New Jersey Consortium for Creative Placemaking
2444 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
ContactMr. Leonardo Vazquez
To support ongoing capacity building for creative placemaking in New Jersey through convenings, workshops, and peer exchanges
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) is a growing leader in the area of arts-based economic and community development. New Jersey is our home and laboratory, and we work to make it a national model for how arts and culture can be engaged to address economic and social issues.
We envision a nation of communities made more resilient, sustainable, prosperous, just and equitable through creativity, arts and culture. Creative placemakers -- who can come from any discipline or any part of the community -- guide these efforts. We are their key source for knowledge, support and community.
The National Consortium builds authentic connections, capacity and community for better creative placemaking.
*activates community members and leaders to leverage public, private and individual talent and resources to help build better communities;
*helps community members and leaders learn to access the talent, tools, and information needed to nurture creativity and innovation in their neighborhoods, towns, cities or regions;
*builds and strengthens the new field of creative placemaking by promoting a share sense of purpose, promoting high standards of ethics and practice, and equipping creative placemakers with better skill sets;
*forges stronger connections among the disparate individuals, groups, organizations, government entities and influencers that collectively advance and build creative places;
* and develops a deeper well of knowledge about creative placemaking and creative placemakers.
NCCP was created in December 2012, though its roots go back to 2008. Back then, NCCP's 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. Eventually, the center moved to an Associate Vice President's office. In 2012, due to a university-wide reorganization, the program was cut by Rutgers.
We have since been an independent organization. Like many new organizations, we have been finding our way in the world. We are now completing a long-term strategic planning effort to give us clear focus and direction for the next three years. The vision and mission you read comes from the plan, developed jointly by staff and the board members.