Arts Build Communities and the New Brunswick Cultural Center are spearheading Arts New Brunswick, which is a series of creative place making strategies that will build a strong environment for the growth of the arts and creative industries in the city. ABC and NBCC will bring together New Brunswick artists, businesspeople, organization representatives, public officials and other stakeholders to create a shared and inclusive vision that enhances the arts and its impacts on quality of life throughout the city.
With assistance from Americans for the Arts, the project will also bring a number of dynamic speakers who are experts on creative place making to inspire our community’s vision for the arts and to provide exciting examples of how other communities benefited by implementing new arts initiatives. ABCC and NBCC will build a team of diverse community leaders to guide the development of the vision help implement the strategies and sustain the ongoing effort.
This project is being led by Rutgers University Professor Norman Glickman and ABC Director Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, in partnership with Norma Kaplan, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Cultural Center. It is being funded primarily by Rutgers University through a university-community partnership grant managed by the university's Office of Community Affairs. Additional support is being provided by the New Brunswick Cultural Center.
Arts New Brunswick is part of a portfolio of community coaching services provided by Arts Build Communities. ABC has also been providing community coaching in Atlantic Highlands, Perth Amboy, and coastal Monmouth County.
In a typical community coaching initiative, an ABC coach works with a diverse team of community leaders, artists and public officials to address a creative placemaking issue or challenge. As with New Brunswick, ABC can provide additional technical assistance services, such as public engagement, research, community and economic development analysis, preparation of planning and policy documents, and strategic communications.