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Vacant Spaces into Arts Places

From Pop-Ups to Permanent: Creative Reuse of Vacant Land in Lower-Income Neighborhoods

Webinar held on February 22, 2017 | 2pm-3pm

Communities waiting for their vacant land supply to match market demand are developing exciting new temporary uses for vacant land that are enlivening neighborhoods, attracting new residents, and creating startup locations for brick-and-mortar businesses. This session explores how cities are reactivating idle resources as well as creating new temporary neighborhood amenities.

Staci Berger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Housing and Community Development Network of NJ
Ann Marie Miller, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, ArtPride NJ Foundation
Terry Schwarz, Director, Kent State University, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Emily Trenholm, Executive Director, Community Development Council of Greater Memphis

Sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, ArtPride NJ, and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey

ArtPride New Jersey is grateful to participate in the New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference each November, and this year, we focused on how the arts can transform vacant, abandoned or challenging spaces. From public artwork and murals to parklets and pop-up galleries, the arts have played a central role in making our communities safe, beautiful, and more livable. Below, you will find stories highlighting municipalities that have built solid partnerships with arts organizations and artists to transform vacant spaces into arts places.

Click here to view ArtPride’s Slideshow Illustrating Vacant Spaces into Arts Places
(Download a PDF of the slideshow here)

Are you interested in transforming your own community?

ArtPride would be happy to help guide you through the processes to create amazing arts spaces and cultivate new relationships.
Please contact Ann Marie Miller for more information.


Be sure to follow ArtPride’s Vacant Places Transform into Art Spaces Board on Pinterest for more inspiration!


Community-Driven Beautification Projects Pop-up All Over Bergen-Lafayette

Bringing Parklets to New Jersey: Morristown Parklet LDP

New Pop-Up Gallery ‘Art Attack’ Opens in Downtown Princeton Friday Night

Pop-Up Culture: Temporary Spaces Draw Greater Downtown Interest

Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for the degree of Master of Arts by Lauren Rosenberg
Department of Arts Administration and Policy, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Spring, 2011

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