“Millennials want to live someplace that’s cool. Which is why our most successful mayors are building a prosperous future upon one simple premise: ‘cool’ is the intersection of art and anything. No art? Not cool.” —Nick Paleologos, Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Our NJLM panel, Using Cultural Assets to Spur Redevelopment, will take place Tuesday, November 17 at 3:45 PM in Room 309. Cultural assets are key elements of vibrant, growing communities. Join moderator Mayor James Maley of Collingswood and our three experienced panelists (John D.S. Hatch, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Clarke Caton Hintz; Anne Schaper Englot, M. Arch., Ph.D., Professor of Practice, Architecture and Humanities, Department of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University – Newark; Gerard Velazquez, III, Executive Director, Cumberland County Improvement Authority) as we explore examples of communities that have successfully identified their cultural assets and used them as linchpins for redevelopment and growth.
CEU credits available: Zoning Official– 1.5; Land Use Administrator – 1.5; Planning/Zoning Board Secretary – 1.5.
Plus, meet Albert Einstein at our booth! Learn the truth about the world-famous genius. Hear about his family, pets, eccentricities, childhood, hobbies, how he helped Princeton children with their homework, his famous theory of relativity and more. Bill Agress is a re-enactor, actor, planner and teacher. For more than 30 years, he has been re-enacting various revolutionary characters, including Einstein, George Washington, John Hart and others.
Kim Avant-Babb of the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority, explains how the arts revitalize our neighborhoods:
“By definition, redevelopment and arts and culture are innately related—they both create or recreate. When concentrating on land-use and human capital by using the arts to address physical decline, only positive outcomes exist if done correctly. Many examples are documented where these two professions come together to revamp and revitalize lost community assets such as movie theaters, waterfronts and commercial corridors. The question is, how do they intersect?
“Myopic in nature, the real estate development and arts and culture sectors stay in their respective lanes. However, in recent decades, in order for communities to survive economically, their paths have crossed by integrating the visions of community and business leaders. Typically, the first focal point is assessing assets in the community and generating a dialogue about ways to enhance, reinvent them and create a destination of place. To bridge the arts and redevelopment gap, many times local Chambers of Commerce, regional Centers for Non-Profit Associations or local college planning departments can play a role.
“Concentration of creative venues can occur in a variety of scales, from a single redeveloped building to an arts district. With a declining pool of resources, arts and cultural organizations must research and examine successful models where redevelopers and arts communities have collaborated to create a sense of place and economic vitality. Conversely, redevelopers must continue to explore how an arts and culture slant to their project concepts can utilize declining buildings and breathe life into commercial corridors. By recognizing the role that each plays, together the arts and culture and redevelopment sectors can create and recreate our neighborhoods. By coming together, they strengthen the fabric of communities and improve the quality of life.”
A comprehensive resource center that focuses on improving the quality of life by creating value in New Jersey’s urban communities, the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority invests financial and technical resources into redevelopment projects and plans that will create a positive impact.