Creative placemaking can help bring more arts to communities. Arts can return the favor.
Consider this: The New Jersey cities of Perth Amboy and Hackensack have new creative placemaking plans. In May and June 2016, the stewards of these plans brought them to arts festivals to raise awareness, get feedback, and generate interest.
|US Congressman Frank Pallone (standing) reviews the Creative Perth Amboy plan|
at the second annual Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival, May 2016. The plan
and the festival were produced by leaders of the Creative Perth Amboy team, who are
now part of the Perth Amboy Arts Council (another product of the planning effort)
|Volunteers in Hackensack getting feedback on the Creative Hackensack vision plan|
during the CAT Walk art exhibition, June 2016. Not only did this effort get
positive feedback on and ideas for the plan, at least 10 people signed up to get
more involved with the Hackensack Creative Arts Team and the plan
|An exhibit and presentation of Creative Perth Amboy at the|
Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts, May 2016. There, Mayor Wilda Diaz
pledged to have the City implement and support the plan.
Note: Both the Hackensack and the award-winning Creative Perth Amboy plans were developed through Community Coaching, a program of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. To learn more about this program, please contact NCCP Executive Director Leonardo Vazquez by email or at 973-763-6352.