About Placemaking Design

About Placemaking Design

Creating places of belonging where people share heritage, arts and culture.

At Placemaking Design, we are community-driven public space practitioners, advocates and consultants. We offer project management, interpretive content development and graphic design for the creation of vibrant public spaces

We engage with culture as a transformative mechanism to promote social and economic well-being for communities, organizations and businesses.

Placemaking Design can incorporate a range of cultural forms of expression in the projects we manage: visual art, craft, design, geology, music, outdoor experiences, literature, performing arts, food, sports, language and heritage.

Working with varying-interest stakeholders to transform public spaces, we are adept at using simple, inexpensive materials and programs. We design or redesign spaces to encourage people to come together.


Exhibits, Galleries and Spaces
Exhibition development and design
Interior space decoration
Artifact and art curation

Placemaking Events
Event planning and activation
Design engagement activities for specific events
Educational programming

Municipal Placemaking
Community cultural planning and mapping
Community revitalization
Evaluation and consultation of existing placemaking centres

Interpretive Planning
Tourism product development
Content research and development

Strategic Planning
For museums, art galleries and other cultural organizations.

Graphic Design
Large and small interpretive panels
Booklets, brochures, general promotional materials
Interior and exterior sign design
Wayfinding and map design
Web-ready promotional images

Current Projects

This past year, Placemaking Design worked with the Township of South Algonquin to develop a style guide, logo (above) and signage plan.

Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village
We developed and designed a strategic plan, plus supporting implementation documents, for Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village in Pembroke. Click here to view the museum’s Strategic Plan, 2020-2024.

Madawaska Coffee Featured Artists
Ongoing: Stop in to see featured artists at Madawaska Coffee, curated by Placemaking Design. Look for new Algonquin-area artists on display every few weeks. Madawaska Coffee, 19578 Opeongo Line (Hwy 60), Barry’s Bay.

Alex Sztasko Retrospective
Madawaska Coffee, Barry’s Bay, September and October, 2020.

Shukraan | Thank You
July 2019 • Pembroke. Placemaking Design  worked with the Renfrew County refugee community to help them say thank you to the volunteers who taught them English. The event was a celebration of community and caring with food, music and storytelling.

Love’s Healing Reading Room
2018 • Co-ordinated, designed and promoted the successful launch event for Love’s Healing Reading Room, Killaloe Ontario. Placemaking Design developed the website for the reading room, and supplied most  of the photography on the website.

Renfrew County ATV Club
2018 • Project-managed and developed interpretive content for trail signage throughout Renfrew County. Designed a trail map, sign art and project-managed production of signs.

Maurice H Haycock exhibit proposal, for Kathy M Haycock, Artist
2018 • Curatorial research and content development for Maurice H Haycock exhibition proposal, foundational exhibit planning, booklet design and implementation.

past experience

Madawaska Valley We Are Experiential Tourism.

Recreational Geology, Madawaska Valley Rocks exhibit and tourism product.

There’s Art in Your Woodpile, creative woodstacking competition.

Archaeology and Immigration in the Madawaska Valley Exhibition.

Eat Your Art Out, OV-CAOS fundraising event.


What our clients say…

“Anya and Beth brought a very professional and collaborative approach to developing the Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village’s strategic plan. In meeting with museum stakeholders they brought an independent, unbiased perspective. They were able to compile and bring in all of the recommendations from museum stakeholders, staff and volunteers into the plan in a very effective way that will allow the museum to work toward a future of sustainability and growth. The final planning documents were also laid out in a professional, well-presented manner. We would not hesitate to work with them again. Thank you Placemaking Design.”
Angela Siebarth, Director/Curator, B.Sc. M.M.C.
Champlain Trail Museum and Pioneer Village, Pembroke, Ontario

“Placing art or creative experiences in places of everyday life not only enhances people’s day-to-day routines but also provides inspiration and pleasure in spontaneous ways.”
Tanya Lyons, Killaloe, Ontario
Featured Artist at Madawaska Coffee

“I have only good things to say! Madawaska Coffee is such a nice space, and I’m really happy that I could have my work there. Getting ready for it was also pretty easy thanks to your help. I got to do what I love to do (make products, talk to people about said products), without worrying about advertising, arranging things with the venue, and generally all the stuff that gets those products sold.”
Lucas, MaLu Woodworks, Brudenell, Ontario
Featured Artist at Madawaska Coffee

“It looks great in there and I am so pleased with how sales are going thus far!”
Ketha Newman, Maynooth, Ontario
Featured Artist at Madawaska Coffee

“Thank you so very much for giving me a chance to display my paintings in Barry’s Bay. I am very happy with the whole experience, you run a very professional and well organised outfit.”
Aliya Ebrahim, Deep River, Ontario
Featured Artist at Madawaska Coffee