program focuses on the economic, social, and cultural impact
of the arts on local and regional areas. Dynamic arts programs
make a vital contribution to community life. Music, dance,
theater, and other creative and performing arts offer people
an important counterweight to the routines of daily life
and material concerns. The panel explores how arts programs
stimulate the local economy, bring people together, and
attract both visitors and new residents. The arts are emerging
as a potent force in the economic life of cities and rural
areas nationwide and assuming an important role as a direct
and indirect contributor to state economies. The arts and
cultural life of a region are also principal determinants
of quality of life, widely recognized as a critical factor
in decision-making for workers and companies.
here to view some before and after
photos of community redevelopment
Dr. Geoffrey Newman – Dean of the
School of the Arts at Montclair State University.
John McEwen - Executive Director of the
New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the association of professional,
not-for-profit theatres in New Jersey.
Mark Packer – Executive Director
of Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, New Jersey,
and President of ArtPRIDE, New Jersey's statewide arts advocacy
Dr. Kim Warker - Planning and Community
Development Director for the city of Millville, New Jersey.