Trenton's first Arts & Culture District - the proposed Creek to Canal Creative District
Trenton Arts in Focus was inspired by the wide range of arts organizations and artists that call Trenton home, and by ongoing activity thathas laid the foundation for sustained revitalization in the Creek to Canal area.
Local talent, community support, political will, and resources to drive change are aligning. Now is thetime for Trenton, its art scene, and its Downtown to enter the limelight.
Trenton Arts in Focus is a public dialogue and planning process that considers both the arts in Trenton citywide and the localized potential for arts-driven and arts-supporting redevelopment in Downtown. The planning process unfolded against a backdrop of positive change taking root, from citywide master planning that reimagines Trenton as a regional hub of arts andculture; to the emergence of Greater Trenton, a new public-private partnership attracting regional resources to spur economic development; to catalytic arts and redevelopment activity.
A key outcome of the process so far is the recommendation to establish Trenton's first arts and culture district and a plan to make the district a reality.
TheTrenton Arts in Focus plan, releasedin October 2016, reflects the input of more than 750 Trenton residents and stakeholders. It offers both place-based and citywide recommendations to shine a spotlight on Trenton's rich arts and culture scene and to develop the Creek to Canal Creative District.
Thegoals of Trenton Arts in Focus are to:- Celebrate and elevate the local arts scene and creativeenergy pulsing in our city.
- Strengthen connections and partnerships between Trenton'smany arts and culture institutions, practicing artists, creative business,and arts advocates/appreciators.
-Meaningfully integrate arts and culture into the revitalizationof Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
-Embrace arts-based community and economic development ascatalysts of positive change and restored vitality within the Creek to CanalCreative District.
-Raise resources to put the plan into action and to put localartists to work as leaders in the establishment of the Creative District.
-Demonstrate the transformative potential of arts-based andarts-supporting development such that our approach can be adapted andimplemented elsewhere in Trenton, the region, and beyond.
The boundaries ofthe proposed Creative District are Route 1 to the east, Willow Street to thewest, the D&R Canal to the north, and the Assunpink Creek to the south. Thisarea encompasses the Old Trenton Neighborhood and much of Downtown, but alsotouches the State government center and many of Trenton's most well-knowncreative destinations. Trenton's two main commercial corridors, Broad and StateStreets, intersect at the heart of the Creative District.
Arts -based,place-based, and community-driven investments in the Creek to Canal CreativeDistrict will be good for the city and the citywide arts scene, building theaudience of arts supporters and fostering enhanced visibility and connectionsbetween venues. Investments in the District will be good for Downtown andnearby neighborhoods, good for artists, good for local businesses, and good forall who come to look and listen, stay and play, and explore the full range ofTrenton's historic assets and newest amenities and works of art.
Trenton Arts inFocuswas made possible by generous funding from the National Endowment for the Artsand New Jersey Manufacturers via the NJ NRTC program. Passage Theatre, Isles,and The College of New Jersey, with planning and urban design by InterfaceStudio, shepherdedthe process, which was enriched by the guidance of a nearly 50-member SteeringCommittee representing the arts, government, education, social services, and business.
For moreinformation or to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Julia Taylor at Isles - 609.341.4700.