Center for Creative Placemaking to hold Workshop Oct. 8




BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – The Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College will hold an innovative one-day workshop on Oct. 8 titled “Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals”, Center President Suzanne Ishee announced today.

“Realtors are critical to local development efforts, and have the ability to influence significant investment action in their communities,” said Ishee. “This program is for professionals interested in the field or who are already engaged in Creative Placemaking work, and will help them to further create positive change in their respective areas.”

A unique offering in the expanding method of community development, the program will feature an overview of Creative Placemaking and its effectiveness in achieving sustainable growth, community vibrancy and social equity. Participants will learn ways to utilize their skills and resources to exert influence in community planning, and how to analyze neighborhood, municipality, regional and national data to inform Creative Placemaking planning and market the discipline’s message.

Creative Placemaking joins local stakeholders, artists and cultural workers to foster the collaborative development of vibrant spaces. Becoming increasingly popular in New Jersey communities, Creative Places provide sustainable and improved quality of life for business and residents.

“By engaging in this workshop, a real estate professional can be recognized as a leader in increasing the value of properties and improving the quality of life in their communities,” said program developer and Center Vice President Stuart Koperweis, one of the state’s top voices on economic development. “The Creative Placemaking planning workshops will give professionals the tools they need in order to be seen as both an expert and practitioner in engaging in Creative Placemaking.”

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room 205 of the Bloomfield College Library, located at the corner of Liberty Street and Oakland Avenue in Bloomfield, N.J. For more information and to register for the event, please visit

About the Center for Creative Placemaking
The Center for Creative Placemaking (CCP) provides expertise on how to utilize the arts and culture as tools for community, social and economic development. In partnership with Bloomfield College, CCP advances knowledge and applied practice of creative placemaking.

About Bloomfield College
A diverse institution in Bloomfield, N.J. that features 1,950 students, Bloomfield College has been named among the best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 “Best Colleges” rankings. Offering over 60 majors and concentrations in seven academic divisions, the institution will break ground on a new state-of-the-art home for its award-winning Division of Creative Arts & Technology in March 2015.


Announcing a New Course: Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals

Creative Placemaking is emerging as one of the most comprehensive and vital approaches to local development.   In partnership with community stakeholders, artists and cultural workers collaborate on planning in order to create places of vibrancy.  Creative places provide sustainable and improved quality of life for its businesses and residents.

The Center for Creative Placemaking at Bloomfield College is pleased to offer a professional training workshop designed for real estate professionals to help them become local leaders for Creative Placemaking Planning.   Realtors are critical to local development efforts and have the ability to influence significant investment action in their communities.   Realtors are uniquely positioned as the local market experts; and real estate developers and property managers are integral to municipalities’ creative placemaking planning and execution.   This program is targeted to professionals who are interested in or are already peripherally engaged in creative placemaking work.

Creative Placemaking Planning training will include a broad overview of what creative placemaking is and why this approach is so effective for sustainable development towards increasing community vibrancy, social equity and economic growth.   This training will help the real estate professional to:

  • Become a leader in helping to increase the value of the properties in their community
  • Become a leader in helping to improve the quality of life in their community
  • Learn how to foster cross-sector dialogue
  • Assemble the players for or become an integral part of an existing creative placemaking team
  • Be seen as both an expert and practitioner in engaging in placemaking

Real estate professionals will learn how to use their skill sets and resources to:

  • Analyze neighborhood, municipality, regional and national data to inform Creative Placemaking community planning.
  • Serve their consumer base which is desirous of living and working in places of quality. Realtors have the special ability to tell a story that creates excitement and action.
  • Apply their expertise in marketing in order to exert significant influence in the market place.

Through this course, we will also examine how to foster important financial, legal, construction, design, and trade relationships, all of which can contribute to a municipality’s success with and sustainability for their creative placemaking projects.

This course was developed by CCP team members who are licensed NJ realtors and have amassed broad based knowledge with both commercial and residential real estate.  In addition, these team members have extensive career practice in the fields of arts and culture as well as economic development.  The cross cultural approach instilled in Bloomfield College ensures that real estate leader trainees recognize the importance of diverse and inclusionary representation in creative placemaking endeavors

Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals

Day-Long Workshop—October 8, 2014 at Bloomfield College Library Room 205 (limited seating)

Registration Opens – August 25, 2014 at

To add your name to our wait list, email

Dodge Foundation’s President writes about Creative Placemaking

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s president, Chris Daggett recently wrote this about creative placemaking in the state:

Arts can bring a community many benefits, from fostering local pride to creating opportunities for recreation or even mitigating cultural or racial tensions.

But the arts can also serve as a powerful economic engine, bringing needed jobs and dollars into communities.


We agree, and we’re glad to support this important work in New Jersey!

(Image courtesy of GlassRoots – a community mosaic made by students in East Orange!)

Join CCP at the Downtown NJ Conference on Sept. 12

2014 Annual Conference, September 12, 2014
“How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!

We are pleased to participate in this year’s Downtown New Jersey, Inc. (DNJ) conference — “How to Get Feet on the Street – in Your Downtown!” focusing on programs, initiatives and creative ways to improve the economic vitality of the downtown retail environment.

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, September 12, 2014 at The Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ from 8 am to 3:30 pm. In addition to the two conference sessions and a special counseling session with Dr. Downtown, we have set aside ample time for attendees to visit our sponsor exhibits.

The special invited luncheon speaker is the Honorable U.S. Senator Cory Booker, who is a recognized national statesman and a huge supporter of downtown growth and economic revitalization. Given the current economy and the highly energized topic of creative placemaking, we believe this year’s event will attract a much larger audience than usual.

DNJ’s annual conference is always a wonderful opportunity to network with public officials, real estate and legal professionals, developers, business and property owners, industry leaders, community volunteers and downtown managers in an informative and dynamic atmosphere.

CCP board members will be speaking and mingling at this conerence — please say hello!

Click here to register for Conference

CCP Begins Pilot of Creative Placemaking Evaluation Tool

CCP Board President Suzanne Ishee interviews Gerry Scharfenburger, Mayor of Middletown.
CCP’s Board President Suzanne Ishee interviews Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger as CCP begins pilot with MOCO.

The Center for Creative Placemaking has engaged with the Monmouth County Arts Corridor Partnership (MOCO) to assist in the development of a new tool to measure the impact of Creative Placemaking in communities.

Under the leadership of Dr. Marion Terenzio, Vice President of Bloomfield College and CCP board member and Dr. Patricia O’Connor, Director of The Center for Community-based Evaluations at The Sage College, Phase I of the pilot has begun with members of the CCP team conducting interviews with a number of the MOCO partners. The next 2 phases of the pilot will take place in August and September.