Hackensack will be turning wooden construction boards covering a burned out
building along Main Street into public art.
It is the first project of the new Hackensack Creative Team, a
partnership of local merchants, artists and residents. The partnership is sponsored by the Upper
Main Street Alliance, which is working with ArtsBergen to produce the murals.
of the murals will be a vision for a more vibrant, cleaner, greener and
healthier Hackensack and the rich cultural history in the city.
initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, this week put out a
call for five artists to work collaboratively on the project, at 76 Main
which is funded by the Upper Main Street Alliance, will be the first one of the
Hackensack Creative Team. The Hackensack Creative Team is a group of 40 artists,
merchants, organizational leaders and public officials working on a creative
placemaking plan for the City of Hackensack. Creative placemaking is the
integration of arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build
community and livability and boost local economy. The Creative Team has identified
a number of projects that will move forward the Creative Vision Statement it
has drafted with the input of various members and sectors of the community.
This mural is one such project.
Consortium for Creative Placemaking of Union, NJ.
beautify the neighborhood and property site, engage passers-by, and act as a
beacon of the City and the Upper Main Street Alliance’s endorsement of arts and
culture as a powerful tool to transform, connect, and serve communities.
of OSB plywood surrounding the perimeter of the building at 76 Main Street in
Hackensack. The mural will be up at the site temporarily (potentially 2 years),
but the panels can be used again for other redevelopment sites. The location of
the mural is a gateway into the downtown area and is on a busy street,
travelled by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
be selected to serve as the lead artist, who will oversee the collaboration and
cohesion of the mural. Each artist/artist team will be assigned approximately
6-7 panels (each measuring 8 ft(h) x 4 ft(w)) to design and paint his/her
artistic and cultural history, present,
and future of Hackensack. Content can include the depiction of
significant past events/artists, musicians, current arts assets/happenings,
and/or an interpretation of the future “Creative Vision Statement”. The
incorporation of participatory elements that engage the public is encouraged.
The design may be painted directly on the boards onsite, or on panels painted
offsite that the artist would be responsible for mounting. The Upper Main
Street Alliance has allocated a $1,000 budget for supplies and materials for
the entire project in addition to $1000 per artist. Total project allocation is
$6000. The estimated completion of
the project is August 2015.
learn more about the Hackensack Creative Team, go to: https://www.facebook.com/CreativeHackensack
learn more about Upper Main Street Alliance, go to: http://uppermain.org/
learn more about ArtsBergen, and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation
go to: http://www.nnjcf.org/what-we-do/artsbergen/
learn more about The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking go to: www.artsbuildcommunities.com