CAMDEN, NJ — Calling all creative minds looking to help shape the vision for a changing Camden.
A request for proposal released today through the city, Cooper's Ferry Partnership and Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts seeks to find artists to contribute to the community social impact initiative, "A New View."
The project grew out of a $1 million award as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.
“A New View" will transform sites once marked by illegal dumping into dynamic art spaces, bringing back residents and attracting visitors. 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.
“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,” Mayor Frank Moran said in a statement. “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.”
Artist application instructions and more details on the project and criteria to participate will be available at www.ANEWVIEWCAMDEN.com. The deadline to apply is Aug. 28. Site installations are planned for early 2020, with programs scheduled for spring/summer 2020.
The project team is hoping for visual and performing artists with a track record of working at a scale on the level of outdoor sites. Local artists are encouraged to enter, especially those who have experience with community engagement in the creation or interpretation of artwork.
The temporary installations and related programming will be supported by grant funding through the end of the project in October 2020.
“The arts have always played a role in empowering people to believe in the promise and potential of creativity. Camden is not only a fantastic place for creating vision, it’s a great place for artist live/work spaces. This project, we hope, is the start of a bigger vision for what the city can be,” said curator Kimberly Camp, a Camden native.
In the coming weeks, members of the project team will also be reaching out to Camden residents to talk about the importance of public art in reshaping the city's image, and how they can participate in the project.