As discussions continue about ways to create a thriving Arts District in the resort, plans have emerged for an Atlantic City Boardwalk Art Show in September.
Presented by the Atlantic City Arts Commission and the Noyes Museum of Art at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, the show scheduled for Sept. 7 will showcase a variety of artwork from local artists. Patrons will have an opportunity to purchase artwork from vendors on the Boardwalk, and artists selected for the show through an application process will be competing for $2,000 in prizes.
Organizers said the show — a nod to Boardwalk art shows that were especially popular in the 1960s and 1970s — is meant to help bolster enthusiasm and awareness of the arts community in Atlantic City.
“Atlantic City is the perfect spot for this show as we have a growing art community as well as a thriving Tourism District. We want to begin to brand Atlantic City as a destination for art and culture,” said Andrea Giannini of the Noyes Museum.
For years there have been discussions about creating an Arts District within Atlantic City’s Ducktown neighborhood. The Tourism District’s Master Plan again reiterated that point. Last year, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, which oversees the Tourism District, signaled its support of the concept by leasing the first floor of The Wave parking garage to the Noyes Museum for an art-retail space meant to anchor the district.
The CRDA is paying for a $1.3 million fit out of that space that is expected to open by September.
While the show isn’t meant to tie into the opening of the retail space at The Wave, organizers do expect to have a preview show at that location, said Giannini, who noted that the Noyes has never before done a show like this. Artists must apply to be in the show by July 1, and a selection committee will decide who is chosen.
Artists can apply with artwork in various mediums including painting, drawing, woodwork, digital art, and jewelry.
Last year, the Atlantic City Alliance, a casino funded marketing coalition, also began focus on an arts presence in the city by transforming vacant eyesore properties into temporary art installations.
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