The Center for Creative Placemaking is undertaking a series of case studies of communities across our state. We are beginning with several which are early adopters, undertaking the “Arts and Creative Culture action steps” of Sustainable Jersey. We will spotlight these towns as they begin this work and check in with them on occasion to see what kind of impacts the Creative Placemaking approach is having on their community.
Creative Placemaking is emerging as one of the most comprehensive and vital approaches to local development. In partnership with community stakeholders, artists and cultural workers collaborate on planning in order to create places of vibrancy. Creative places provide sustainable and improved quality of life for its businesses and residents.
The Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College is pleased to offer a professional training workshop designed for real estate professionals to help them become local leaders for Creative Placemaking Planning. Realtors are critical to local development efforts and have the ability to influence significant investment action in their communities. Realtors are uniquely positioned as the local market experts; and real estate developers and property managers are integral to municipalities’ creative placemaking planning and execution. This program is targeted to professionals who are interested in or are already peripherally engaged in creative placemaking work.
Creative Placemaking Planning training will include a broad overview of what creative placemaking is and why this approach is so effective for sustainable development towards increasing community vibrancy, social equity and economic growth. This training will help the real estate professional to:
- Become a leader in helping to increase the value of the properties in their community
- Become a leader in helping to improve the quality of life in their community
- Learn how to foster cross-sector dialogue
- Assemble the players for or become an integral part of an existing creative placemaking team
- Be seen as both an expert and practitioner in engaging in placemaking
Real estate professionals will learn how to use their skill sets and resources to:
- Analyze neighborhood, municipality, regional and national data to inform Creative Placemaking community planning.
- Serve their consumer base which is desirous of living and working in places of quality. Realtors have the special ability to tell a story that creates excitement and action.
- Apply their expertise in marketing in order to exert significant influence in the market place.
Through this course, we will also examine how to foster important financial, legal, construction, design, and trade relationships, all of which can contribute to a municipality’s success with and sustainability for their creative placemaking projects.
This course was developed by CCP team members who are licensed NJ realtors and have amassed broad based knowledge with both commercial and residential real estate. In addition, these team members have extensive career practice in the fields of arts and culture as well as economic development. The cross cultural approach instilled in Bloomfield College ensures that real estate leader trainees recognize the importance of diverse and inclusionary representation in creative placemaking endeavors
Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals
Day-Long Workshop—October 8, 2014 at Bloomfield College Library Room 205 (limited seating)
Registration Opens – August 25, 2014 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-placemaking-planning-for-real-estate-professionals-tickets-12783970199
To add your name to our wait list, email Suzanne@centerforcreativeplacemaking.com
The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s president, Chris Daggett recently wrote this about creative placemaking in the state:
Arts can bring a community many benefits, from fostering local pride to creating opportunities for recreation or even mitigating cultural or racial tensions.
But the arts can also serve as a powerful economic engine, bringing needed jobs and dollars into communities.
We agree, and we’re glad to support this important work in New Jersey!
(Image courtesy of GlassRoots – a community mosaic made by students in East Orange!)
2014 Annual Conference, September 12, 2014
“How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!
We are pleased to participate in this year’s Downtown New Jersey, Inc. (DNJ) conference — “How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!” focusing on programs, initiatives and creative ways to improve the economic vitality of the downtown retail environment.
This year’s conference will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ from 8 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to the two conference sessions and a special counseling session with Dr. Downtown, we have set aside ample time for attendees to visit our sponsor exhibits.
The special invited luncheon speaker is the Honorable U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is a recognized national statesman and a huge supporter of downtown growth and economic revitalization. Given the current economy and the highly energized topic of creative placemaking, we believe this year’s event will attract a much larger audience than usual.
DNJ’s annual conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network with public officials, real estate and legal professionals, developers, business and property owners, industry leaders, community volunteers and downtown managers in an informative and dynamic atmosphere.
CCP board members will be speaking and mingling at this conerence — please say hello!
The Center for Creative Placemaking has engaged with the Monmouth County Arts Corridor Partnership (MOCO) to assist in the development of a new tool to measure the impact of Creative Placemaking in communities.
Under the leadership of Dr. Marion Terenzio, Vice President of Bloomfield College and CCP board member and Dr. Patricia O’Connor, Director of The Center for Community-based Evaluations at The Sage College, Phase I of the pilot has begun with members of the CCP team conducting interviews with a number of the MOCO partners. The next 2 phases of the pilot will take place in August and September.
Congratulations to CCP’s Treasurer Barbara Heisler on her appointment as the Executive Director of GlassRoots, a youth-serving arts organization in Newark. Another example of how the arts change communities! Read more here.
MoCo’s latest “Stories of the Corridor” video is hot off the press and is now posted for viewing. This video focuses on the Belmar Arts Train Station Mural Project. MoCo has been using video (images overlayed with narration) to talk about the impact of the arts in Monmouth County. Tell us what you think!