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Why is NOW the right time?

chicken.eggWhat comes first, the chicken or the egg?  In a rapidly growing era of new job creation, one could argue that it is often the chicken which comes first.  At least as far as new job creation in the field of Creative Placemaking, we can make this case.  The term “Creative Placemaking,” coined by former Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts, Rocco Landesman, was used to define a longstanding practice of utilizing the arts and culture to help revitalize communities.    Landesman became the “promoter-in-chief” of Creative Placemaking in 2010 by commissioning Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa to write a white paper for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design.  The paper defined the term and was a seminal work in making a strong case for adoption of the practice.

According to the authors of the paper, “Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire, and be inspired.”   Landesman wisely set forth to create a funding mechanism for the practice separate from dependence on federal funding.  Instead, he brought together the leading executives from a dozen foundations   Kresge, Surdna, Mellon, Irvine, Knight, McKnight, Bloomberg and others – to partner in this pioneering work.  Luis Ubiñas of the Ford Foundation was the first chair to drive the collaboration, resulting in the creation of  ArtPlace America.

From our nation’s largest urban centers to the most quaint hamlets, in these relatively short eight years, the scope and practice of Creative Placemaking has grown faster and, I imagine, far beyond what even the early dreamers could have envisioned.  Over the years, as the field has spread across sectors of planning, engineering, technology, health, sustainability, governance, community and economic development, and further, the practice has been redefined and refined.

Professionals from all of these sectors are locally engaged in one or more aspects of their creative community planning primarily through volunteerism, as jobbers or within the capacity of their current job mandates.  Yet their resumes do not reflect recognition of professional expertise in the field.  Perhaps in a CV, one can expand on a description of their experience, but in the format of a resume, one  cannot identify themselves as “Creative Placemaker” without accompanying professional certification.

Why is “now” the right time for an institution of higher education to offer this professional Creative Placemaker certification?  Simply put, recent job openings describe Continue reading Why is NOW the right time?

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Jersey City Cultural Leader: Public Art Specialist, Duda Penteado

After settling in Jersey City from Brazil, Duda Penteado’s story is a very personal one. As a fine artist living in Jersey City during the 9/11 attacks and America in it’s aftermath, Duda made a large body of celebrated works of art reflecting these events. From museum installations to memorials made of actual steel from the Twin Towers, his art looks at this difficult piece of history through the eye of someone who experienced it from a very close distance. Learn about his process and why Jersey City is his home.

Artists Define Creative Placemaking

A planning colleague recently posted a question asking if anyone else was encountering some confusion between the concept of placemaking and its distinction from Creative Placemaking.  Because of this very issue, the Board at Center for Creative Placemaking (CCP) has spent the better part of five years, three of which as the former Arts Builds Community Board at Rutgers University, in making a CASE for creative placemaking in New Jersey.  The CCP team has spent countless hours discussing how to bring the merits and values of our CASE (Community Development, Arts, Social Equity, and Economic Development) to the communities, organizations, and leaders that could benefit from this approach.  Getting our message out has been a labor of passion and determination that began long before CCP’s inception.  The team’s transition from ABC to CCP has opened many more possibilities for the practice of Creative Placemaking to take hold in the state, expanding the work we began as ABC by placing a stronger emphasis on issues of social equity and the role of the artist as benefactors and leaders in the creative placemaking movement.

Our distinct approach has been validated twofold in recent weeks.  The first was the success of the CCP Forum for Professional Artists and Graduate Art and Design students facilitated by NJIT on April 13, 2015.  At this event, CCP trained artists led concurrent peer to peer learning sessions that engaged other artists in a discussion about how their unique skill sets can be applied to Creative Placemaking practices.  After the peer to peer lessons concluded, all attendees reconvened to learn about incorporating concepts and principles of Creative Placemaking into transit oriented development.  This discussion was led by Colette Santasieri, PhD., Director of Strategic Initiatives, NJ Innovation Institute/ NJ Institute of Technology.  The evening ended with an open forum for questions and answers.  CCP intends to follow-up with attendees through a survey that will help our organization evaluate the effectiveness of the training as well as advance further dialogue with these key community stakeholders.

The second validation came in the form of a New York Times article published on April 28, 2015 entitled, “Council Set to Create a Cultural Plan for New York City.”   The article goes on to describe how New York City is joining other major metropolitan US cities such as Chicago, Houston, and Denver in creating its first comprehensive cultural plan.  The City Council voted 49 to 0 on the measure, and the new plan will be used to assess cultural accessibility in neighborhoods and, “study the condition of arts organizations and artist, and plan how the city will remain artist-friendly…”   The plan will include outreach in the five borough to arts groups to help identify their needs and incorporate them into a plan.  As stated in the Times, the plan will study arts education, incorporate culture into community and economic development.

Although others may see only the need to bring planners, community organizers, developers, government officials and residents to the table, CCP continues to advocate for the inclusion of artists in all Creative Placemaking endeavors.  CCP is redirecting the conversation about the role of artists in Creative Placemaking as voice for, and the recipients of social equity in the process.  This principle, in and of itself, distinguishes Creative Placemaking from placemaking.  The creative dividend sought by communities undertaking Creative Placemaking activities can never fully be reached without the continual inclusion and presence of artists.

Creative Placemaking Planning for Real Estate Professionals II

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EST)
Bloomfield College Library
Room 205
80-86 Oakland Ave.
Bloomfield, NJ 07003

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BACK BY DEMAND! HOURS EXTENDED FOR ADDITIONAL CONTENT!

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. Real Estate Professionals 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.

We hope you can make it!

Cheers,
Center for Creative Placemaking

Center for Creative Placemaking to hold Workshop Oct. 8

CENTER FOR CREATIVE PLACEMAKING TO HOLD WORKSHOP OCT. 8

ONE-DAY EVENT TO BE HELD ON BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE CAMPUS

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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 centerforcreativeplacemaking.net.

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.