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!
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 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
Earlier this week, Bloomfield College President Richard Levao and Vice President Marion Terenzio, along with CCP President Suzanne Ishee, enjoyed a visit from the Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Ana Montero. The college grounds are in full bloom and Commissioner Montero very much enjoyed a campus tour given by immediate past Student Government President, Roydon Pellew.
Conversation with the commissioner was lively and productive and included talk of CCP’s training program, case study project and impact evaluation tool. As a result of this initial conversation, the CCP team anticipates building a productive and collaborative relationship with the DCA. Talks are already underway regarding our next steps.
In addition, discussions centered around the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit. This excellent incentive is already being utilized in 15 municipalities across New Jersey. For more information on the NRTC and other funding and assistance resources, visit: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/nrtc.html