Model Arts Programs in New Jersey: Creative Events Helping Communities Thrive

West Hall mural project of Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 17, 2014; Photo: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics . Courtesy of DO AC

By Andrea Karen Hammer

Recent research indicates that the arts enhance overall health and well-being. In addition, numerous studies from Americans for the Arts show that the arts have a positive impact on the economy.

Model arts organizations in New Jersey have developed programs that integrate all of these benefits. With calendars full of creative special events, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation are leaders helping their communities thrive.


Founded in 1992, the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA) is committed to strengthening non-profit arts, history and cultural organizations within southern New Jersey’s eight counties. With more than 120 members, SJCA offers events to enrich individuals of all ages and backgrounds through arts, history and culture–helping communities thrive in a creative economy.


The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is the cornerstone of the Arts District in Atlantic City, providing education, resources for emerging artists and special events.  The Arts Garage houses artist studios, galleries, shops, a café and a flexible workshop/classroom. It includes a 1,200-square- foot satellite gallery of The Noyes Museum of Art and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey.


Atlantic City Arts Foundation increases public access to the arts and community arts education. Through programs that raise awareness about the value arts and culture, Atlantic City Arts Foundation contributes to economic development, civic engagement and community well-being.

Atlantic City Arts Foundation’s flagship program, in partnership with Stockton University, is 48 Blocks AC. For 48 hours in June, 48 art projects span the 48 blocks of Atlantic City. Community members create projects, participate in planning and engage in programming spotlighting the artistic talents, creativity, community, culture and history of Atlantic City.

West Hall mural project of Historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on April 17, 2014; Photo: Tom Briglia/PhotoGraphics. Courtesy of DO AC

Here are details about upcoming events:

48 Blocks AC

To kick off 48 Blocks AC, a ticketed fundraising event will be held at Bourré Atlantic City, 201 S. New York Avenue.

Public art projects will be situated throughout Atlantic City. Free and open to all residents and visitors!

Spread the word, and sign up now for the events requiring registration. Check back soon for more exciting news and details about special events in New Jersey!

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Andrea Karen Hammer is the founder, director and owner of Artsphoria Publishing, Media Group & Shop ( Artsphoria Event Advertising & Reporting (; Artsphoria International Magazine (; Artsphoria: Arts, Business & Technology Center (; Artsphoria Movie Reviews & Film Forum (; Artsphoria: Food for the Soul (; Artsphoria's Animation & Imagination World ( and Artsphoria Shop ( She is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer who has published articles in international publications.