Questions about Atlantic City's Arts District

It’s been over a year since I first heard about a proposed arts district in Atlantic City as part of the new Tourism District. Except for a focus group meeting at the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s (CRDA) Atlantic City boardroom in September of 2010 and a meeting at Dante Hall this past June, little has been said about it publicly. We know a project this size can take years to reach fruition but new information has been slow coming and maybe because of this, enthusiasm has somewhat waned, especially amongst individual artists. No one seemed to know where things stood. A parking garage that is supposed to house arts related businesses is near completion and no word so far on which businesses that will be.

So we asked Jeremy Sunkett, Director of Project Management for the CRDA, to sit down with ArtC to answer some questions about the proposed arts district. Jeremy, as usual, agreed and he spoke for over an hour with ArtC’s Sal Emma at CRDA’s office in Atlantic City on September 27th, to discuss where the project stands now and where it seems to be headed. Below is an edited version of that interview. An audio version of the entire conversation will be posted soon for those who may be interested.

In the very short time since this interview, Jeremy has left the CRDA and a new director, John Palmieri, has started work there. How this affects the proposed arts district is anyone’s guess. If we find out anything, we’ll let you know. I do know many individual artists, some gallery owners and arts related organizations, are still interested in being involved if it does happen. Let’s hope they get that chance. Thanks for listening.

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