Over 60 residents of the City of Paterson, NJ - many with specialties in the arts - came together to participate in a community workshop this past weekend. The purpose of the workshop was to identify the great "places" in the City and in particular around the Great Falls Historic District, that could be used to integrate the arts into revitalization efforts in this future National Park. Community ideas included a natural amphitheatre in what is currently a rock quarry, re-use of a crumbling stadium as fairgrounds, and a guided tour of cultural hotspots led by community artists.
RPA is leading the effort to gather ideas from the community and arts consultants to develop a comprehensive implementation plan with strategies to advance the economic, social and cultural well-being of the area via the arts. This project will help to demonstrate how cities can use the arts and creative cultural activities as a catalyst for sustainable development and revitalization.
With funding from NJ Community Development Corporation (www.njcdc.org) - via the National Endowment for the Arts - RPA will work closely with its team partners including Creative Time, Barbara Pollack, Libby Ellis, Claire Weisz, Darius Sollohub, James Dart and Roger Smith, amongst others to carry-out two more workshops and complete the plan.