CREATIVE PLACEMAKING for the Riverside Park Neighborhood is led by New London Landmarks, with the City of New London and a coalition of Riverside Park Conservancy, the Neighborhood Alliance and all who care about Re-Connecting this area of New London with the City. This project is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Office of the Arts.
Get current news about Creative Placemaking by visiting the New London Riverside Art website: http://nlriversideart.org.
Visit also the Creative Placemaking in New London blog.
WHAT IS “CREATIVE PLACEMAKING”?
According to the National Endowment for the Arts:
In turn, these creative locales foster entrepreneurs and cultural industries that generate jobs and income, spin off new products and services, and attract and retain unrelated businesses and skilled workers.
This is the challenge New London Landmarks has accepted with a $100,000 grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Office of the Arts.
Already change is taking place! During the winter the City’s Public Works Department and volunteers have cleaned, trimmed, limbed up trees, cleared brush and opened up spaces in the park allowing clear views of the Thames River.
The new Winthrop Magnet School is open and students are enjoying a truly beautiful modern classroom building filled with light and great new facilities.
Creative Placemaking from the National Endowment for the Arts
The GoalsRevitalization by creative initiatives that animate places & spark economic development
LIVABILITY = public safety, community identity, environmental quality, improved transportation
DIVERSITY = collaboration between civic, non-profit and for-profit partners (U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Connecticut College and the neighborhood)
A new identity for this historic neighborhood