Connect the Dots: Hackensack Strategy Lab
Join the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen’s Connect the Dots: Hackensack Strategy Lab on Thursday, October 19. The 2017 Connect the Dot series’ fourth learning and networking event takes place at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC), located at 102 State St., Hackensack, New Jersey. The event is free and open to the public.
Co-producers are: City of Hackensack, the Main Street Business Alliance and its Hackensack Creative Arts Team, and New Jersey Creative Placemakers (NJCP). Attendees participate in the lab from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., followed by networking from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hackensack Strategy Lab
This event focuses on learning how to transform an underused pedestrian street into a welcoming, vibrant place. A brief walking tour of nearby public art projects kicks off the experience. Learning activities follow at Demarest Place. Attendees explore and create strategies to revitalize the street through public art, food, performance, music and more. They build their knowledge, get ideas, and network.
The event’s facilitator, the New Jersey Creative Placemakers, is a new community of practice bringing together people throughout the state who want to make communities better through arts and local culture. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking manages NJCP. A diverse team of leaders from a range of organizations are involved. They include American Planning Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Bergen County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs and others.
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking’s Strategy Labs gives participants the opportunity to explore ideas with others interested in using arts and culture to make better places. Participants visit a site, and with guidance from NCCP, develop strategies to address issues or challenges identified by the host. The strategies can focus on policy, programming, physical design or any other type to enhance the site. Attendees bring ideas back to their own communities.
Connect the Dots is a free networking series drawing people throughout Bergen County and the surrounding area. Members of the arts community, municipal and community leaders, planners, and business owners living or working in the county may attend, network and meet others with similar interests.
“Connect the Dots serves as a way to strengthen and connect the arts community through professional development and unique arts-based presentations. The goal is to spark interaction and creative collaboration among artists, arts organizations, municipal governments, and community leaders to use the arts to build better communities,” says Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director.