CAMDEN, N.J. – Officials from the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), and Rutgers—Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) are looking for artists to contribute to the “A New View” project
Camden was given $1 million from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Challenge to start “A New View,” which will transform spots throughout the city associated with illegal dumping into art spaces.
“’A New View’ is all about envisioning a future for the city, with art playing a central role in reinforcing Camden as a place for creativity and innovation. We’re so excited to start the process of selecting talented artists to transform spaces which were previously plagued by illegal dumping. Partnering with artists, our city will reclaim these public spaces, and showcase how art can make a space more dynamic, attract community, and change neighborhood perception,” Camden Mayor Frank Moran said. “The sites chosen for the project have long been dumping grounds, literally or figuratively, and while we’ve started the process of cleaning them up, ‘A New View’ will transform them and generate more interest among community members and visitors to explore different Camden neighborhoods.”
The six sites for temporary public art are located along major transportation corridors in the Camden neighborhoods of North Camden, Gateway, Whitman Park, and East Camden, along the PATCO Speedline, NJ Transit’s River Line, and Camden GreenWay.
The City, CFP, and RCCA welcome applications from visual and performing artists with a track record of demonstrating their ability to work at a scale commensurate with outdoor sites, using materials, spaces, and time in a transformative way to reinforce the perception of the city as a place of creative possibility. Local artists are encouraged to apply, especially those who have had experience with meaningful community engagement in the creation or interpretation of artwork. Grant funding will be used to support the temporary installations as well as programming throughout the end of the project in October 2020.
“Rutgers–Camden is excited to lead the process in generating the public artwork that will drive forward ‘A New View,’” Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of Rutgers University–Camden said. “Our Center for the Arts has a long history of success in helping to transform lives and neighborhoods through our arts education programs. We look forward to leveraging this incredible opportunity from Bloomberg Philanthropies to create amazing new spaces for families and neighborhoods across our city.”
In a few weeks, members from the project planning team will reach out to Camden residents to talk about the importance of public art in the city and how they can participate in the project.
Artist application instructions along with more details on the project and criteria to participate will be available at ANEWVIEWCAMDEN.com. The deadline for applications is August 28, 2019. Site installations are planned for early 2020, with programs planned for spring/summer 2020.