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Interactive Mural (Venice, FL) – Call For Artists

Interactive Mural (Venice, FL) – Call For Artists

Venice MainStreet is holding a contest for an interactive mural in Historic Downtown Venice, Florida. The mural will be located predominately downtown for hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors to see. Work must be completed by June 14, 2019. A Visit Florida grant will pay for a portion of this project.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2019

Create an interactive mural that encourages people to take a picture with the image and share on social media. It must fit in with the ambiance of Historic Downtown Venice and advertise Venice, FL. Concept should include details on scope of pay, maintenance expectations, artist bio with images of past work, and the materials to be used. Theme: 3-D action image fitting to Venice in the time period of 1920s and the 1930s. A committee will choose the winning artwork by April 5, 2019.

Interactive Mural Artist Benefits

The artist will receive the credit and recognition of the artwork and financial compensation for their time and efforts. Financial compensation amount is yet to be determined.

About Venice MainStreet

Venice MainStreet (VMS) is committed to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, economic, and community vitality of Historic Downtown Venice, Florida. Since 1988, Venice MainStreet has operated as a volunteer driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by preserving, protecting, and promoting Historic Downtown Venice. This goal is achieved by bringing interesting events to attract visitors and enhance the lifestyle of local residents. It invests in amenities, marketing, and infrastructure for Historic Downtown Venice.

Venice MainStreet is funded by grants, fundraising, donations, and partners. It is an accredited through the Florida Main Street Program and Main Street America. VMS is united with thousands of other Main Street organizations around the country, all of which work in a similar defined district of a historic downtown. Main Streets follow a structured approach called “the four point approach.” This was created in the 1980s by the National Main Street Center in response to nationwide large commercial shopping malls which threatened historic downtowns. VMS was formed by a partnership between the The Downtown Venice Association, City of Venice, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and historic enthusiasts in 1987.

For more information, contact info@venicemainstreet.com.

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2019 HBG Mural Fest (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

2019 HBG Mural Fest (Harrisburg, PA) – Call For Artists

Sprocket Mural Works, a city-wide mural project in Harrisburg, PA, seeks artists interested in producing an original piece of public art during their second mural festival. 2019 HBG Mural Fest is a focused surge of city beautification through the creation of 10 murals in 10 days. The mural festival will run in Harrisburg, PA, from August 30 – September 8, 2019. The first mural festival in 2017 was an incredible success. Sprocket Mural Works is looking for artists who are excited to be a part of the second effort and make their mark on the city landscape.

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Deadline: 25 Mar 2019

Prior pubic art experience is appreciated, but not required. Preference will be given to local and regional artists, although national and international artists may be selected. Artists will be notified of their acceptance the week of April 15. The murals will be produced during the 10-day period of August 30 – September 8. Artists must be able to produce a mural within that 10-day period. Starting prior to August 30 may be acceptable, but would need to be coordinated with Sprocket Mural Works in advance.

During the 2017 event, Sprocket added 18 public murals to the face of Harrisburg. In doing so, they created the initial framework of a walkable mural tour. In 2019, they aim to fill the gaps in this trail, ultimately making Harrisburg a mural-dense city.

2017 HBG Mural Fest By-The-Numbers:

  • 18 new individual pieces of public art were produced (the original plan was 10)
  • 16 artists contributed and were paid for their talents
  • 75+ neighbors painted artwork that beautified blighted homes at the Community Paint Day
  • 100+ tweed-clad cyclists saw the murals by bicycle during the Stylish Bike Tour
  • 2000+ party-goers joined us at the festival-closing block party
  • 10+ local photographers and videographers volunteered their time and skills to capture the entire festival
  • 35 local businesses sponsored the event and donated towards making the city a more beautiful place
  • 150 volunteers helped pull it all off

2019 HBG Mural Fest Artist Benefits

2019 HBG Mural Fest artists will make a permanent, public mark on Pennsylvania’s capital city that will be visible to residents and visitors for years to come. Chosen artists will receive a stipend for their participation and, if required, travel expenses will be covered. Mural materials will be supplied. Walls will be prepped prior to the artist’s arrival.

About Sproket Mural Works

Sprocket Mural Works is a citywide mural project that works with neighborhoods, artists, and organizations to create vibrant community murals across Harrisburg. Their mission is to increase community pride and civic engagement in Harrisburg through creative action.

Over the last 5 years, Sprocket has added more than 25 murals to the cityscape of Harrisburg plus a number of additional privately commissioned murals. They have overseen projects for painting utility boxes, planters, and person-sized ducks which, combined, gave more than 20 additional artists an opportunity to be featured around town.

Key Principles

  • Art uplifts the human spirit
  • Art should be accessible to all
  • Public art contributes to the health of communities
  • Collaboration can ignite a group of people
  • Collaboration can solidify a common goal
  • Art has an economic impact
  • Artists should be paid for their work

For more information, contact hello@sprocketmuralworks.com.

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Public Art – Call For Artists

Public Art – Call For Artists

The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces its’ third annual Call for Public Art. The ECAC is searching for two new pieces of public art as part of the “new works program” as outlined in the City’s Public Art Plan: one 2D piece and one 3D piece.

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Deadline: 4 Mar 2019

Available locations for the 2D work include the first floor of the Spring Street Parking Deck and the Highland Avenue bridge underpass along the riverwalk. Available locations for the 3D works include Newsome Park, Walton Island, or a pedestal on Riverside Drive. As part of the application, the artist must select a location from those available and propose their new public art piece specifically for that location. Artists must provide a completed application along with a narrative, design illustrations, budget, resume, work samples, references, and supporting materials (if applicable). The honorariums offered are $6,500 for each of the two new pieces of public art.

Applications are scored blindly by the ECAC based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. City staff, to ensure installation feasibility, will evaluate the top three pieces scored. The ECAC will make a final determination based on the scores and recommendations by staff. Winners of the honorariums will be announced in late spring. After selection, production of the new works is expected to begin in early summer and be completed and installed in time for the annual Art Harvest event in late October.

Public Art Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of up to $6,500 for their work and the support of the City of Elgin for their project. Being that the artist can select the location from those listed on the application, it is up to the artist to determine how they wish their work to impact the community. Once installed, the work will be on display for a length of time set by the artist. It will be included in the city’s public art map and online database. The work will be officially unveiled at the annual Art Harvest event at the end of October. Art Harvest is a family-friendly event that encourages our community to visit the public art installations around the downtown area. It is attended by about 400 people each year.

About the City of Elgin

The City of Elgin tasked it’s Cultural Arts Commission with creating a public art plan in 2016. Part of that process was to determine the needs of the community and how best to fit those needs. Components of the plan include other projects such as utility box wrapping and neighborhood public art grants. Since the plan’s implementation in 2017, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has selected and installed five new pieces of public art. The community has been extremely vocal not only in support of the pieces that were selected, but also in support of public art and how it impacts their daily lives.

For more information, contact harris_a@cityofelgin.org.

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Self Visualization For Maximum Good

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Click here to for the Introduction to Maximum Good. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Self-visualization is thinking in advance about the most positive outcome can be before starting any new activity. Consider thinking about what it is going to be like when we finish, how we are going to feel, and what is realistic.

Consider the following

There is a range of ways that this can be done. Before starting anything new – any new work of art, our new job, or the beginning of our day – consider what outcome of this will make you feel good. Close your eyes for two minutes and think about how a positive outcome will feel.

One of the reasons why this is important to do is that most times there are obstacles that we will confront in new situations. It can be easy to give up when starting something new when faced with these obstacles.

Having a positive mindset going into the new task about what the final outcome is going to be is beneficial. If we think about the positive outcome before starting any new activity, then it is more likely that those obstacles will seem lessened. Try taking some time to think in advance.

Create an image. We can make vision boards made of of positive things which motivate us. These can be cut outs or hand made. We can use a work of art to focus on whether it is one of ours or something which inspires us, even if it is just an image displayed on our phone.

Try writing or reading daily affirmations. These are statements about positive beliefs about ourselves and our abilities. We can use the same phrase every day or try to vary them. They can be aspirational and read at a set time every day, usually in the morning. It can be note that says, “Today, I’m going to have a good day” kept near where we sleep so it is seen every time we wake up. Keep them someplace where we are most likely to see them.

The physical act of writing the same note daily can be helpful, too. It makes the thought process even more tactile.

Consider trying to write out our goals. What are they? What do you want to achieve? Sometimes the best thing is getting through the day ahead of us.

Self-visualization for Maximum Good

Exercise – Get started now

  • Try a self-visualization technique before starting a new activity
  • Create a vision board
  • Write and read daily affirmations
  • Write and read short and long term goals
  • Search online for examples of other self-visualization techniques that you can do daily

Throughout the Maximum Good series, I will present several exercises. Some are going to be new for you and others will be familiar. Try self-visualizing success before you start any one of them give them. Try thinking positively about a successful outcome before we try each activity.

Think positively that you’re going to have a good day today.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

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Introduction To Maximum Good

Introduction To Maximum Good

This article is part of a series which is being expanded into a publication. The primary focus is Maximum Good, the changes we make that improve creativity, quality of life, and community. Follow along at sidearts.com/blog.

Welcome to Maximum Good! This series is about professional development through community engagement. Specifically, how to use your skills and talents to best benefit yourself while helping your community at the same time.

My name is Todd Hestand and I am the founder of Side Arts, a content management service for visual artists and arts organizations. I am also a business management consultant specializing in marketing, operations, and supply chains for consumer goods and industrial manufacturing. In my role as the Manager for the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy, a Philadelphia-area non-profit, I work directly with artists of all kinds – disciplines, experiences, nationalities, gender identities, and ages – to help them realize their creative visions.

This series will review topics that many artists encounter as they learn how to market their skills and build their businesses. I have addressed these concepts frequently with my own clients. Together we have created solutions that benefit them, their bottom line, and their craft. Hard skills will include marketing, budgets, and contracts. Soft skills will focus on personal goal setting and understanding why you do what you do, and how you can move past personal roadblocks. Importantly, each of these skills will be tied to how you can improve your community for maximum good.

Themes throughout Maximum Good

  • Change the defaults: what are the smallest possible changes you can make to your creative process that will have the largest impact
  • Identify innovation: what unique characteristics do you have that will help you engage with your audience and improve your community
  • Build positive habits: what systems can you build that, by automating the smallest possible tasks, can make risk so much easier to address
  • Architect choice: how can you give your audience and community the maximum number of options of engaging with you so that they feel empowered
  • Understand privilege: identifying what privilege is and how it impacts your work, show empathy, and act accordingly to address issues positively in your community

Introduction To Maximum Good
Things to keep in mind

I will be giving you tools that you can use and try out at your discretion. Some will be activities and worksheets, others will be thought experiments and case studies to review. All of which should be designed to be easily approachable. Keep in mind that one size does not fit all. Some activities may not be applicable to you. There is no set order to participate. You should feel that you can jump in anywhere that interests you.

None of these topics are presented perfectly. There is always room for improvement. Feedback and suggestions are welcome at mail@sidearts.com.

Follow along by subscribing to the YouTube channel and read more at sidearts.com/blog.


Todd Hestand is the Founder of Side Arts, as well as a classically-trained musician, singer, and artist. For over eight years, he has been the Manager of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy in Philadelphia. The Center provides professional development support in the form of grants, courses, lectures, and individual consulting for creatives. For over eight years, he has developed programming and taught programs at The University of the Arts, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, the Business Resource and Innovation Center at the Free Library of Philadelphia, and several Philadelphia area non-profit arts and community development organizations.

To receive updates on this publication and other resources, click here to create a free account on Side Arts.

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Demarest Place Walkway Mural – Call For Artists

Demarest Place Walkway Mural – Call For Artists

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative, the Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT), and the Hackensack Main Street Alliance are seeking an artist or artist team for the Demarest Place Walkway Mural. Design and paint a mural at 135 Main Street on the corner of Demarest Place in Hackensack, NJ.

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Deadline: 6 Jul 2018

Demarest Place is a unique pedestrian walkway, crossing Main Street, between the Atlantic Street bus stop and the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC). This year, the CAT is focusing on activating the site through the arts via a large-scale Demarest Place Walkway Mural. Alexander Anderson Real Estate Group has granted permission to use the north side wall of its building at 135 Main Street, on the corner of Demarest.

This art application is a recommendation based on the outcomes of the Hackensack Strategy Lab, a joint initiative of the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking and the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative, held at Demarest Place on October 17, 2017. Fifty members of Hackensack and surrounding communities collaborated to brainstorm ideas of art, physical elements (lighting, seating), and cultural programming to create an enlivened and beautified public walkway that would serve as an attractive gateway to Main Street from the bus terminal and the HACPAC.

Hackensack, NJ is going through a major renaissance and redevelopment. The city believes the arts plays an essential role in bringing positive change that will better all who live, work, and visit there. Demarest Place is a unique pedestrian walkway that the city is working to transform into a public space for the arts. The selected artist has an opportunity to showcase his/her creative vision on the wall of a prominent building that can be seen from Main Street. It will be viewed by hundreds of passers-by from the new Performing Arts Center and bus station.

One artist or artist team will be selected for the Demarest Place Walkway Mural. The selected artist or team will be paid $9,600 in total for the project, including supplies, planning meeting, design, wall preparation, painting, and sealing of the mural.

About Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Initiative has been partnering with the City of Hackensack, the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance, and its Creative Arts Team for three years to integrate arts and culture into the city’s redevelopment plans. Together they have accomplished many creative placemaking projects that are enlivening the city through the arts: The Main Gateway Mural Project, Art on a Stick, Interactive Arts Village, and the Utility Art Box Project. They want to make Hackensack a more vibrant place where the arts and artists flourish and community is made stronger.

The Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT) is a group of artists, merchants, organizational leaders, and public officials working to implement 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 CAT works to identify projects that will move forward the Creative Vision Statement it drafted with the input of various members and sectors of the community.

For more information, contact artsbergen@nnjcf.org.

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Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site – Call For Artists

Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site – Call For Artists

Fresh Coast Capital and their affiliated non-profit, Fresh Coast Communities, announces a call for artists for Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site. The former Bear Brand Hosiery Factory (205 East 21st Avenue) is a historic, ~3 acre brownfield located in Gary, Indiana. While in business, the Bear Brand Hosiery Factory manufactured women’s stockings, and as World War II began, transitioned to making parachutes for troops overseas. Finally in 1965, the factory closed and stood victim to decay and neglection. In partnership with Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit, Fresh Coast Communities will bring together residents and public leadership around integrating an innovative phytoremediation and green redevelopment project to revitalize the demolished factory site and minimize stormwater runoff.

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Deadline: 29 Jun 2018

As part of the effort to create a welcoming and restful parklike site where residents can walk and reflect on the city’s past, present, and potential future, Fresh Coast Communities is seeking local artists and muralists to help bring pride and life back to the site. This is a great opportunity to make a difference, raise awareness about the former factory, and demonstrate the commitment to revitalize the city of Gary. Fresh Coast Communities seeks artists to produce three large murals to be anchored to a split-rail fence and one three-dimensional interpretive sign showcasing the bioremediation process taking place on the site.

Reimagining The Bear Brand Hosiery Factory Site Artist Benefits

One (1) 3D Interpretative Project Sign: One finalist will be selected to illustrate the bioremediation and stormwater runoff management currently underway on the project site. He/She will be awarded $1000 and materials and installation costs will be covered separately by Fresh Coast Capital up to $1500. Size is negotiable depending on vision, but must be accomplished within budget. A detailed description of the bioremediation work currently underway on the site will be provided to the finalist to assist in preparing draft art proposal submission.

Three (3) Large-Scale Fence-Mounted Murals: Three mural concepts will be selected to demonstrate themes 1-3 described above. Murals should be 4 X 6. He/She will be awarded $500. Materials, construction, and installation expenses will be covered separately by Fresh Coast Communities.

Depending on art project, muralists will have the opportunity to interview former factory employees and community residents individually for art narrative interpretation. A resource guide outlining all three themes will be provided to finalists to assist in preparing art proposal submissions.

About Fresh Coast Communities

Fresh Coast Communities is a national nonprofit that helps cities get the most good out of green infrastructure through community education and demonstration projects; holistic green infrastructure planning; co-benefits programs and partnerships; and workforce development programs.

It is an independently-governed affiliate of Fresh Coast Capital, a green infrastructure delivery partner that helps cities build high-impact green infrastructure at scale, in partnership with the community.

For more information, contact itsgeneseleach@gmail.com.

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East Village NYC Mural – Call For Artists

East Village NYC Mural – Call For Artists

El Sol Brillante, a community garden on 12th Street between Avenues A and B in New York’s East Village, is seeking artists to create a mural along the back wall of the garden.

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Deadline: 1 Jul 2018

When the garden was first incorporated, a trompe l’oeil mural along the back wall depicted lines of crops extending back into the vanishing point. For years, that mural was the symbol of the garden until subsequent construction resulted in its partial demolition. The new mural should capture the spirit of the original: the infinitely renewing power and energy of nature extending outward from the garden.

A committee of garden members will meet to determine which proposals mesh best with the garden’s values and aesthetic. They will forward those proposals for consideration to the membership of the garden which will vote to determine the final project at a garden meeting.

The garden has received a grant providing for a $250 commission for the artist plus all needed supplies. An additional commission may be available. Include a proposed commission in the proposal.

About El Sol Brillante Jr Community Garden

The garden is a center of community life on 12th street, providing a haven from the hustle city life. It is a place where numerous plants flourish. The garden is a center of artistic activity, from music and dance performances to the Garden of Earthly Delights wrought iron fence created by Julie Dermansky in 1994.

For more information, contact davidgeorgeschultz@gmail.com.

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Mural Festival – Call For Artists

Mural Festival – Call For Artists

The ViBe Creative District is seeking ten artists to complete ten murals at ten locations within the Virginia Beach arts district for this Spring’s mural festival. All locations fall within the district boundaries.

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Deadline: 16 Mar 2018

Artists must be United States residents and be 18 years of age or older. Artists may submit up to four samples of past completed mural projects or proposed new designs for murals (or a combination of both). Exact locations of murals will be shared with selected artists after submissions are reviewed and artists are paired with property owners. Design concepts may need to be amended by the artist to fit the necessary dimensions of the walls/buildings.

Mural Festival Artist Benefits

The ViBe Creative District will award a $3,000 stipend to each of the ten artists for their time and talent. They will provide up to $1,000 per mural for paint/materials to complete the project. Other equipment will be accommodated when possible, including ladders or lifts. Artists will be credited with signature mural, signage for two years at each mural location, listing on ViBe Creative District website and social media, and credit with link to artists’ website on ViBe Mural Map. Artists will be welcomed to participate in several events or educational programs hosted in conjunction with the mural festival. The ViBe Creative District will promote the mural festival and all artists via press releases sure to garner multiple articles in both print and digital media.

About ViBe Creative District

ViBe Creative District was established by a group of concerned individuals and local businesses to attract creative industries to a section of the Virginia Beach oceanfront area that desperately needed revitalizing. On April 21, 2015, the City of Virginia Beach established the boundary of the District by ordinance and declared it “an arts and cultural district and technology zone” with incentives established by the Virginia General Assembly in 2009. The ViBe Creative District’s purpose is to serve as a vibrant center for the arts, culture, and technology, and to support artists, technical, and creative businesses to help them flourish and cross-pollinate. The intent is to foster creativity where artisans live and work. It serves to provide an opportunity for a sense of discovery for visitors and residents, enhance the quality of life for citizens, and stimulate economic development and real estate values.

On June 13, 2016, the Friends of the Creative District (FCD) became an affiliate organization with a purpose to support the efforts of the District businesses and non-profit efforts. Three members of the FCD sit on the ViBe non-profit Board to represent the businesses and arts within the District. Members of the FCD pay dues to have voting authority on decisions made within the group and a participation fee to be included on the ViBe website and social media marketing.

For more information, contact info@vibecreativedistrict.org.

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Public Art Installations – Call For Artists

Public Art Installations – Call For Artists

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) seeks creative proposals for public art installations. Proposed artwork will be installed on either a wall space or traffic box.

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Deadline: 8 Sept 2017

All artists interested in participating in this program must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the Request for Proposal (RFP). It is a competitive process allowing all artwork and artists an equal opportunity to be selected.

Chosen artists will create public art installations within the Central Avenue shopping district in the Jersey City Heights. The artist with the winning mural design(s) will receive agreed monetary compensation and be featured on the Jersey City Heights’ website. Media exposure may include an interview or presentation at a press conference. Jersey City, NJ has a vibrant artist community. The new art installation will be centrally located in Hudson County.

This public art installations program is organized and administered by the CASID and made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the national Endowment of the Arts. It is administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

About The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

The mission of the Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) is to guide and promote the positive social growth and economic revitalization occurring in the City of Jersey City. It provides supplemental management, maintenance, and improvements to the Central Avenue business district. It is also known as the “Central Avenue Special Improvement District” (Central Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and North Street).

Formed in 1992 by municipal ordinance, the CASID was one of the first Special Improvement Districts in the State. It was the first of six in Jersey City. CASID was initiated by the efforts of involved business leaders and commercial property owners within the district. It functions as a public/ private partnership between the City of Jersey City and private stakeholders to supplement, not substitute, government services. Such services include, but are not limited to, administration, marketing, maintenance, capital improvements, and other operations. An elected board of seven (7) trustees from within the district volunteers their valued time to govern the CASID.

In a traditional neighborhood setting, there is a sensitive relationship between local commerce and the surrounding population. One can not thrive without the other. For this reason, it is imperative to be a key player in the community and take a general interest in local matters to better advocate on behalf of our main street community. With over 450 united members (defined as commercial property owners and/ or commercial tenants of assessed properties within the district), the CASID is one of the strongest business organizations in the City. The CASID works alongside community leaders, civic organizations, and elected officials. They guide the growth of Jersey City and its highly valued traditional neighborhood quality in the Heights.

For more information, contact dd@jcheights.com.

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