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Arts Build Communities Cultural Planning Leadership Conference

February 11, 9 am to 4 pm

Rutgers University – Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick

$50, includes breakfast, lunch and creative placemaking resource guide

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Join elected officials, economic development professionals, cultural leaders and artists to explore ways to build, grow and sustain creative communities.  Experts from the public sector and arts fields will share their success stories, and facilitators from Arts Build Communities will help you think about creative placemaking strategies for your own communities.

The conference is designed for anyone interested in arts-based community and economic development.  There are three tracks:  Building Creative Communities is for participants who want ideas to help them start a creative placemaking effort.  Growing Creative Communities and Sustaining Creative Communities are for communities that want to build on their success in arts-based initiatives.

Confirmed speakers and facilitators include:

*Gary P. Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer, City of Philadelphia and Director of the city’s office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy
*Joseph Barris, Supervising Planner, Monmouth County Planning Board
*Tom Gilmour, Director of Commerce, Asbury Park
*Gail Levinson, Chair, Valley Arts District and Executive Director, Arts Unbound, Orange
*Leonardo Vazquez, Director, Arts Build Communities, Rutgers University

After the conference, up to 10 communities will be selected to receive four months of coaching as they develop custom creative placemaking strategies for their communities.

To learn more about or register for the conference, please visit:

Questions?  Please contact Arts Build Communities Program Associate Deborah Schulze at 732-932-3822, x635 or

Arts Build Communities is produced by the Professional Development Institute of Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

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