• Best Practices Workshop - Understanding Audiences

    Understanding Audiences Workshop

    Continuing with their efforts to build the capacity of the Garden State's heritage community, the New Jersey Historical Commission and New Jersey Historic Trust present Understanding Audiences as a part of their Best Practices for Nonprofit History Organizations series.

    Understanding Audiences will be presented by Max von Balgooy, president of Engaging Places, a design and strategy firm that connects people and historic places. In his History News article, "Turning Points: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change” Balgooy writes that the 2008 economic downturn threatened our cultural institutions, but the issue extends beyond the economy. Surveys over the past thirty years by the National Endowment for the Arts indicate that attendance rates have dropped from 37% in 1982 to 25% in 2008. From 2008 to 2012 attendance continued to decline while electronic participation grew and live attendance among multi-ethic audiences has not declined.

    With the changes in attendance rates, demographics and forms of participation, Understanding Audiences will introduce participants to national standards for learning about audiences; explore practices that integrate visitor interests, needs, and motivations into exhibits, programs, and activities; and help participants apply standards to their programs.

    The workshop will be offered Monday, September 22nd from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Middlesex County College in Crabiel Hall. The charge to attend the workshop is $20 and will cover the cost for breakfast and lunch.

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    This is part of a three-part series of engagement workshops that will be offered into 2015. The workshop is presented as a part of the Best Practices for Nonprofit History Organizations series, utilizing the American Association for State and Local History’s Standards and Excellence Program.

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  • Preservation in Practice - October 4, 2014 at Kean University

    Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions
    Kean University – October 4, 2014 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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    This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members as well as being relevant for planning and zoning board members and elected officials. The course provides an in-depth examination of current topics and issues relevant to integrating preservation into community planning and zoning. Focus will be on legal parameters for implementing a commission, conducting an effective public meeting, knowing and using the survey and ordinance to support decision making, in addition to introducing the commission member to vulnerabilities that can impact your ability to protect your resources . Earn continuing education credits and satisfy certified local government requirements for annual training. Cost: $75 includes lunch. Topics to be covered:

    Legal Aspects to Historic Preservation
    Protecting historic character doesn’t just happen all by itself. Our legal expert will present the legal construct for establishing a local historic preservation commission, and elaborate on how historic preservation integrates within the municipal land use zoning.

    Conducting a Public Meeting
    Andrea Tingey will guide commission members through the necessary protocol and procedure for conducting a fair and effective open public meeting. Learn about the personal responsibilities required of a municipally appointed commission member.

    Knowing your Resources - How to Use the Survey
    Decision making that holds up to scrutiny and legal challenge begins by knowing your resources and using your ordinance to ensure consistency. Professional Planner Ed Fox will illustrate why it’s important to continually update your survey and explain how and why discrepancies matter.

    Are Your Historic Resources at Risk? Assessing Vulnerability
    Historic resources can be vulnerable to all kinds of diverse threats. Whether its threat from redevelopment, neglect, impacts from climate change or risk from the next super storm, good stewardship necessitates that municipalities understand what the vulnerabilities may be and learn how to begin planning for the future.

    Where to Look for Help
    Need help? Looking for guidance? Andrea Tingey will acquaint participants with the plethora of organizations, websites, and educational opportunities that are publicly available to help with protecting and enhancing the special qualities existing within your community.

    Edward E. Fox III, PP, AICP, Regional Planning coordinator for the Burlington County Bridge Commission, Department of Economic Development and Regional Planning
    Dorothy P. Guzzo, Executive Director, NJ Historic Trust
    Andrea Tingey, Certified Local Government Coordinator, NJ Historic Preservation Office
    Janine Bauer, Szaferman, Lakind, Blumstein & Blader, PC

    For more information:
    Jonathan Mercantini, Ph.D., Chair, Department of History, Kean University
    (908) 737-0258

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