It’s been awhile since I’ve done a blog but it doesn’t mean we at ArtC haven’t been busy and this week especially is a very busy week for ArtC and for the artists and arts of our region. Let’s hope it’s also productive.
First, we are still putting the final touches on our Art Spirit documentary which premiere’s Tuesday night at the Levoy Theater in Millville. Since the theater holds almost 700 people, I’m sure there’s still time to buy a ticket. For more info go to: http://www.levoy.net
Then I just found out late Thursday afternoon that ArtC has been invited to do a 5-10 minute presentation to the New Jersey Assembly Tourism and Arts Committee this Wednesday (September 19th) at Dante Hall in Atlantic City. We also have a private meeting with Assemblyman Brown at 10 am. We asked Assemblyman Brown’s office last week to send out an email to the many artists who told me they knew nothing about this meeting and to their credit, they did.. The meeting however has been moved from 2 pm to 11 am. When I asked why, I was told that’s how it goes with these things. Obviously these people are not self-employed or if they are, they have forgotten how difficult it is to change a schedule for most of us. Many of you have told me for various reasons you won’t be able to make it and in all honesty, I can understand. I’ll be looking for those who do make it.
There are several meetings with Lance Fung Collaboratives scheduled for this week. One is Monday night from 6-8 pm and the other is Wednesday night, which is strictly for artists. Both are at Stockton’s Carnegie Library in Atlantic City. I spoke with Lance’s coordinator Layman Lee on Thursday night and she has promised more info. It seems they are looking for local and regional artists to help with their future projects in Atlantic City. They have a review panel that will meet with artists on Wednesday night but you must submit your website to them for review by Monday, which is of course tomorrow. If anyone is interested, let me know and I will forward more details. No word on whether the artists will be paid or not.
Also, on Wednesday afternoon, ArtC and Lennox Warner of Yellowbird Arts are meeting with the CRDA and ACMUA to hopefully finalize plans for a proposed design for the water tower at the base of Route 30 coming into Atlantic City. This project has been in the works for quite some time. ArtC will also be providing a documentary by Frank Weiss recording the process.
And Thursday night, ArtC is getting together with two regional artists to discuss a future project that could be really big. I can’t say anymore about it at this moment.
On the 25th, ArtC will be meeting with Cynthia Lambert from the South Jersey Cultural Alliance and Jim Atkinson from Discover Jersey Arts to discuss how ArtC fits in with their future plans and to make some suggestions that will hopefully improve the promotion of the arts in south Jersey. As most of you already know, change happens very slowly with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, especially when it comes to south Jersey. We hope this is another step in the right direction. We are not giving up.
Thanks for listening.