EAP Declared Winner of Downtown NJ Excellence Award
This year, the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership (EAP) was chosen to receive Downtown NJ's Excellence award for "Excellence in Placemaking".

Over the past few years, the EAP collaborated with Elizabeth Public School art students and local artists to bring dramatic changes to an urban downtown through art, murals, and wooden holiday decorations that helped to transform this bustling urban hub into an art-walk. The first installation occurred in November 2017, when 15 schools were chosen to create decorative life-like wooden Toy Soldiers to be placed in the district's center square for the holiday season in time for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

This initiative has continued with seasonal motifs of decorative wooden Scarecrows in the fall, Snowmen in the winter, and colorful wooden flower decorations in the spring. The second installation occurred in April 2018, after a 2-year process of acquiring and choosing renderings from students in Grades 8-12 to transform drab traffic boxes along Elizabeth Avenue. Finally, the EAP worked with local artists to paint decorative murals along Elizabeth Avenue.