Arts and Planning Division

Arts and Planning Division

The Arts and Planning Division (APD) provides a forum for identifying, developing, and refining tools that promote the integration of arts and culture into community development and planning. This includes work in areas like creative placemaking and placekeeping, cultural planning, public art planning, cultural economic development, and zoning pertaining to arts uses and facilities.



Art and Soul: Arts and Planning Division Party at NPC23

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2022 Arts & Planning Leadership Election

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About the Arts and Planning Division


APD envisions a just and equitable planning profession and practice where arts and culture are integral parts of a thriving community.


The mission of the Arts & Planning Division (APD) of the American Planning Association is to transform the planning profession through arts and culture.


To accomplish the mission, APD fosters an interest in, contributes knowledge to, and promotes cooperation to enhance the intersection of arts, culture, and planning. APD will incorporate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) strategies to address historical societal inequities and ensure robust participation by all segments of a community. APD will use the following strategies to build collaboration between planners and arts and culture allies:

  • Facilitate planning partnerships with arts and culture practitioners.
  • Provide a forum for those working at the intersection of arts, planning, and equity to network and learn from each other;s work.
  • Offer learning opportunities that highlight trends, challenges and solutions related to the arts and planning fields.
  • Advance the goals and values of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Code of Ethics.

If you would like more information, please contact the organizer:

Miguel Angel Vazquez, AICP | Chair
Health Equity Urban and Regional Planner
Riverside University Health System-Public Health
Riverside, California


Annis Sengupta, PhD | Vice Chair
Director of Arts & Culture
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Boston, Massachusetts

Julie Burros, AICP | Treasurer
Senior Planner
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Chicago, Illinois

Brittany Delany | Secretary
Los Angeles, California

Jessica Wallen | Communications Chair
Arts and Culture Fellow
American Planning Association
Brooklyn, New York

Cheryl Dericotte, AICP | Professional Development Chair
Artist and Planner
San Francisco, California

Patricia Walsh | Membership Chair
Director of Creative Community Advancement
Americans for the Arts
Washington, D.C.

Leonardo Vazquez, AICP
Ethan Ellestad

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