Millville Development Corporation

Address

22 N High Street
Millville, NJ 08332
County: Cumberland
http://glasstownartsdistrict.com

Contact

Ms. Marianne K. Lods

Grant Amount

$40,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To increase economic development activity in the arts district, create more public art, support new artistic projects.

Organization Background

"To further the development and growth of the downtown and riverfront area of Millville and to establish and perpetuate an arts district to benefit the community and foster revitalization."

In 1999 consultant studies, artist surveys, focus groups and a public meeting determined the viability of an "arts district" to act as a catalyst for revitalization of a deteriorated downtown. The overwhelming affirmative responses led the Millville's planning director, elected officials and the MDC to begin the task. An arts district zoning overlay was legislated allowing business only on 1st floor of the main street, residential on upper floors and mixed used zoning on adjacent streets that encourages galleries, antique shops, B & B's, etc. in existing housing stock.

At the same time the city bought three buildings and refurbished them into one large community art center, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. Opening in April 2001 it quickly became the keystone of the Arts District and enabled the MDC to attract "pioneer artists" to open private galleries and studios.

The current executive director, Marianne Lods, was hired in 2000 as the arts district coordinator. An experienced entrepreneur and economic development executive, she found property investors, motivated building rehabilitation and manages daily operations.

The current executive director, Marianne Lods, was hired in 2000 as the arts district coordinator. An experienced entrepreneur and economic development executive, she found property investors, motivated building rehabilitation and manages daily operations.

On May 30, 2014 the Arts District office moved back into the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (RRCA) where it originally began in 2001 due to the impending demolition of the Cumberland County College Arts & Innovation Center at our previous location. This move has made it easier for the RRCA to transition with a new director. The joint office has been mutually beneficial to the organizations, to artists and to the public.

Additionally, the MDC has been able to cut several operating costs out of its prior budgets due to the many shared services and expenses.

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