The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission founded in 1972,
recognizes the role of the arts and local history in making our communities dynamic places to live and work.
• We strengthen the cultural framework of Camden County by educating the community about the diverse cultural experiences available to all.
• We support grassroots organizations with funding and technical assistance
• We serve as a clearing house of information and resources for cultural practitioners (artists) and organizations
• We increase and deepen the interactions between cultural practitioners (artists) and Camden County residents
• We promote culture as a vital asset to the County of Camden.
The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College is proud to participate in a variety of yearly cultural and arts events such as the Local Arts Program, National Arts Program, and numerous other art centered programs both throughout the county and on our college campuses.
Local Arts Program
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts provides re-grant funding opportunities through the Local Arts Program. Eligible organizations are New Jersey based 501 (c) 3, which are seeking support for a Camden County based arts program. Each year, applications are accepted from such organizations for funding consideration.
National Arts Program
This county wide arts competition for Camden County artists, employees, and their families is sponsored by the National Arts Program of Malvern, Pennsylvania, which enables the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission to present cash prizes in over 16 categories.
Senior Arts Show
The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission is proud to sponsor art competitions and exhibitions for local artists age 60 and above.
50th Annual Senior Citizens Juried Art Exhibition
Special FREE Admission Concert featuring...
Bria Skonberg Quintet
Sunday, February 21, 2016 — 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Haddonfield United Methodist Church
29 Warwick Road Haddonfield, NJ 08033
A powerhouse combination of emerging talent on the New York jazz scene, the Bria Skonberg Quintet brings its unique spin on traditional jazz to TSJS. Bria has been a TSJS favorite since her first appearance with us in 2008. Her quintet ranges stylistically from New Orleans ensemble jazz to the classic American songbook. According to the Wall Street Journal, Skonberg is “poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” This year she earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of the Year,” and is included in Down Beat magazine’s “Rising Star Critic’s Poll.” Bria was also honored with a NY Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist.” Known for a style rooted in classic jazz, she has assembled a unique group from the US and Canada. The Quintet’s second album, Into Your Own, follows their 2012 So Is The Day, which peaked at #7 on the US National Jazz Charts.
For more information see Bria’s website: www.briaskonberg.com.
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The Power of African American Music To Inspire!Performed by Follow the Drinking Gourd
|Friday, February 26, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
IDEA Performing Arts Center
1 Harbour Blvd., Camden Waterfront
Time-honored African American musical forms and traditions continue to stir the creativity of composers and arrangers. In this intriguing program for voices and piano, the musical group Follow the Drinking Gourd will sample the abundance that’s grown from these amazing roots. They’ll perform spirituals in all kinds of inventive arrangements, from jazz and tango settings to adaptation as anthems of the civil rights marches of the 1960s. Then, the group will show how the blues inspired composers like George Gershwin to write in this style and will follow up with recent takes on ragtime and conjure the virtuosity of bebop jazz. Follow the Drinking Gourd – pianist Diane Goldsmith and singers Ivan Woods and Shannon Hunt - takes its name from the song used to guide slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The group has performed at DC’s Smithsonian Institute and scores of other museums, cultural centers, schools and colleges. Sponsored by Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission