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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Camden County Teen Arts Festival
The Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College is pleased to announce the re-introduction of the Camden County Teen Arts Festival for all Camden County high school students. Due to COVID-19-related school closures and restrictions on public gatherings, the 2020 Teen Arts Festival was transformed into the Teen Arts Virtual Showcase. Visit the Teen Arts site to view the talents of county teens in visual and performing arts categories.
2020 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 54th year.
Due to COVID-19-related concerns and social distancing standards, the 2020 contest will be conducted entirely online, at both the county and the state levels. Artists may submit a registration form and high quality digital photographs of their artwork by July 20. Approved submissions will be adjudicated and shared on the 2020 Virtual Senior Citizens Juried Art Contest & exhibition website and social media pages starting on August 3.
Deadline to submit high quality digital photographs of artwork:
July 20, 2020
Virtual Exhibition Dates:
August 3 to September 11, 2020
Eligible entries winning first place at the County level are automatically eligible to advance to the State competition, which also will be a virtual exhibition. Only County Coordinators may submit work from their County show to the State Virtual 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.
The online 2020 NJ State Senior Citizen Art Show is now scheduled to open on Friday, October 23 and will be up at least till the end of November. The show WILL still be juried, and awards certificates will be mailed to all artists.
- Hanging artwork, photos or crafts, may be no more than 30” and no less than 10” in any dimension (including matting and framing)
- 2D and 3D work may be up to 36 inches (3 feet) in any direction
- Works smaller than 10 inches may be included
- Acrylic Painting
- Craft – one-of-a-kind original creations only. No craft kits or molds
- Digital (Computer) Art – artwork created using computer graphics software (does not include digital photographs)
- Mixed Media – art that combines two or more media, no one of which clearly predominates; including collage and assemblage.
- Oil Painting
- Pastel – includes chalk and oil pastel.
- Print – includes all print forms including etching, linoleum block, lithograph, woodcut, monoprint, silkscreen, etc.
- Photography – includes color, black & white or tinted photographs taken with a film-based or digital camera.
- Sculpture – work designed in 3-dimensions, carved or constructed in any medium, abstract or figurative.
- Watercolor – includes gouache.
- Works on Paper (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.
Note: watercolor paintings with graphite or ink drawings are considered watercolor paintings, not mixed media.
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.
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;
Questions about the 2020 Senior Citizens’ Virtual Juried Art Contest and Exhibition should be directed to:
856-227-7200, ext. 4494
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.
Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College Advisory Commission Members
Carrol Stella, President
Vedra D. Chandler
Lydia Hamilton Brown
J. Kenneth Leap
Dr. Jacqueline Galbiati, Executive Director
Karen Nicholson, Administrator
Kathy Longwith, Budget Manager
Melinda Kane, 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.