Creative Placemaking is a term used to describe initiatives that use art, culture, and other creative tactics to create or maintain a sense of place.
The term placemaking can mean different things to different people. For a resident of a gentrifying community, it can trigger anxiety about development. For a developer, it can mean creative projects that bring upper-middle class millennials, for an artist it can mean elusive funding, long timelines, and headaches.
We believe creative placemaking is an essential way to develop or strengthen a community. We also believe creative placemaking has health benefits and economic benefits for local residents, business owners, and community organizations. We focus on projects that can bridge divides and increase a sense of pride for one's own neighborhood. We also encourage collaboration with local artists and organizations. We have experience developing creative placemaking projects for Vornado/Charles E. Smith, JBG Smith, and other real estate developers. We've developed and managed a variety of creative placemaking projects -- from supper clubs to LED light installations, pop-ups to murals, and workshops to digital marketing campaigns.
FOR BUSINESSES, NON-PROFITS, & INDIVIDUALS
Looking for a creative solution for your business? We provide goal-oriented creative consulting for a variety of businesses and fields. We also host private workshops, events, and/or craft stations for your event.
Interested in creating a unique experience for your residents or tenants? We can help you put on an art happening or site-specific art installation that is thoughtful and builds community. We understand the nuances of creative placemaking for real estate developers, especially when it comes to budgets and stakeholders. We focus on making sure you get your ROI and create long-lasting goodwill.
Site Assessment & Budget Advice For New Projects
Interested in being more marketable as an artist and getting your work seen by people who will buy it? Or, looking to learn a new craft or technical skill? We provide 1:1 consultations and private lessons in our studio.
We offer various services to help you sell your work and can also help you develop workshops and special events to use your unique talents to make more income.
“Stephanie is a powerhouse performer. She brings a unique and valuable perspective to every project she works on. It was a pleasure to manage her at Vornado and I look forward to watching her career continue to shape the world around us. ”
— JASON, VORNADO/WHYHOTEL
“Stephanie is creative and is always thoughtful and strategic when approaching any challenge. She also has a tremendous network of contacts that she can leverage to generate new ideas.”
— BRITT, JBG SMITH
“Distill Creative brings together my favorite things...interesting and delicious drinks and innovative ways to get creative. They are great to collaborate with and are always looking for ways to connect with the community.”
— SAMANTHA TESTA, ARTIST