Conferences, webinars and walking tours are great for learning about creative placemaking. But sometimes you want to roll up your sleeves and just get to it.
That's why The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking now offers Strategy Labs. In a Strategy Lab, you work on a real creative placemaking project for a real client. They run from 90 minutes to two days.
The first Strategy Lab will be Thursday, October 19, from 4:30 to 7 in Hackensack. We'll explore ways to activate Demarest Street, an underused pedestrian path that runs from the local bus station, across Main Street, and to the parking garage near the city's new performing arts center. We'll work in partnership with the client -- the Hackensack Creative Arts Team -- and ArtsBergen's Connect the Dots program. ArtsBergen is an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
The next Strategy Lab will be November 10 and 11 at the Paterson Art Factory. There we will help a unique maker space and filming center better connect with the surrounding community. We will explore ways to organize open space at the facility for arts and cultural programming. In addition, we'll explore how to make Spruce Street (which runs from the Great Falls National Park past the Art Factory and leads to Rte 19 and I-80) into a great corridor. Finally, we'll also strategize ways to build the capacity of the Paterson Arts Council to lead and sustain these efforts. The event is free, but a $20 donation to the Paterson Arts Council would be appreciated.