Dodge Foundation’s President writes about Creative Placemaking

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!)

Join CCP at the Downtown NJ Conference on Sept. 12

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!

Click here to register for Conference

CCP Begins Pilot of Creative Placemaking Evaluation Tool

CCP Board President Suzanne Ishee interviews Gerry Scharfenburger, Mayor of Middletown.
CCP’s Board President Suzanne Ishee interviews Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger as CCP begins pilot with MOCO.


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.

CCP Team Leaders to Present in Dublin

The Center for Creative Placemaking is implementing a multi-stage process to infuse evaluation into Creative Placemaking projects across New Jersey.  The team leaders of our process have been invited to present at The 11th  European Evaluation Society (EES) Conference in  Dublin.   “Infusing Evaluation into Arts Programs: An Example from the U.S.A.” is authored by:  Marion Terenzio, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bloomfield College, New Jersey USA and Patricia O’Connor, PhD, Professor of Psychology, The Sage Colleges, New York USA. 

Creative Placemaking is a strategy to involve a wide range of artists, municipalities and community members creating and participating in arts-based projects and collaborations to improve the quality of community (and individual) life. Although Creative Placemaking efforts have beenunderway and there is general, almost expected acceptance that they are worthwhile, it has been difficult to coordinate and implement systematic efforts to evaluate these projects or collaborations, and thus resulting in a dearth of meaningful and credible measurable outcomes.

The process begins with the collection of Most Significant Change (www.mande.co.uk) stories. These stories will serve as the basis for identifying existing but not yet fully articulated objectives, through the MSC for Creative Placemaking process of review and discussion by those involved. We expect program developers and program participants will be engaged in the MSC for Creative Placemaking process. The clarification of objectives, for programs and projects, will lead to the development of measurable outcomes. Appropriate quantitative and qualitative strategies will be used to assess those outcomes. MSC for Creative Placemaking will become part of the ongoing review and clarification process. This session will describe critical points that support and inhibit successful infusion of evaluation into arts-based projects.

Find a beautifu…

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
– Maya Angelou


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