Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NCCP partners offer discounted tickets to Leadership Summit

By Leonardo Vazquez

Organizations that are partnering with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking to promote the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit 2016 are offering a limited number of discounted tickets to their members and constituents.

If you are a member or are otherwise connected with these organizations, please contact them or check their newsletter or social media to learn about getting up to $25 off the registration.

Up to 10 grantees of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation can get a free ticket to the summit.  Please contact your program officer for more information.

Questions?  Please contact Leonardo Vazquez, NCCP Executive Director, by email or at 973-763-6352

Monday, February 8, 2016

More sessions and speakers announced for Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

Whether your interest is in physical development, the arts, public policy, or economic development, you can get a lot out of the 2016 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit.

The program, March 18 in downtown Newark, NJ, offers a variety of workshops for many different interests. We have great speakers too, including Jamie Bennett, the Executive Director of ArtPlace America, one of the nation's largest funders of creative placemaking.  You'll also learn from experts from many different fields.  You would be joining key influencers from a variety of organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Local Initiative Support Corporation, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, state arts organizations and more.


cpsummit imageIf you're expecting the Leadership Summit to be a traditional sitting-around-and-hearing-other-people-talk conference -- well, sorry, you'll be pleasantly surprised.


At the Summit you'll get plenty
of opportunities to share your thoughts. Our breakout sessions are training workshops, and we promise to go easy on the slide presentations.

At The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking -- which is producing the Leadership Summit -- we only make events that we would want to attend ourselves.

Here are some of the sessions and session leaders.  To learn more, visit the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit.

Doing well and doing good: the Newark story
Speakers: Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers – Newark, Newark, NJ;    John Schreiber, CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ;   Ommeed Sathe, Vice President, Impact Investments, Prudential Financial, Newark, NJ;: Tom Dallessio, CEO & Publisher, Next City, Philadelphia, PA

Leading creative placemaking conversations
Workshop leader:  Anne L’Ecuyer, Project Director, Art Lives Here, Gateway Arts District, Prince George’s County, MD

Incorporating arts into development projects
Workshop leader: Leland Edgecombe, Principal, The Edgecombe Group, Hyattsville, MD

Creative community building tools:  Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture Actio
Winnie Fatton, Project Manager, Sustainable Jersey, Ewing, NJ

Market analysis for arts-related uses
Workshop leaders: Deborah Brett, Principal, Deborah Brett and Associates, Plainsboro, NJ;
TBD, DataArts, Philadelphia, PA; Steven A. Wolff, Principal, AMS Planning & Research, Southport, CT

Equity success stories: Lessons from NEA Our Town
Jennifer Hughes, Design Specialist | Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC

Doing creative placemaking:  A role-playing exercise
Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Union, NJ

Early registration ends March 1.  Learn more or register

Creative placemaking plan developed by NCCP wins statewide award

By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

The field of urban planning is recognizing creative placemaking and Community Coaching.

Creative Perth Amboy, a plan for the New Jersey city developed by The National Consortium for
Perth Amboy Creative Team members create their plan
(Photo courtesy: Noelle Jimenez Zaleski)
Creative Placemaking, got the 2016 Outstanding Plan - Municipal award from the American Planning Association New Jersey chapter.  The award was given to the City of Perth Amboy at the NJAPA's conference on Friday, January 29.

Creative Perth Amboy seeks to enhance the downtown and waterfront areas and revitalize the working-class Gateway neighborhood through arts and culture.  Connecting both community prosperity and social equity, the plan aims to bring more resources to the city through cultural tourism and help residents and local artists benefit from the new opportunities they bring.

The plan was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program, the New Jersey Recovery Fund (a collaborative initiative of several New Jersey foundations) and the City of Perth Amboy.   The City partnered with the Jewish Renaissance Foundation in developing the plan.

Besides the document, the planning process has led to a catalog of properties that could be suitable for arts-related uses, a new Perth Amboy Arts Council, and a new festival in May that highlighted the city's waterfront and local artists.  The catalog was developed by Nishuane Group, an NCCP partner.

The plan was developed through Community Coaching, a planning model created by NCCP to help build plans and the stewardship to turn those ideas into action.  For about a year, a team of about 20 to 30 Perth Amboy residents and other stakeholders met every three to four weeks to explore social, economic and cultural issues in the city -- and how arts and culture could address those issues.  Team members met with other stakeholders in the city and held public dialogues.  Among those actively participating in this effort were City Council President Lisa Nanton (pictured above, standing at left) and city planners Leigh Anne Hindenlang and Andrew Toth.  NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez, along with former Program Associate Denisse Ortiz, coached the team and packaged their ideas into a robust, comprehensive plan.

To get a copy of the plan, please contact Perth Amboy Director for the Office of Community and Economic Development Leigh Ann Hindenlang by email or at 732-826-0290 ext 4028

For more information about the plan or about Community Coaching, please contact NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez at leo@artsbuildcommunities.com or at 973-763-6352

Friday, January 15, 2016

Information sessions for Certification in Creative Placemaking program begin in February

By Leonardo Vazquez

Information sessions are a great way to learn more about the Certification in Creative Placemaking program offered by The Ohio State University and NCCP.  In these videoconference sessions, you can learn from and talk with the designer and Program Director.  You can also meet program faculty and current students or graduates.


Join any information session free:
  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016  6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
  • Wednesday, March 16, 2016      6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016          6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016         6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2016           6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2016          6 to 7 pm eastern     Register
If you're unable to make any of these sessions, please contact Program Director Leonardo Vazquez by email or at 973-763-6352.

The Certification program is a unique program that helps you build mastery in a fast-growing field that connects arts, urban planning and public policy.  Through this program you can:
  • Build your knowledge and skills in community development, economic development, strategic analysis, team building, site planning, destination marketing, and interpersonal leadership.
  • Learn from expert and experienced professionals who teach the courses, as well as from the artists, urban planners, nonprofit leaders and others you will  engage with in class.  Your classmates may be nearby, or from halfway around the world.
  • Develop real strategies for a real community of your choice.
  • Demonstrate to clients, colleagues, supervisors and potential employers that you have a deep understanding of this field.  Anyone can say they are familiar with creative placemaking.  With a Certification in Creative Placemaking, you show that you know. 
Only 30 seats are available for this 2016-2017 program.  You can reserve your seat with a $100 deposit. If you think you might join the program this year, please join us for the next information session.




Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Registration open for 2016 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit

By Leonardo Vazquez

Whether you're an artist, developer, urban planner or elected official, if you work to make communities better through the arts, you are a creative placemaker. On March 18, 2016, you can join your fellow placemakers for a day of learning and knowledge sharing.  Learn how creative placemaking can help communities do good and do well.

Registration is now open for the 2016 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, at Rutgers
University in Newark, NJ. Hear from keynote speaker Jamie Bennett, Executive Director of ArtPlace America, the largest consortium of funders in the creative placemaking field. Learn how the arts in downtown Newark are enhancing economic development and providing new opportunities for residents.  Build your skills through training sessions designed for arts professionals, public officials and design professionals, and developers.

Register by March 1 and save $25 on registration.

It’s informative and enjoyable.  You can learn a lot, and meet other people like you who want to engage the power of arts and culture to enhance communities.  You can also meet people from different fields or areas who can help inspire you and help you be more creative.  You can share what you’ve learned.

The Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit is one of the largest gatherings of people involved in the intersection of arts, culture, community improvement, and local economic development.  In 2014, it attracted more than 250 people.  They included public and elected officials, leaders of community based organizations, developers, urban planners, and leaders of cultural organizations and, of course, artists.

The Leadership Summit is produced by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking in partnership with Next City, PlanSmart NJ, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation and other organizations.  It is supported in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. 

For more information, please contact NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez by email or at 973-763-6352.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Webinars help you learn about creative placemaking and support others who want to

By Leonardo Vazquez

You are welcome to join an upcoming creative placemaking webinar for free.  But a small donation of $20 (or whatever is personally meaningful to you) can help support the Certification in Creative Placemaking program.  This will help reduce costs for those who want to excel in this growing field that connects arts, culture and public affairs.

There are six webinars scheduled for 2016:

  • March 8, 2 to 3 pm eastern. The rise of freelance artists: implications for urban planning and design.  Learn more or register.
  • April 12, 2 to 3 pm eastern. Cultural districts and cultural institutions: suns or black holes?  Learn more or register. 

Now it's easier to reserve a seat for the 2016 Certification in Creative Placemaking program

By Leonardo Vazquez

If you're interested in the 2016 Certification in Creative Placemaking program, but need more time to cover the tuition, there's good news.

You can now reserve one of the 20 seats available with a $100 deposit.  And, you will be able to pay tuition in three installments, from August 2016 to February 2017.  Learn more about registering for the program.

Applications to the program will be taken on a first come-first served basis.  We don't require any tests to get into the program; we do expect enthusiasm and a desire to learn this craft at a deeper level.  Anyone with interest or experience in the intersection of arts, culture and public affairs is encouraged to apply.

amira lecturing
2015 program graduate Amira Badran sharing
ideas at the Knowledge Exchange
This unique and convenient program provides one of the richest and most holistic learning experiences in the growing field of creative placemaking.  Over a 10-month period, students build their knowledge and skills in:

  • Community development
  • Local economic development
  • Cost-effective analysis
  • Team building and community engagement
  • Site planning
  • Destination marketing and development
  • Entrepreneurial leadership 
Students also develop a capstone project that shows their mastery of creative placemaking, and are invited to present their ideas at the annual Creative Placemaking Knowledge Exchange in late June. 

We will provide monthly information sessions beginning in February. If you have questions before then, please contact the program's Academic Director, Leonardo Vazquez by email or at 973-763-6352

The Certification in Creative Placemaking program is jointly produced by a partnership between the City and Regional Planning program of The Ohio State University's Austin Knowlton School of Architecture and The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.