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.
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.
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
The 52ND Session of the Commission for Social Development will host a panel to discuss the Role of Art and Education in the Reduction of Conflict and the Building of Community on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at the United Nations in New York City.
This panel is sponsored by the American Psychological Association in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of El Savador to the United Nations, and features three projects that illustrate the role of art and education in helping reduce conflict and build community in different parts of the world.
Among the distinguished presenters are CCP board members: Dr. Marion Terenzio, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Bloomfield College and Suzanne Ishee, President, Center for Creative Placemaking, Member of Sustainable Jersey’s Arts Task Force
The Center for Creative Placemaking, in collaboration with Bloomfield College, builds communities through “creative place making,” by placing artists and art at the center of community planning. Leveraging the creative potential already present in a place by developing local talent and assets, increases the value of a community and the commitment to it, and convinces people that a place can have a different and better future.
See Details here: UN Event Poster
Bloomfield College, a four-year, private Liberal Arts institution and the Center for Creative Placemaking, Inc. have joined forces to establish the new “Center” for Creative Placemaking (“CCP”) within the College, the organizations announced in a joint statement today. The Center is the lone organization in the field to be officially aligned with a higher education institution in the Garden State.
Creative Placemaking is a holistic approach to the design of systems and spaces utilizing a community’s assets. In partnership with community stakeholders, artists and cultural workers plan and create vibrant spaces that enable intercultural dialogue, sustainable living and innovation resulting in engaging experiences of place.
The Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College will help further strengthen the college’s steadfast commitment to the arts and community development, with the institution’s state-of-the-art, LEED-certified 84,000-square-foot Residence Hall (to be completed in July, 2014) in historic Bloomfield Center set to offer retail space for community businesses that will be open to the public. The Center will be housed on the College’s grounds, and serve as a hub of knowledge and information designed to advance the growing creative medium.
“The Bloomfield College community is highly committed to our ‘public mission’; that is, to providing a quality education which we extend to include contributions to positive societal gains,” Vice President of Academic Affairs Marion Terenzio said. “Our approaches to education, our respect for diverse points of view, and our deep understanding of the value of diverse partnerships that extend the scope of our work result in such exceptional outcomes as our alliance with CCP. This joining of expertise and resources to create sustainable and vibrant settings in which people and communities thrive provides a rich new dimension to our mission.”
Utilizing the institution’s educational and technological resources, the Center will prepare others to employ the applied practice of Creative Placemaking. Programs will include continuing education course offerings in conjunction with the College, as well as informational seminars, conferences and forums on the discipline. The Center will also be a lead organization in research studies that will be conducted on current and future projects throughout the state of New Jersey with community initiatives set to begin in surrounding Essex County, N.J.
“CCP is a dynamic new initiative to advance the emerging field of Creative Placemaking, with our organization positioned to employ academic rigor toward purposefully engaging others to better incorporate the arts and culture in community, social and economic development endeavors,” Center President Suzanne Ishee said. “The cross-sector expertise and rich experience of the CCP team, combined with the purpose-directed administration, profession-centric student population and distinguished faculty of Bloomfield College affords The Center the ability to provide pointed practical analysis and prescriptions for creating vibrant, sustainable communities.”
A diverse institution in Bloomfield, N.J. that features a student body of 2,036 students, Bloomfield College has recently been named among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 “Best Colleges” rankings.
We are so pleased to introduce the Center for Creative Placemaking. The Center’s focus is on enriching the creative life of our communities by elevating all aspects of the visual, performing, literary and applied arts; and further, leveraging the arts and culture to create vibrant places that connect people and projects that help our economies thrive.
We’re in the process of laying the foundation for our work. In our space, we’ll support the emerging creative economy by facilitating “the arts as a place making strategy” dialogue between artists, cultural professionals, civic leaders, entrepreneurs, city government, area non-profits, and local corporations throughout our region.
We’re thrilled to have established an alliance with Bloomfield College. We’re working with faculty and administrative leadership on an array of projects to support the knowledge base and applied practices of creative placemaking.