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.
President and Board Chair, Suzanne Ishee, will lead a webinar on the Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture creative placemaking action steps on April 24 from 1-2. There are currently 409 New Jersey municipalities who participate in Sustainable Jersey’s certification program, and there are 173 actions from which towns can choose as they work toward certification. The Arts and Creative Culture actions are relatively new to the program and during the webinar, the steps to complete these actions will be reviewed. We will elaborate on why the creative placemaking approach is such a powerful planning model for social and economic development.
Suzanne has invited two guests to join her who will discuss very different scenarios to the creative placemaking activities which are taking place in their communities. Mary Eileen Fouratt, Executive Director of the Monmouth County Arts Council, will talk about the dynamic public private partnership, the MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership, and how it is able to leverage assets and bring people from across sectors together to help arts and creativity thrive, diversify local economies and enhance quality of life and social opportunity in the coastal and bayshore region along NJ Transit’s North Jersey Coast line and the Garden State Parkway.
Vicki Gaudier, Chair of the Bordentown Creative Team will address the processes, challenges and outcomes in establishing a Creative Team for the City of Bordentown. She will speak about ways to find people who are willing to work and actively participate in developing a Creative Assets Inventory and their anticipation that the inventory will provide a resource to assist with social and economic development in this small Burlington County town.
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Join us on April 7 at 10 AM for Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting where CCP President and Chair, Suzanne Ishee moderates a seminar on “Leveraging Your Arts and Historical Assets to Attract More Visitors and Attention.” Panelists will include, Joseph Barris, Assistant Director of Planning for Monmouth County and CCP Founding Board Member, Jim Hickey, Jersey Shore CVB and Chairman of the MOCO Arts Partnership and Paul Hart, Executive Director of the Tuckerton Seaport.