CCP and NJ – Perfect Together

CCP and NJ - Perfect Together
CCP President Suzanne Ishee, Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Ana Montero and immediate past Bloomfield College Student Government President Roydon Pellew.

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:

CCP President Suzanne Ishee, Assistant Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Ana Montero, Bloomfield College President Richard Levao and Vice President Marion Terenzio.

CCP Provides Leadership for Sustainable Jersey Free Webinar on 04/23/14

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.

For further information and to register for this free event, visit:


CCP at Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting 4/7/14

CCP at Monmouth/Ocean Development Council General Meeting 4/7/14

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.

Deadline Approaching for Taking Action on Restoring Arts Funding in NJ

From your CCP Team:

Please help us get the New Jersey state government to restore funding for the arts!

Did you know that state funding for the arts comes from a portion of a dedicated motel/hotel occupancy tax mostly paid by out-of-state tourists?  Did you know that funding for the arts in New Jersey is at its lowest level since 2005?  State revenue has grown through the hard work of arts, history, and tourism businesses to make sure that New Jersey remains a great place to live, work, raise a family, and visit. It’s time to increase funding for arts, history, and tourism to 2005 levels.
 Please go to ArtPride New Jersey’s Arts Action Center today to send an email to your district legislators regarding sponsorship of A2160 and S1133 to RESTORE state funding for art history and tourism. Your email will also be directed to the Assembly leadership, asking them to move A2160 forward in committee.

Click here to send your message and show your support of the arts in New Jersey.ArtPride


Join us at Downtown NJ March 21

Please join us on March 21, 2014  for a presentation by Suzanne Ishee and Marion Terenzio, from the Center for Creative Placemaking, Bloomfield College to Downtown NJ

Creative Placemaking….You’ve heard the buzz, now find out what it is and how it can support the economic development of your community.

  • Learn more about Creative Placemaking and why this approach to planning is a powerful model for sustainable social and economic development.
  • Hear about the dynamic evaluation model in development by CCP,  which can help your community stakeholders make the best decisions about where to focus time, energy and resources for the greatest impact (or the most significant change).
  • See how this process builds on your existing data to demonstrate effective change and goal attainment.

DNJ Board Meeting and Program 

9:00am-10:15 Board meeting

10:15-11:00 Presentation

Location: Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis
99 Wood St., Iselin, NJ 08030 (732) 549-5600

More info: DNJ–CCP FlyerMarch2014

CCP to be part of panel discussion at the United Nations in February

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

Center for Creative Placemaking Announces Launch at Bloomfield College

Bloomfield CollegeOne of the most diverse colleges in the nation is helping to bring the newest form of artistic expression to communities throughout the state of New Jersey.

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.