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Year of Publication


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation


Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Matthew Zook

Second Advisor

Matthew Wilson


Creative placemaking is an arts-oriented community development policy that focuses on the potential for art, artists, and cultural organizations to generate social, economic, and cultural vibrancy in their communities and is a primary tool of culture-led (re)development practices (Markusen & Gwada, 2010). Despite the focus of creative placemakers on the local impacts of their work, creative placemaking is more than local, it is both translocal and transcalar. In this dissertation, I examine the role that digital mediation plays in creative placemaking and how it makes visible these translocal and transcalar connections. I begin by outlining a methodology for tracing replicated creative placemaking projects across networked space that results in a relational view of the work that they do. I then present two case studies: One looking at the transcalar connections created by street mural festivals as they link cities to global constellations of creativity, and the other focusing on how creative placemakers can curate and direct digital mediation by their audience to protect their own visions for the future of a place. In drawing attention to the potential for digital mediation to make visible the more than local impacts creative placemaking has on cities around the globe, this work suggests a way of approaching the study of creative placemaking relationally. By looking at creative placemaking relationally we are able to better understand and respond to the unintended consequences of the practice and in doing so move closer to creating more equitable cities that serve the communities that live there.

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