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Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen to Launch Networking Series Connect the Dots

September 25, 2015 , Luhrs & Associates Press Release

HEADER Detail with Speakers(Bergen County, New Jersey; September 24, 2015) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF)announces ArtsBergen will launch Connect the Dots, a new, four-event networking series, on Monday, October 19.  ArtsBergen, an initiative of the NNJCF, will present the first event at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  The event is free and open to artists, arts administrators, municipal and community leaders, business owners, and arts supporters living or working in Bergen County, who are interested in cultivating connections and collaborations.

The series’ goals are to stimulate conversations with others in the county’s arts community, develop new relationships, present opportunities to work together, highlight unique arts experiences and informative speakers on relevant topics, and encourage creative placemaking throughout the county.  Creative placemaking is the practice of integrating arts and culture into a region, town or city block to add excitement, attract visitors, improve livability, and enhance the local economy.

The first networking event will discuss how communities are currently using creative placemaking and ways for communities in Bergen County to use this process in their areas.  To date, the speakers confirmed to present at the first event are Kadie Dempsey, director of arts in Community/Creative Placemaking with Morris Arts in Morris County, and David Garsia, owner, The Art Factory, in Paterson.

“The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation is delighted to host ArtsBergen’s Connect the Dots series.  The first event will inspire area communities to learn more about how creative placemaking can make Bergen County’s cities, towns, villages, boroughs, or neighborhoods more livable, engaging, sustainable, and prosperous.  We invite people to attend and be inspired by collaborative projects underway in New Jersey that are integrating arts and culture to make a difference in shaping better places and to consider how they can start this work in their own communities,” said Michael Shannon, president, NNJCF.

Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required and may be done online at  For further information, call 201-568-5608.

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Englewood, New Jersey, focuses primarily on education, public health, civic engagement, and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  Foundation partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

About ArtsBergen

ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey.  The initiative’s mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.  ArtsBergen also supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call201-568-5608.

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