Thanks to so many people who believed in our mission and supported us. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking soared to new heights in 2018 with record-shattering growth in our programs, revenue and readership. We brought Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits to four regions in the US after developing them in New Jersey. We shared our ideas for growing more equitable, sustainable and just communities through arts and local cultural activities around the United States.
And we made a lot of friends along the way.
Check out these numbers:
· Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits used to happen once a year in New Jersey. In 2018, we held five (in Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Madison, NJ; Charleston, WV; and College Park, MD).
· More than 1,100 people from a wide array of cultures, professional backgrounds and communities participated in CPL Summits – an 800% increase over 2017. We brought together the kind of people who don’t often sit in the same rooms – elected officials and artists, arts administrators and urban planners. In fact, no single industry represented more than 22% of participants in the Summits.
· More than 600 people registered for Creative Placemaking Leadership Webinars – a nearly 250% increase over 2017.
· We saw a record number of registrations – 25 -- to the Certificate in Creative Placemaking program. The current program, which we produce with the New Hampshire Institute of Art, is more popular now than our previous programs based at Rutgers and Ohio State universities.
· We conducted on-site technical assistance through Strategy Labs in East Orange and Paterson, NJ; and mapped creative assets and opportunity sites in Glassboro, NJ.
· We developed new partnerships and friendships with dozens of organizations around the United States – from ArtPlace America to South Arts to the University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Twenty state arts agencies are partnering with us on Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits. By 2018, we had developed more than 70 partnerships. This year, we worked with more than 100 volunteers on various projects.
· We now have more than 12,000 points of contact through newsletter subscriptions and social media. Our readership is growing rapidly, and we have newsletter open rates that far exceed the industry average.
· We collected data from creative placemakers on values and ethics for the field (and will publish our findings in 2019)
· We brought on three new board members: Charles Biczak, Anne LaBate and Jennifer Morris.
· We grew to three full-time employees and moved to a three-room suite in downtown Union, NJ.
· Our revenue grew by more than 330% in the last fiscal year (July 2017 to June 2018). And in the last six months, we’ve raised and generated more than four times the amount in the same period for last year. More grantmakers supported us. A greater number of grantmakers gave us larger grants, more businesses sponsored us, and more individuals donated.
There are so many people and organizations to thank for our success (this is a partial list; check out our website for a more complete list:
· NCCP Board Chair Richard T. Bryant, Vice Chair Ranjit Walia, Secretary Stacy Smith, Treasurer Charles Biczak, and members Anne LaBate, Jennifer Morris and Karen Pinzolo.
· NCCP staff members – Andrea Orlando, Community Director and Thomas Young, Creative Director. Thanks also to former Research Associate Kyrillos Girgis.
· Our colleagues at New Hampshire Institute of Art and the Certificate program instructors: Tom Borrup, Erin Maile O’Keefe, John Delconte, David Pankratz, Betsy Pandora, Lee Edgecombe and Wendy Benscoter
· Supporters of NCCP activities, such as ArtPlace America, National Endowment for the Arts,
Mortimer and Mimi Levitt Foundation, The Cultural Planning Group, New Jersey Health Initiatives, M&T Bank, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, Lyndhurst Foundation, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Colorado Creative Industries and more. See the complete list.
· Stephanie Kaufman of Looking Glass Creative, a superb event manager who helped make all our Summits successful (and taught us a lot about organizing convenings); Ranjit Walia and Nick Pietroniro of Civic Eye Collaborative, who created engaging films of the Leadership Summits; Andrew Bryant, who helped us develop our new website; and Soroj Hansraj and Nathan Semmel, our bookkeepers from Lear and Pannepacker. We also want to thank the photographers, caterers, event facilities and others who worked with us to make our programs successful.
· Venues that donated s Breakout Session at a Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit pace for NCCP events, including Songbirds Foundation in Chattanooga, RedLine in Denver and Milkboy Art House in College Park; and the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, which donated tickets.
· And dozens of other supporters, donors and partners.
And thank you for being part of the growing creative placemaking field.