Category Archives: News from the Field

How’s the job market for Creative Placemakers?

In a quick check-in yesterday on one of the popular job search sites; I noted that there were 43 job openings for those with knowledge, skills and experience in Creative Placemaking.  Now 43 job openings on a particular day may not seem like much of a statistic to support the contention that the Creative Placemaking field of practice is growing, however, I conducted this same quick check-in exactly a year ago.  At that time, there were only 4 such job openings.  Viewed this way, it’s a 975% increase in a year’s time!

Furthermore, I was impressed by the multiple professional sectors which sought Creative Placemakers.  Look at how diverse these job titles are:  Senior interior designer and space planner; Landscape Architecture designer; Neighborhood Organizer; Environmental Manager; Regional Planner; VP of Real Estate and Community Development; Experiential Designer; Corridor Revitalization Coordinator; Parks Program Director; Community Arts Manager; Project Designer; Court Coordinator of Placemaking and Workforce Development; Smart World Coordinator; Senior Urban Planner; Economic and Demographic Analyst; Transportation Coordinator;  Assistant Director; Housing & Local Planning; Assistant Professor in Community Development Planning; Senior Land Use Planner; Studio Director; Urban Design and Planning Project Associate; Strategic Initiatives Advisor; Director of Experience; Assistant Director for Arts Programming; Events Director; Program Manager – Cool Schools Community Parks; Foundation Program Officer; Development and Communications Manager; Community Arts Intern; Community Coordinator VISTA.

None of this is likely to be surprising information for those of us who are practitioners in the field.  However, it is supportive statistical proof that there is a growing desire for professionals educated in the field as well as a growing recognition among increasing sectors of the value of Creative Placemaking professionals.

 

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Creating Healthy Communities

 

The white paper has been published!

For the past 2 years, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine through the support of ArtPlace America and the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation has been engaged in a Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative.  The results of that outstanding effort are put forth in a the newly published white paper.

Aligned with my work at NJIT, I was privileged to be invited to participate in the first working group convening at the University of Cincinnati in June, 2018.  ArtPlace America and UFCAM brought together leaders and academicians from public and private institutions, organizations, and agencies for 2 days of stimulative conversation, sharing, deliberation and planning.  (If you are interested in my short presentation highlighting a meaningful project which addressed the lead in water crisis in Flint, MI please request here.  This outstanding example of cooperation through a rich cross state/artists/municipality/technology collaboration resulted in awareness-raising, advocacy and local small business support).

From the authors of the white paper:

The Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration white paper presents the views of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors who were convened in working groups in 2018 and 2019. Their voices are joined by over 500 participants in a national field survey and focus groups, and are supported by findings of a scoping review of arts + public health literature.

With the public health sector as a primary intended audience, the Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration white paper frames the value of the arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities. It offers examples and recommendations for expanding cross-sector collaboration and innovation, with the following goals:

  • Advance collaboration among those working at the intersections of art and culture, public health, and community development
  • Stimulate upstream interventions—aimed at systems, cultures, and policies—that reduce barriers to health and well-being
  • Assert the value of arts and culture for increasing health, wellbeing, and equity in communities
  • Foster transformative social change that advances health and wellbeing

This paper is also intended to offer value and guidance to community development, arts and culture, and other allied health sectors by providing examples of impactful cross-sector collaborations that engage arts and culture to address five critical public health issues: collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease. These concrete examples inform the paper’s recommendations and call to action, which assert the value of the arts and culture for community health transformation, and for advancing the culture of health being envisioned today.

Download the Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-Sector Collaboration white paper here.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

“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.