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Riverview Art District in JC Heights Receives National Community Arts Grant



Jersey City Heights, NJ, December 7, 2016


Contact:  Beverly Brown, Steering Committee Member, Riverview Arts District Creative Placemaking Grant Recipients

Phone: 201-344-2954

Email Address: JCHeightsRAD@gmail.com


Riverview Art District in JC Heights Receives National Community Arts Grant


The Kresge Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, has selected the Riverview Arts District (RAD) and New Jersey Community Capital (NJCC) for a technical assistance grant to facilitate Creative Placemaking in the JC Heights. The RAD is one of only nine community and municipal service organizations in the country selected for the Creative Placemaking Grant.  The grant will be used to help RAD stakeholders and NJCC fuse arts, culture and design with urban planning and community development activities to provide, amongst other things, affordable housing, arts community centers and live-work artist spaces.


The RAD community established its roots in the early 1980’s when a significant number of artists relocated to the Heights from Downtown Jersey City and Hoboken. Since the RAD establishment, these artists and other engaged residents formed various groups over the past several years that collaborate to provide community art events and spaces.  In support of these artists and community groups, the City of Jersey City not only mapped the RAD but eventually amended the City’s Zoning Ordinance to allow “the right to establish artist studios and live-work environments”.


“We hope to leverage this opportunity to do many things, but especially to create properties that provide affordable housing options in our neighborhood and also grow the RAD and its art community. The grant will also allow for more strategic collaboration among the various neighborhood & arts-oriented organizations that currently exist in and nearby the RAD,” said RAD members involved in the Creative Placemaking grant process. “The Riverview Arts District exists to support the growing community of artists in the Heights who help make Jersey City the special place that it is today. This grant will expand our capacity to do just that,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.


Based in Detroit, Michigan, The Kresge Foundation is a $3.6 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investment in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development.

For more details on a recent collaboration event created by various RAD artists and neighborhood residents, please access this link:  http://y2u.be/UVEe1pFZSMk. For further information about the RAD or the Creative Placemaking grant, email JCHeightsRAD@gmail.com.


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