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Public Art and Placemaking

Public spaces are vital components of the physical design as well as the social fabric of any urban area. Public spaces are the platforms where public activities takes place. Since the beginning of the history of cities these spaces have been used for meetings, leisure, protests, and gatherings. Often monuments and statues have been added to adorn the space and to commemorate or memorialize events or people. In more recent times temporary and quasi-permanent public art installations have taken place in public spaces, advocated by communities, or group of citizens, as well as by promoted and sponsored by public offices and agencies, or private corporations. The processes and the practices of art in public space involving all stakeholders, from artists, to communities, to public officials, to public and private sponsors, to final users, are the foci of the Certificate.  

There is a vital connection between art and urban planning. For planners, placemaking is, more than ever, beginning to involve the use of public art to revitalize cities. For artists, understanding the public realm is essential to the creation of effective and meaningful public art. DAAP is unique in that it offers Art and Planning within the same college, and there is already a strong connection present.

Degree: GC

Full-time program duration: 2.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Art or School of Planning
School of Art
PO Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-2962

Admission Requirements

The Public Art and Placemaking Certificate program is open to university post-baccalaureate or graduate students. Applications should be sent to the director of the Public Art and Placemaking Certificate Program. Applications require:

  • An application form through the Graduate school portal
  • All university or college transcripts
  • One letter of support from a full-time faculty member



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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