“When you want to repress or take away freedoms in a society, the first thing you do is take away its culture,”

An insightful article about creative placemaking and what it sets out to achieve.

Who has been behind the large increase in financial support for and attention to what has been termed “creative placemaking” over the past couple years, and why? “Not every community is lucky enough to be anchored by a hospital or a waterfront. But every community has artists,” says Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America. “It’s the one asset already present in every community.”Jason Schupbach, director of design programs for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), agrees. “When you want to repress or take away freedoms in a society, the first thing you do is take away its culture,” he says. “It is a representation of people, and it matters to people. Every community has artists, has culture, and many artists have [the] capacity to help people think about a future and how it could be different.” Artists have supported movements for social change and the building of healthy communities for thousands of years. But around the early part of this decade a few things happened that launched an intentional look at how arts and culture work could be harnessed for place-based goals.

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It Is Up To Us

As who know, Atlantic City is plagued with the sport of political football. In this arena there are so many interest groups bribing there way into the money well. We, as a community,  point fingers and at times raise a voice or two. This strategy must stop. It is up to each of us to get involved. Find solutions. Establish relationships. In a city rich with culture, this becomes the torch to guide us.

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Next Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit focuses on sustainability, social equity and partnerships

Thriving Together, the next Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit, will focus on how creative placemaking can improve quality of life for disadvantaged people, successful partnerships, and maintaining and growing creative placemaking over the long term.

The all-day event will be Friday, May 5, 2017, at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, NJ. Registration and more information will be available in January.

Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits bring together people from many different fields — arts, public affairs, urban planning, real estate development and more — to explore ways to make communities better through arts and culture.  The Summit offers ‘how-to’ information through workshops, presentations, and other formats.  There is also plenty of time to build your network of creative placemakers.


Oceanside Family Success Center to Hold Free Family Art Exhibit

The Downtown Oceanside Family Success Center will partner with the Noyes Arts Garage and Anchor Arts to host a Free Family Art Exhibit on Thursday, October 13th.  The exhibit will be held at the Noyes Arts Garage from 5:00PM to 7:00PM.
Artwork created by local individuals and families will be on display throughout the event, and refreshments will be provided.  Participants will also have the opportunity to get involved in a community art project in Arts Alley with other local residents and attendees.
“This is an opportunity for local individuals and families to display their creativity, to meet other local families, and to create something beautiful together!” said Oceanside FSC Program Director Chrissy Reamer.  “We are grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the Noyes Arts Garage and Anchor Arts for this great community event.”
The event is free to all attendees, and free transportation will be available to and from the Noyes Arts Garage.  Attendees will be picked up via jitney at 4:45PM at the Center, 3201 Atlantic Avenue, and will be dropped back off from 6:45PM through 7:15PM.
The Noyes Arts Garage is located at 2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401

.  To register for the event and transportation, or to find out more information, individuals and families can call the Oceanside Family Success Center at 609-594-4990.

The Next Chapter: The Art of Covenant House Youth

The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is pleased to host another Second Friday event on September 9, 2016 from 6pm until 8pm. The Second Friday reception will be celebrating The Art of Covenant House Youth.
In January of 2016 the youth of Covenant House began gathering weekly in an art group. For many of these young men and women, it was their first time touching a brush to canvas. Yet despite their lack of experience, amazing things began to happen and powerful imagery emerged. An artist’s work is always a reflection of the stories that they have lived, each piece a glimpse into the experiences that molded them. The work presented here is the product of young men and women who have experienced more of life’s struggle in their few short years than most of us will encounter in long lifetimes. Their stories are written on these walls. Despite the challenges life has sent them, we find that the tale told here is predominantly one of hope. The spirit of these youth is stronger than circumstance, greater than trial, and more powerful than any difficulty that they’ve encountered. On these walls you will find a story of light emerging from darkness, of brighter days and blossoming futures. This art is the next chapter in the lives of these young men and women, and in this chapter, the heroes start to win.
Quick Stats—Crisis & Community Services Center (Atlantic City, 2014)
  • 54% of residents were assisted in obtaining jobs making above minimum wage
  • 239 legal cases handled for youth by our Youth Advocacy Center with 205 favorably resolved cases
  • 110 youth received vocational services
  • 113 youth received physicals from our Medical Clinic
Quick Stats—Rights of Passage Transitional Living Program (Atlantic City, 2014):
  • 29 youth received residential services
  • 94% successfully transitioned into a stable living environment
  • 97% consistent youth employment
  • 183 Life Skills classes held (including budgeting, banking, kitchen safety)

Samples of the work created:

Get Healthy in AC

It is amazing how our lives get to be so busy and constantly on the go. Technology drives our every move and thought. Politics, economy and social issues plague our dreams each night. So let’s take a brief moment to reflect that with out a healthy mind, body and spirit, it would be almost near impossible to take on the next day. As a society we need to get back to basics and ground ourselves with what is truly important in this world.  Yoga and mediation are two easy ways to heal the mind and body.  Arts Alley will be providing those opportunities in the next two weeks, so check us out on Facebook.

Atlantic Nests have landed

It is with great enthusiasm that the newest edition to Arts Alley is Atlantic Nests by New Jersey artist Robert Lach. Atlantic Nests is an outdoor sculpture installation to encourage the public to view nature from a new perspective.  This series of interactive art serves as a place for observation and contemplation.  The project will remind local residence and visitors that nature is abundant here, and will serve as a symbol of rebirth and renewal.

The original nest was constructed from materials that washed ashore along the New Jersey Atlantic County coastline and gathered from the Noyes Museum, then molded into these fiberglass sculptures. Reeds, plastic bottles, and detritus were embedded into the sculptures and now can be seen protruding from the surface exposing pieces of these remnant objects. Through this project, I’d like to encourage people to contemplate what home means to them by providing a place to think about nature. I invite you to sit and dwell.

AC Light Show

The Board of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) at its Tuesday meeting approved a measure that will reactivate a popular Boardwalk attraction in time for the height of the summer season.

The CRDA Board agreed to amend the Boardwalk Interactive Lighting Project and a loan agreement with the Atlantic County Improvement Authority (ACIA) for the purpose of bringing back the 3D Light and Sound Show to the Boardwalk this summer. As part of the agreement, the ACIA will operate the equipment and light show, which will appear on the Boardwalk façade of Boardwalk Hall.

“We are pleased to collaborate with the ACIA to activate this great attraction for the summer season on the Boardwalk,” said CRDA Executive Director John Palmieri. “This light and sound show attracts thousands of visitors to the Boardwalk each night and is a tremendous non-gaming attraction in the Tourism District.”

Originally begun in July 2012, the free and family-friendly light and sound shows bring state-of-the-art visual graphics and pulsating music together for a memorable experience that thrills young and old alike.

This is only three blocks down at the other end of the AC Arts District and provides the community and visitors more cultural engagement opportunities for free.

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Take Ownership

One of the most exciting things to happen is having the community take “ownership.”  It is amazing how people from all walks of life come together for a simple project. One such project is the “Capture Atlantic Photowalk, which was recently conducted.  Not only are the images really cool, but the bonding that occurred was even more important. Check out the their blog.