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Can Camden Turn Lemons Into Lemonade?

originally published: 07/24/2018

Can Camden Turn Lemons Into Lemonade?

On July 18, the City of Camden was named as one of the 14 finalists for the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge. The Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies.

Camden’s bid is truly the Jersey equivalent of turning lemons into lemonade.  

The City of Camden proposes transforming lots currently used for illegal dumping along major transportation highways into spaces with arts programming. Spaces located along the city’s downtown transit hub will be converted into multi-purpose community forums to host art installations and provide a visual narrative to the more than 65,000 people who travel through Camden daily.

The title of the proposal is: “Transforming Illegal Dumping Lots into Arts Space: ‘A New View.’

Bloomberg Philanthropies received over 200 applications for the 2018 Public Art Challenge and will select at least three winners from among the 14 finalists to execute their projects in the fall.  The other finalists include: Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Coral Springs, FL; El Paso, TX; Holyoke, MA; Honolulu, HI; Jackson, MS; Miami-Dade County, FL; Santa Rosa, CA; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; and Tulsa, OK.



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Up to $1 million will be awarded for selected projects. The grant may not be used to fund 100% of project costs. The grant is intended to provide catalytic funds as part of a strong, committed group of supporters for each project.  Grant funds will be available for development and execution of the project over a maximum of 24 months following the announcement of final awards.

The Public Art Challenge is open to U.S. cities with at least 30,000 residents. Lead Applicant Applications must be submitted by the mayor or chief executive of the host city on behalf of a collaboration between the city and an artist and/or arts organization.

The Challenge looks for innovative public art projects with potential for a positive impact on the host city.  Projects must show evidence of technical feasibility of the project idea and its implementation.  Budgets, capacity to leverage other sources of support, and marketing plans are taken into account as well.  Plus they need to see proof of clear, specific partnership between local government and artists and/or arts organizations and a commitment to evaluating outcomes.

The Public Art Challenge is a part of Mike Bloomberg’s American Cities Initiative, an effort to help U.S. cities generate innovation and advance policy.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Program works to showcase the potential of artists to act as civic leaders, drawing attention to and encouraging dialogue around pressing problems. The Public Art Challenge, founded to further this work, supports temporary public art projects that engage communities and enrich the quality of life in cities. 

The program, launched in 2014 and announced the first round of winning teams in 2015 - Los Angeles, California; Gary, Indiana; Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, New York (a collaborative project). Their projects, which all opened in 2016, spurred civic leaders and residents, as well as local nonprofits and businesses, to work together to advance solutions to critical urban challenges such as abandoned properties, environmental sustainability, community-police relations, and creative sector economic development.

“The Public Art Challenge brings people together to look at issues from new perspectives and uncover new solutions. The winning projects from the first competition all made a real and lasting impact in their cities,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City.






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(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and local artists will return to the Farmers Market in Summit after a successful outing that captivated attendees in July. During that outing, visitors to the Art Center’s tent were asked to participate in a shared vision board and were given instruction on how to create mandala drawings. On Sunday, August 19, from 8:00am–1:00pm, artists Nan Ring and Asha Ganpat will further engage the community in discussions about artistic process while creating and displaying original artwork.
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On July 18, the City of Camden was named as one of the 14 finalists for the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge. The Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies.

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The Walsh Gallery Presents "Seeing Red"

The Walsh Gallery Presents "Seeing Red"

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University’s South Orange campus presents “Seeing Red” from September 4 through October 20, 2018. The exhibit examines the many artistic, cultural, political and religious connotations of the color red using books, works on paper, religious items, textiles and artworks of various mediums.


Visual Arts Center of New Jersey  Returns to the Summit Farmers Market in August

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Returns to the Summit Farmers Market in August

(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and local artists will return to the Farmers Market in Summit after a successful outing that captivated attendees in July. During that outing, visitors to the Art Center’s tent were asked to participate in a shared vision board and were given instruction on how to create mandala drawings. On Sunday, August 19, from 8:00am–1:00pm, artists Nan Ring and Asha Ganpat will further engage the community in discussions about artistic process while creating and displaying original artwork.


BSB Gallery presents "Love Is The Message" an exhibit by Jamel Shabazz

BSB Gallery presents "Love Is The Message" an exhibit by Jamel Shabazz

(TRENTON, NJ) -- BSB Gallery presents "Love Is The Message" - an exhibit by Jamel Shabazz from August 9 through September 22, 2018.  The exhibit highlights the works of documentary, fashion, and street photographer Jamel Shabazz from 1980-2018. A special opening reception with the artist is planned for August 25th from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Shabazz is also scheduled to conduct an Artist Talk on Saturday, September 8 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. 


Ocean Galleries Welcomes Autumn de Forest Over Labor Day Weekend

Ocean Galleries Welcomes Autumn de Forest Over Labor Day Weekend

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) -- Autumn de Forest has been professionally painting since she was five-years-old, has been called a child prodigy, artistic genius, and an outstanding role model, and has garnered accolades across the globe for her artwork and philanthropic passion, including an award from The Vatican. Ocean Galleries will welcome Autumn de Forest back to Stone Harbor over Labor Day weekend with an all new collection of paintings.








Event calendar
Saturday, Aug 18, 2018


MUSIC

90s By Nature Dance Party @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 10:00pm

BALLYHOO! @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 5:00pm

ZEBRA @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 9:00pm

Blake Shelton @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

Legendary Beatles Recording Engineer Geoff Emerick @ The Vault at Victor Records , Berlin - 8:00pm


HAIR in Concert @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 10:00pm

AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE! 2018 @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

Billy Walton Band with Joe D'Angelo @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 8:00pm

REMEMBERING THE KING @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

Funky Feat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Fuel (20th Anniversary Tour) w/ Ropetree, New Theory @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 6:00pm

Ronnie Penque’s Panama Dead @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Saturday Night Fever @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

The Lion In Winter @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 8:00pm

Fern Hill @ New Jersey Repertory Company, Long Branch - 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Bob Goss and his Silver Sizzles @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 8:00pm

Shakespeare in the Park' Twelfth Night & Macbeth @ Various Bergen County Parks, Teaneck - 7:00pm



COMEDY

HASAN MINHAJ: BEFORE THE STORM @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 7:00pm and 9:30pm

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