Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.
– Maya Angelou
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: http://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/nrtc.html
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:
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.
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.
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
Location: Greenbaum Rowe Smith Davis
99 Wood St., Iselin, NJ 08030 (732) 549-5600
More info: DNJ–CCP FlyerMarch2014