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Artists Define Creative Placemaking

A planning colleague recently posted a question asking if anyone else was encountering some confusion between the concept of placemaking and its distinction from Creative Placemaking.  Because of this very issue, the Board at Center for Creative Placemaking (CCP) has spent the better part of five years, three of which as the former Arts Builds Community Board at Rutgers University, in making a CASE for creative placemaking in New Jersey.  The CCP team has spent countless hours discussing how to bring the merits and values of our CASE (Community Development, Arts, Social Equity, and Economic Development) to the communities, organizations, and leaders that could benefit from this approach.  Getting our message out has been a labor of passion and determination that began long before CCP’s inception.  The team’s transition from ABC to CCP has opened many more possibilities for the practice of Creative Placemaking to take hold in the state, expanding the work we began as ABC by placing a stronger emphasis on issues of social equity and the role of the artist as benefactors and leaders in the creative placemaking movement.

Our distinct approach has been validated twofold in recent weeks.  The first was the success of the CCP Forum for Professional Artists and Graduate Art and Design students facilitated by NJIT on April 13, 2015.  At this event, CCP trained artists led concurrent peer to peer learning sessions that engaged other artists in a discussion about how their unique skill sets can be applied to Creative Placemaking practices.  After the peer to peer lessons concluded, all attendees reconvened to learn about incorporating concepts and principles of Creative Placemaking into transit oriented development.  This discussion was led by Colette Santasieri, PhD., Director of Strategic Initiatives, NJ Innovation Institute/ NJ Institute of Technology.  The evening ended with an open forum for questions and answers.  CCP intends to follow-up with attendees through a survey that will help our organization evaluate the effectiveness of the training as well as advance further dialogue with these key community stakeholders.

The second validation came in the form of a New York Times article published on April 28, 2015 entitled, “Council Set to Create a Cultural Plan for New York City.”   The article goes on to describe how New York City is joining other major metropolitan US cities such as Chicago, Houston, and Denver in creating its first comprehensive cultural plan.  The City Council voted 49 to 0 on the measure, and the new plan will be used to assess cultural accessibility in neighborhoods and, “study the condition of arts organizations and artist, and plan how the city will remain artist-friendly…”   The plan will include outreach in the five borough to arts groups to help identify their needs and incorporate them into a plan.  As stated in the Times, the plan will study arts education, incorporate culture into community and economic development.

Although others may see only the need to bring planners, community organizers, developers, government officials and residents to the table, CCP continues to advocate for the inclusion of artists in all Creative Placemaking endeavors.  CCP is redirecting the conversation about the role of artists in Creative Placemaking as voice for, and the recipients of social equity in the process.  This principle, in and of itself, distinguishes Creative Placemaking from placemaking.  The creative dividend sought by communities undertaking Creative Placemaking activities can never fully be reached without the continual inclusion and presence of artists.

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On target!

The Center will be offering a workshop on Community Building through Storytelling later this spring!  How did we know we were ahead of the trend!

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Calling Professional Artists and Graduate Students Majoring in Arts or Design!!

Do you have what it takes to be a Creative Placemaker?

Want to learn more about what Creative Placemaking is and what it takes to be the Artist Leader in your community?

Hosted by Rutgers University-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology Theatre program, the Center for Creative Placemaking will present a 3-hour broad look at this new opportunity field for professional artists from all disciplines and graduate arts and design majors.

We’ll talk about artists engaging in a civic capacity, deliberative culture, becoming an agent of change for sustainable community growth. We’ll look at ways you can create new avenues for your art as well as a possible new professional pathway for you through social-centric entrepreneurship!

Artists Forum Event Detail

Join the CCP team and a group of your NJ professional artist colleagues with whom we’ve been exploring all of this for an evening that is sure to stretch your mind, set the wheels turning and open up a new world of possibilities for you!

Creative Placemaker Artists Forum

CCP leads panel discussion at upcoming NJ Future Redevelopment Forum

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CCP is honored to have been invited to put together a panel for NJ Future’s annual Redevelopment Forum.
City of Orange Mayor Dwayne Warren and Morris Arts’ Director of Community Engagement, Kadie Dempsey, will join CCP’s Joe Barris and Suzanne Ishee  to discuss “How to Harness the Creative Energy in Your Community.” Director of Arts Programs for the Dodge Foundation, Sharnita Johnson, will serve as moderator.
Forum attendees include state and municipal officials, planners, real estate professionals and redevelopment practitioners, designers, bankers, funders, sustainability experts, cultural leaders, community development officials, chamber members and more!
There is still time to register for this dynamic annual event!

NJ Gold Coast Summit, Jersey City – March 5, 2015

Join Center for Creative Placemaking’s VP Stuart Koperweis in Jersey City on March 5:

Morning Keynote: The Future of Jersey City: The City’s Vision for Development and Economic Growth

Hear From: Marcos D. Vigil, Deputy Mayor, City of Jersey City

Interview with: Stuart Koperweis, Vice President, Center for Creative Placemaking and Millennium Strategies, LLC

Discussion Points:
* How will Jersey City’s economy benefit from a re-surging Downtown Manhattan?
* What are the factors driving economic growth in Jersey City?
* What is the current Jersey City administration’s vision of new development and re-positioning of assets?
* How are the arts connecting commercial real estate development/redevelopment and housing?
* What are the unique public-private JVs underway in support of this?

See the full agenda and register here!

 

We’re so glad you came to visit and learn more about Creative Placemaking and our Center.

In fact, over 5,000 of you visited our site since our launch in 2014! We’re looking forward to a fabulous 2015 — join us for the ride!

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Realtors as Creative Placemakers!

CCP’s Suzanne Ishee was invited to contribute as a guest blogger for the National Association of Realtors.

Creative Placemaking?  What in the world does that have to do with me?  My field is real estate, not the arts and culture!   But….on second thought, I’m hearing a lot of talk these days about how the arts are making downtowns more vibrant and attracting more businesses.  And my clients do like to meet their friends in ‘happening’ places.  I keep seeing this ‘Creative Placemaking’ term pop up and it seems to be equated with a lot of positive impact on local economies.  And I know the big buzz word right now is ‘sustainability.’   Better quality of life throughout our neighborhoods?  Happy business people?  Smart growth?  Wait, maybe there is more to this than I first thought.

Read more of what she had to say!