Category Archives: News from the Field

Spotlight on NJ’s Creative Placemakers

We are so proud of the exciting work that our Certified Creative Placemakers have been doing since their NJIT graduation in February that we have decided to share details about them with you!

Over the next few weeks, we will  put a spotlight on these change makers.  We will focus our lens on one of our graduates so that you can have a look at the individual ways their  local leadership integrates arts and culture into community, social and economic development planning and implementation activities.

Meet Tamara Contreras!

Tamara is leading organization of her community in Franklin Borough, Sussex County as  neighbors begin to undertake the revitalization of their historic downtown.  She is also helping to foster community pride through education and celebration of the borough’s rich history and many existing assets.  Her efforts are supported by the North Jersey Health Collaborative.

(Be sure to also click on a second video to enjoy more details about Tamara’s work with ‘Forward Franklin’!)

If you are interested in learning more about our upcoming class or for registration, click here.  For further questions, contact us!

 

 

 

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“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.

Registration Open for the Exciting Jersey City Summit

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Dear Summiteers:

Of course you are… or would like to be.   There is a wonderful host of companies and individuals gathered to present at the upcoming JCS on Economic Development, Placemaking and Innovation… Will you be there?

In reviewing the schedule and program,  you will see there is a special emphasis regarding STEAM, ARTS, Economic Development, SID and Creative Culture, and not to mention Place-Based Transportation and more.

Please take the time to scroll through the details… enjoy and register.

New Cultural Economy resource available.

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Yesterday, the Monmouth County Division of Planning released a new report on the status of the cultural economy in the county and beyond.  “Measuring Monmouth County’s Creative Economy” features data on economic impact of the cultural sector and detailed examination of the cultural employee base.  The study team Continue reading New Cultural Economy resource available.

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!