New Jersey Consortium for Creative Placemaking


105 Grove Street, Suite 1
Montclair, NJ 07042
County: Essex


Mr. Leonardo Vazquez

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To advance creative placemaking in New Jersey through coaching, education, research and leadership.

Organization Background

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is a growing leader in the area of arts-based economic and community development. The New Jersey Consortium for Creative Placemaking is the statewide affiliate of the national organization.

NCCP's predecessor, Arts Build Communities was created in 2008 at Rutgers University's Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy through a seed grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. ABC was created to provide expertise to cultural and civic leaders in how the arts connect community and economic development. We have done this in several ways: providing thought leadership to shape the views of leaders and communities about creative placemaking; practical research that demonstrates the economic value and viability of the creative sector; community coaching; a unique conference that brings together cultural and civic leaders to address creative placemaking; and a year-long certificate program in creative placemaking. In 2012, ABC was having its most successful year. In September, in response to university-wide reorganization due to the installation of a new university president, all of the staff positions associated with ABC were eliminated. The founding director, Leonardo Vazquez, is continuing the work of ABC through The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking. The consortium has been working on several contract-funded projects, such as training community coaches in Louisiana and developing a creative placemaking plan for Long Beach Island. The consortium is also working with PlanSmart New Jersey to provide community coaching throughout the state, and with Creative New Jersey in efforts to help the Jersey Shore rebuild.

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