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Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit - June 19, 2014


Summit Explores the Arts as a Tool for Community Revitalization

Creative Placemaking Summit

The NJTPA and Together North Jersey were among the sponsors of a Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit on June 19 in Newark. Creative placemaking is a new cultural policy being pursued in communities across the country for expanding the role of the arts in supporting quality of life, creative expression and economic development.
Among the attendees were artists, local officials, developers, economic development professionals, urban planners, arts activists and administrators. In welcoming the attendees, NJTPA Executive Director Mary K. Murphy said that “Done right, creative placemaking is a tool for community, cultural and economic development.” She noted that the arts contribute $1.5 billion in economic activity in the state and 800 New Jersey nonprofit arts organizations employ 17,000 workers. 


The keynote speaker for the day-long event was Jane Golden, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

The event included a morning panel of representatives of organizations engaged in creative placemaking efforts in New Jersey. Another panel in the afternoon featured representatives of foundations and other funders of creative placemaking.

In addition to the NJTPA and Together North Jersey, the summit’s sponsors were the New Jersey Consortium on Creative Placemaking, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, ArtPride NJ and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Keynote: Jane Golden
Executive Director, Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Connecting for Success Panel Discussion 

Speakers include James Kennedy, former Mayor, City of Rahway; Sheila McKoy, NJ TRANSIT; David Garsia, Art Factory; Anthony Smith, Lincoln Park Cultural District; Anker West, Architectural Designer and Ceramicist; and moderator Leonardo Vazquez, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.

Funders Panel Discussion on Creative Placemaking 
Speakers include Nicholas Paleologos, NJ State Council on the Arts; Chris Daggett, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; Lyz Crane, ArtPlace America; and moderator Leonardo Vazquez, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking.