Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Save the dates: New Jersey Creative Placemakers learning and social events

By Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

New Jersey Creative Placemakers, the new network for people who want to make Jersey communities better through arts and culture, is scheduling several learning and social activities in 2017.  Here's a sneak peek at what we're working on:

  • March 23, 10 am to noon:  Help shape the next Regional Plan for the New York City metropolitan area, then join us for lunch in downtown Newark, NJ. (Only 10 seats left). Learn more or register
  • Late April (tentative):  Book talk and social:  How to Do Creative Placemaking, a new work by the National Endowment for the Arts.  Late afternoon/evening, Hammonton, NJ
  • May 5, 8:30 to 4, Thriving Together, the next Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit and 4-7 pm, Reception honoring Donna Drewes, Newark, NJ  Learn more or register for the
    Summit or register for only the reception.
  • May 25, 4 to 7 pm:  (date confirmed, time tentative):  Learning Tour and social: Morristown, NJ.  Learn about the great creative placemaking work in Morristown and explore opportunity areas.  Then stay around for a social at a local bar or restaurant.
  • Early to mid June, on a Saturday morning:  Learning Tour and social:  Maplewood and South Orange, NJ 
  • Late July, late afternoon/evening: Learning Tour and social: Hackensack, NJ
  • September, on a Saturday: Learning Tour and social: Orange, NJ
Hackensack CAT Arts Walk, June 2016

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New Jersey Creative Placemakers is a joint production of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and PlanSmart New Jersey.  It is made possible in part through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

NCCP will host a reception to honor Donna Drewes for her work in promoting creative placemaking
Source: Sustainable Jersey
through the Sustainable Jersey Arts and Creative Culture Task Force.  It will be May 5, from 4 to 7 pm, right after Thriving Together, the Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, at New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Tickets are $30; Leadership Summit registrants get in free.

Through Donna's leadership, New Jersey municipalities now have more tools and incentives to pursue creative placemaking.  As Sustainable Jersey co-Director and co-Chair of it's Arts and Creative Culture Task Force, she helped develop several creative placemaking 'actions' that help towns get more points toward Sustainable Jersey Certification. Learn more about Sustainable Jersey actions.

Learn more or register for the reception.

Proceeds will be used to support programs of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and New Jersey Creative Placemakers (NJCP).  NJCP is a joint program of The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and PlanSmart NJ.

Building your team can help you get more done, faster and better

In spring training, coaches help good baseball players form strong teams. Creative placemakers also win by forming strong teams. NCCP's team building workshops can help. Join us for Building Teams for Creative Placemaking in Morristown, NJ on March 20 or New York, NY on March 21.

Just as baseball teams rally with a strong fan base, creative placemakers do better with more public support. Building Public Support for Creative Placemaking helps you do that. It's also on March 20 in Morristown, after the Building Teams workshop.