that writes imaginative stories. I also run The Show Starts Now Studios, which is my umbrella organization for all of my shows I create. Come join me on Patreon as I create content that adds adventure and wonder to peoples' lives. More about my stories and projects are at

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