Montclair Explores Arts As Magnet For Growth and Development (Updated)

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 9:16am

Jean Holtz, VP of Devco, Paul Silverman, Principal, "Silverman", Jersey City, NJ, Lora S. Urbanelli, Montclair Art Museum, Luther Flurry, Montclair Center BID and moderator,  Sharon Burton Turner.

Jean Holtz, VP of Devco, Paul Silverman, Principal, “Silverman”, Jersey City, NJ, Lora S. Urbanelli, Montclair Art Museum, Luther Flurry, Montclair Center BID and moderator, Sharon Burton Turner.

More than 50 residents turned out for a panel discussion at last Wednesday night’s meeting of HOMECorp, at 73 See Gallery, 73 Pine Street. The discussion and Q & A focused on how art and artists, of all kinds, are a magnet for growth and development.

Says Montclair BID’s Luther Flurry: “The energy was great, and enthusiasm was high. When the event ended, instead of breaking up, many attendees started conversations and brainstorming which continued for almost an hour.”

One or more coalition or partnership or initiative will grow out of this, says Flurry, with goals of generating excitement for the MAC and more broad support for public art and public places.

“One of the telling comments I heard was, that for all of the art and artiness in Montclair, you cannot tell we are a creative community by walking down our streets,” says Flurry. “This is a bit of an exaggeration, but underscores some of the opportunities in Montclair Center.

Photo: Michael Reitman

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Mikie Sherill has been holding lots of meetings all over the district. Seriously, she's been everywhere since she declared. And from what I can tell, she's doing a nice job getting to know the people out in Morris, Passaic, etc.

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