Placemaking for the 250th: A Roadmap for RevolutionNJ Communities Workshop Series, introduces the concept of placemaking to communities commemorating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America. As a once-in-a-generation opportunity to engage the public, placemaking offers a ground-up framework that ties together history, heritage tourism, public arts, civics, education, and economic development. In this workshop series, attendees will hear from practitioners in the state concerning best practices towards incorporating placemaking into their commemorative plans. Through a mixture of virtual webinars and in-person workshops, attendees will be able to create a roadmap for their own communities, exploring the types of programs and initiatives they can create for
commemorating the 250th.
Workshop 1: Creating a Sense of Place: Introducing Placemaking for the 250th
Tuesday, April 18, 2023: 1:30 – 3 p.m. (ET)
In our first webinar, Creating a Sense of Place: Introducing Placemaking, panelists will provide a general overview of placemaking and why it makes sense for engaging the public in the 250th. Our first speaker, Courtenay Mercer will provide an overview of what placemaking is and how it stitches history, heritage tourism, public arts, civic engagement, and economic development together. Miriam Salerno will highlight the impact of publicly-engaged urban planning and the role placemaking can play in bringing people into historically informed development efforts. Craig Schlosser will discuss why Morris County has focused on creative placemaking and the various benefits it has brought to the county’s Cultural and Heritage Tourism. Tom Werder will dive into specific case studies that Morris Arts helped develop, demonstrating the types of initiatives and programs a town can incorporate into their 250th planning. For more information on the second workshop on April 25th, visit the New Jersey Historical Commission.