Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission

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. The Commission was established by the Board of Chosen Freeholders to act as the designated agency in Camden County to receive and administer the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program and the New Jersey Historical Commission County History Partnership Program. These grants programs provide funding for small and emerging non-profit organizations through the Commission’s re-grant program.

The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College is proud to participate in a variety of yearly cultural and arts and local history events such as the Local Arts Program, the County History Partnership Program, the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show, and numerous other arts-centered programs both throughout the county and on our college campuses.

Mission & Goals

The mission of the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College is to help enrich the lives of ALL Camden County residents through arts, history, cultural education, and programming.

Our goals are to:

  • Strengthen the cultural framework of Camden County by educating the community about the diverse cultural experiences available to all
  • Support grassroots organizations with funding and technical assistance
  • Serve as a clearing house of information and resources for cultural practitioners and organizations
  • Increase and deepen the interactions between cultural practitioners and county residents
  • Advocate publicly for culture as a vital asset to the County

Local Arts Program

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts provides re-grant funding opportunities through the Local Arts Program. Eligible organizations are Camden County-based 501 (c) 3, that are seeking support for a Camden County-based arts program. Each year, applications are accepted from such organizations for funding consideration.

Local Arts Program FY19 Application
LAP Guidelines

County History Partnership Program

Through funding provided by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College provides limited funding to grassroots 501(c)(3) history organizations within Camden County which successfully apply.

History Program FY19 Application
History Program Guidelines

Special Request Grants

The Cultural & Heritage Commission maintains a limited portion of its budget for special requests. Special requests are for those situations in which a Camden County non-profit arts or history organization has never before applied to the grant program and/or due to extenuating circumstances was unable to meet the deadline or requirements… A Special Request application can take the form of a simple letter to the Commission describing the organization and the program or event for which funds are being sought. An organization can only receive a Special Request grant once, and future funding from the Commission must be sought through one of its other granting programs. The maximum amount that may be requested through a Special Request is $1,000. Special Request letters should be emailed to Karen Nicholson:

Senior Citizens Art Show Juried Art Contest and Exhibition

The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College invites Camden County residents age 60 and older to submit artwork to the annual Senior Citizens Juried Art Contest & Exhibition. Any senior artist currently residing in New Jersey may submit artwork completed within the last three years. First-place winners at the County level advance to the State Senior Art Show. The competition is open to all professional and non-professional artists. Co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Mercer County’s Division of Culture & Heritage, with support from the NJ Association of Area Agencies on Aging and Meadow Lakes, a Springpoint community, the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show is now in its 52nd year.

Exhibition Dates

July 17 – August 16, 2018

Meet the Artists Reception & Award Ceremony

Tuesday, July 17 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Artwork/Display Rules
  • Hanging artwork, photos or crafts, may be no more than 30” and no less than 10” in any dimension (including matting and framing)
  • Sculpture or 3-D crafts may not exceed 20” in any dimension (measurements must include any base for the sculpture). Work should not exceed 40 pounds in weight.
  • All artwork must be an original creation of the artists. No reproductions (including giclee orother digital copies) of original paintings or mixed media work will be accepted.
  • Works must be delivered to the State Show, “show-ready.” Any 2-D work must be matted, framed and wired (with screw eyes) ready for hanging. Paintings on canvas must be wired for hanging and the edges should be painted or finished, but they do not need to be framed. The 2-D artwork should be protected where necessary with Plexiglas, Mylar, glass or other protective material. All 2-D work must be properly labeled on the back. All 3-D work should have the label lightly attached.
  • Use of Plexiglas, not glass, is strongly recommended for 2-D work to avoid damage to artwork. Plexiglas (not glass) is required or any 2-D piece over 24” in any dimension.

Any entry with a dollar value exceeding $400.00 must be privately insured by the artist – either through their homeowners or rental insurance or through their art rider. The name of that insurance company MUST BE PROVIDED to the State Show administrator.

Every attempt will be made to preserve, secure and protect each entry; however, the sponsoring organizations will not assume responsibility for loss or damages incurred. Entry in the show signifies agreement and compliance with this waiver.

  1. Acrylic Painting
  2. Craft – one-of-a-kind original creations only. No craft kits or molds
  3. Digital (Computer) Art – artwork created using computer graphics software (does not include digital photographs)
  4. Drawing – includes hand-drawn work in mediums including charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, ink, created with a pen, pencil, crayon, charcoal stick, or stylus of some sort.
  5. Mixed Media – art that combines two or more media, no one of which clearly predominates; including collage and assemblage.
  6. Oil Painting
  7. Pastel – includes chalk and oil pastel.
  8. Print – includes all print forms including etching, linoleum block, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, silkscreen, etc.
  9. Photography – includes color, black & white or tinted photographs taken with a film-based or digital camera.
  10. Sculpture – work designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative.
  11. Watercolor – includes gouache.

Note: watercolor paintings with graphite or ink drawings are considered watercolor paintings, not mixed media.

County Eligibility

Any artist, age 60 and above, currently residing in Camden County, New Jersey, may submit one entry completed within the past three years to his or her county exhibit.

The entry may not have been previously entered in a County Senior Citizens Juried Art Show or in the New Jersey State Senior Citizens Art Show. County guidelines reflect those of the State Show.

State Eligibility

Eligible entries winning rst place at the County level are automatically eligible to advance to the State competition. Only County Coordinators may submit work from their County show to the State Senior Art Show. Artists may not submit work themselves to the State show. Participating Counties may submit one professional and one non-professional entry in each of the following categories: acrylics, craft, digital art, mixed media, oil, pastel, photography, print, sculpture, watercolor and works on paper (drawing).

Note: only the first place winners from the County Show are submitted to the State Show.

Artist Classification

Professional: is an artist who meets two or more of these qualifications:

  • Sold artwork through commercial channels (including galleries, on-line galleries, craft shows, art shows, etc.);
  • Has been exhibiting their work for two or more years in professional galleries and/or professional art exhibits;
  • Has had work selected in two or more juried art or craft shows;
  • Has received 2 or more awards for their artwork;
  • Holds (or has held) professional membership in an artists’ or craftsperson’s guild or association;

Artwork Accepted in
The Marlin Gallery

Tuesday, June 26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Artwork may be picked up in
The Marlin Gallery

Monday, August 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday, August 22 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.


All programs and services of the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College are available to every resident of Camden County regardless of limitations. The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College does not discriminate on the basis of disability and makes all reasonable accommodation, at all campus facilities to provide access to all. The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, treatment of, or employment in, its services, programs, and/or other activities. Upon request, accommodation will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in the CCC&HC services, programs, and activities.

The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College is a wheelchair accessible space and will provide assistive services upon request. If you require an accommodation or service please contact the CCC&HC@CCC, 856-374-4945 at least two weeks prior to your scheduled visit.

2018 Grant Award Recipients

Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College Advisory Commission Members

Carrol Stella, President
Stella Sytnik, Vice President
Soley M. Berrios
Vedra D. Chandler
Darcy Cummings
Lydia Hamilton Brown
Michelle Higgins
J. Kenneth Leap
Samir Nichols

Dr. Jacqueline Galbiati, Executive Director
Karen Nicholson, Administrator
Valerie Concordia, Budget Manager
William F. Moen, Jr., County Freeholder Liaison


For information about the CCC&HC @ CCC, contact:

Karen Nicholson, Administrator


Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Camden County College
200 College Drive
Blackwood, NJ 08096

The Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.