The Rahway Arts District
Our most visible current success is the prominent role we've played in creating the new Rahway Arts District that has received national attention, national investment and national imitation.
Rahway's re-development has been cited by the National Endowment for the Arts as representing a "national model for how small cities can re-invent themselves."
The collaboration has positioned Rahway as a center within the New York/North Jersey Metro Area where the visual, performing and cultural arts converge, as a place where artists live and work, as a go-to destination for exceptional dining and unique retail experiences.
Skye Consulting President Jim Kennedy was the chief architect of the Rahway Arts District, from inception to implementation.
And he says, "the model created in Rahway for arts-anchored revitalization can be replicated in a community such as yours."
By focusing on the Arts as the foundation for Rahway's economic revitalization campaign, this post-industrial community of 27,000 was transformed into a thriving arts and arts education hub that features a renovated train station and a plethora of new galleries, concert venues, restaurants, recording and rehearsal studios, four new luxury apartment buildings, affordable housing for artists and the stylish new boutique Hotel Indigo.
Click here to see a PBS video clip on the Rahway revival story and the role of the arts in rejuvenating a local economy.