All posts by Suzanne Ishee

Suzanne is President of the Center for Creative Placemaking and is a career theatre artist. She is multi-award honored theatre practitioner who applies her arts broadly through Creative Placemaking and real estate consulting. She is a member of the Creative Culture Task Force of Sustainable Jersey, the Scenic, Wild Delaware River Geotourism Initiative, co-chair of Together North Jersey's Livable Task Force, Morris Canal Redevelopment Working Group, Actors Equity Association and the Dramatist Guild.

Welcome 2019!

2018 was a year for the Center for Creative Placemaking to make many strides toward our mission of advancing the field of practice of Creative Placemaking.  Through workshops, consulting, leadership and engagement opportunities, we have forged new relationships and are collaborating to see positive results in NJ and the northeast!

Without doubt, the most significant achievement was the launch of the Certificate in Creative Placemaking at NJIT.  Eight dedicated diverse sector professionals from around our state came together 2 nights a week from mid-September through early December to Continue reading Welcome 2019!

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Less than 2 weeks left!

There are less than 2 weeks left to register for your Certificate in Creative Placemaking course of study at NJIT.  The inaugural class of this exciting program is filling quickly and there are only 3 seats left!  Join this intimate class of cross-sector early, mid-career and change career professionals led by an outstanding faculty cohort of Creative Placemaking-related experts. 

Don’t miss your opportunity to achieve your professional Certificate in Creative Placemaking before the end of 2018!  This course will not be offered again
until Fall, 2019. 


For further information contact: 
info@CenterForCreativePlacemaking.com
You may register for the course here before Sept. 10th. 

Is Creative Placemaking a good fit for Opportunity Zone planning?

 

Recently, through approval by the General Assembly and Governor Murphy, 169 census tracts in New Jersey were designated Opportunity Zones (OZs).  The identified OZs are located in municipalities across the state.  These are areas where the state would like to direct growth and that have some market potential to attract the kind of private investments that will help these communities become less distressed over time.

In “The Hill.com,” John Lettieri and Steve Glickman of the Economic Innovation Group opine that Local leadership is key for successful Opportunity Zones

The primary goal of Opportunity Zones is to encourage long-term equity investments in struggling communities, many of which have been excluded from the benefits of the national economic expansion in recent years. The recent stock market boom and prolonged period of record corporate profitability have resulted in a massive stockpile of unrealized capital gains wealth — over $6 trillion in corporate and individual holdings as of the end of 2017, according to our analysis of Federal Reserve data.

Because of Opportunity Zones, investors are now incentivized to reinvest those dollars into capital-starved, low-income communities. And, because investors are exclusively using their own capital without any up-front subsidy, there is no cap on how much capital can be put to work rebuilding communities. It is a nationally scalable incentive.

 

NJ Future recently analyzed existing data for the 169 NJ opportunity zones and found some interesting statistics:

Continue reading Is Creative Placemaking a good fit for Opportunity Zone planning?

Creative Placemaking and Public Health

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New Initiative on Arts and Public Health

Two weeks ago, I was invited on behalf of NJIT and CCP to participate in a gathering for a new 2-year initiative focused on  “Creating Healthy Communities-Arts and Public Health in America.”  This initiative is developed through an alliance between  ArtPlace America and the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine with funding support from The Mellon Foundation.  The initial 2-day workshop took place at the University of Cincinnati through their Office of Research.  It brought together the beginnings of a consortium of thought leaders and stakeholders who work at the intersections of public health, the arts, and Creative Placemaking.

Participants from across sectors joined together for a deeply informative and enriching  two days of sharing and hearing from leaders such as Josh Miller, Ideas Xlab, Matthew Clarke, Director of Creative Placemaking at Trust for Public Land, Captain Moira Continue reading Creative Placemaking and Public Health

Dynamic Additions to the Faculty for the Creative Placemaking Certification Course

The Certificate in Creative Placemaking Faculty is now complete!  We are excited to announce three significant additions to our faculty roster.  Marjorie Perry, Duda Penteado and Chasity Cooper round out the scope of expertise along with our previously announced faculty members to provide the most comprehensive training in the field of Creative Placemaking.

Meet Marjorie, Duda and Chasity and the full roster of NJIT-related faculty for the Certificate in Creative Placemaking.  CP Certificate Faculty

Registration is now open for the Fall course!

Creative Placemaking and Brownfields Redevelopment Bootcamp in New Hampshire

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BROWNFIELDS CREATIVE PLACEMAKING BOOTCAMP

Recap

On Wednesday, April 18th, more than 40 artists, arts administrators, city planners, city councilors and other professionals met for a Creative Placemaking and Brownfields Redevelopment Bootcamp. There was so much to take in, and so many wonderful ideas.

Arts Alive! has always served as a connector to the arts community for ideas and opportunities like this, and, we also possess a good deal of research and data on our region’s creative economy, that we are pleased to share upon request. Just let us know!

Special thanks to representatives from the Center for Creative Placemaking and NJIT’s New Jersey Innovation Institute for an interesting and thorough presentation. A huge thanks to our sponsors: the Southwest Region Planning Commission and Ransom Consulting. Thanks also to Kristin’s Bistro & Bakery and Margaritas of Keene for donations of food.

Arts Alive! also receives operating support through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

“How Many Lives?” documentary project by Duda Penteado

 

We have been asked to inform you of this new project from our teammate, Duda Penteado.  Duda is one of the most respected public/mural arts leaders in New Jersey.  He and his production colleagues are finally ready to launch their documentary, “How Many Lives?” about their mural project expression concerning  gun violence in America.   They have created a kickstarter campaign to raise funds to finish this project.

Duda says that this is one of the most important projects that he has had the privilege of working on throughout his significant creative career.  Over the next 18 days,  he asks that you consider contributing to this effort, share news of this project and help spread the word so that he and his co-producers can meet their goal.