2020 Grant Award Recipients
The following Camden County Arts and History organizations have been awarded general operating and special project support for 2020.
Borough of Audubon
Audubon is developing a “Walk Through Audubon History,” a self-guided walking tour around our one-square-mile town between historical markers denoting key people and places in our town’s past.
Camden County Historical Society
Dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and interpreting life in Camden County and Southern New Jersey from 1600 to the present.
Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum
The Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum, founded in 2008, transformed an 1893 historic church into a local maritime history museum and home for the Urban BoatWorks program, a vibrant craft program that now serves over 100 students per week. With the successful opening of the museum in 2016, we are expanding our creative reach by renovating the former church rectory to create the Waterfront South Artist Residency in partnership with Camden FireWorks. In exchange for free living and studio space, four artists will provide eight hours of work on projects to improve the Waterfront South neighborhood.
ChildrenSong of New Jersey is a choral music education and performance program based in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Established in 2000, the program serves children in three choirs between the ages of 8 and 18 from Camden, Burlington, and Gloucester counties. Its mission is to provide quality music instruction with the goal of attaining the highest level of artistic excellence in choral music performance, enriching the lives of children from all religious, racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds.
Friends of Barclay Farmstead Museum
The Friends of Barclay Farmstead focuses on doing all that is possible to conserve, develop, and interpret the historical and environmental resources of the Barclay Farmstead Museum for the benefit of public and posterity. Nestled on 32-acres in the heart of Cherry Hill, NJ, the site allows visitors to step back in time to learn about South Jersey’s agrarian heritage. Flagship events include: School Tour Program; Holiday House; Community Garden & Harvest Dinner; Summer Music Under the Stars and Historic Tours; 1st Sundays & Public Hours.
Garden State Chorale
The Garden State Chorale is an 87 year old Camden County Institution which offers a friendly social environment for sharing music among adults as well as introducing the vocal art form to various local community groups. We perform annual concerts in December and May as well as performing private concerts to local community groups. The mission of the Garden State Choral is to participate and promote public interest in and strive for excellence in the presentation of multi-faceted musical entertainment. In the past, we have provided backup for Andy Williams at the Trump Castle in Atlantic City, been selected as a USS New Jersey performance choir, performed as part of the Cooper River Twilight Series and were included in the Pennsauken’s 9/11 Memorial programs. The group’s credits also include pops concerts, patriotic concerts and community events in Camden, Burlington, Ocean, Cape May, Gloucester and Salem counties. Membership is by audition only, but, is usually offered to anyone with a sincere desire to sing with an organization such as ours. Auditions are usually held in September but can be arranged throughout the year by contacting a member of the Chorale.
Gloucester City Sail
The North Wind Schooner is operated by Gloucester City Sail, Inc. a nonprofit organization. The North Wind is home to experiential youth programs and is the premiere sailing charter in the Philadelphia/Camden County area. Our Youth Outreach Program gives local youth the opportunity to do science, learn history, and work on the schooner North Wind while sailing on the Delaware River. Our goal is to inspire imaginations and expand career horizons for youth. GCS operates on a volunteer model. Gloucester City owns the boat and provides the insurance and dock at Freedom Pier in Gloucester City, NJ. In order to fund our primary mission, GCS offers charter cruises up and down the Delaware River. Our typical two-hour cruises are ideal for private events, or as fundraisers for regional non-profit organizations, such as churches, clubs and veteran groups.
Greater South Jersey Chorus
Greater South Jersey Chorus brings a culturally diverse, multilingual repertoire of music to the region to entertain, educate, and enrich our community. With music ranging from the 15th century to the present, our December and Spring concerts delight audiences of all ages. Profoundly moving major choral works accompanied by orchestra and professional soloists are a priority in our yearly programming.
Numbering over 100, our volunteer chorus members come from many different backgrounds and hold a variety of beliefs. Our shared love of choral music, hunger to learn more about the art of singing, and joy at delivering beautiful concerts to our growing audiences bind us together in an uncommon sense of unity treasured by all.
Historical Society of Haddonfield
The Historical Society of Haddonfield was founded in 1914 and is committed to collecting and preserving the unique artifacts, documents, photographs, and other collection materials that help tell the history of Haddonfield and its environs in South Jersey.
Institute for the Development of Education in the Arts
Institute for the Development of Education in the Arts (IDEA) is an arts education and creative learning organization whose mission is to connect underserved Camden youth and their families to the life-enhancing quality of the arts. Our work is about building socially resourceful and vibrant communities by strengthening human potential through creativity, culture, and arts-based learning. As part of our mission, our goal is to also train and support regional youth and young adults with employment and skill training in the multimedia arts for the creative economy-related businesses and employment. The IDEA Performing Arts Center also serves as a home base for talented and diverse artists who inspire, support, and enlighten the community through their performances and exhibitions.
Jubilee Music Enrichment
Jubilee Music Enrichment cultivates young leaders through the discipline of music training. JME capitalizes on using the discipline of learning and performing music as a vehicle to teach valuable leadership attributes such as setting and meeting goals, professional decorum, responsibility, overcoming challenges, and character building. JME offers piano lessons and a place to practice, music theory, vocal coaching, public speaking, mentoring, leadership development, and scholarship. All participants perform in the Jubilee Ringers hand bell choir. All programs are offered at no charge to youth in Camden and vicinity.
Katz Jewish Community Center
The Katz Jewish Community Center (JCC) is committed to promoting and enriching Jewish culture, heritage, values and lives by providing outstanding educational, social and fitness & wellness programs and experiences. The JCC is the premiere Jewish social, cultural, recreational and educational center that serves the South Jersey community that provides programs and services for all ages and abilities. One of our signature programs, the ACHaD (Achieving Community Hopes and Dreams) program, cares for the health and wellness of New Jersey’s most vulnerable individuals with special needs. One key project in ACHaD, “All Together Now,” is an inclusive music program for members of the special needs community.
The Lawnside Historical Society
The Lawnside Historical Society is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of Lawnside, New Jersey’s only African American incorporated municipality. The organization owns and operates the Peter Mott House Underground Railroad Museum. Tax deductible donations are always welcome. 856-546-8850 or email@example.com.
Marian Anderson Music Guild Inc.
The Marian Anderson Music Guild, Inc. is the South Jersey branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM), a historic organization since 1919. NANM provides assistance, performance opportunities, and black cultural awareness to serious music students. Its concern is with all aspects of music performance, teaching, arts management, jazz, gospel, and the varied musical interest of its members.
At Mighty Writers, we think literacy is kryptonite to poverty. The ability to think clearly and write with clarity allows for self-esteem to soar, grades to improve, and college to loom into view. Being able to effectively express oneself with words is a powerful tool in the fight against poverty as it allows for our students to engage in critical thinking about issues they face in their local communities and society at large – and to put into words their opinions and personal experiences.
Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
The Nick Virgilio Haiku Association supports youth literacy and education, promotes the writing of poetry by all, operates the Nick Virgilio Writers House, and furthers the work and poetry of America’s most famous haiku poet, Camden’s own Nick Virgilio. Through a partnership with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers, the Nick Virgilio Writers House is home to after-school and evening writing programs for youth ages 7 to 17. The Nick Virgilio Writers House also hosts a poetry reading series, writing workshops for adults, meditation classes, and more, all towards the goal of promoting poetry and building inclusive literary community in the Waterfront South.
Pine Barons Barbershop Chorus
The Pine Barons Chorus is the South Jersey chapter of the Barbershop harmony Society, committed to the preservation of the original American music art form of barbershop.
Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey
The Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey is an 80-piece orchestra formed in 1991 to provide quality classical music to people throughout southern New Jersey and the Delaware Valley, and to offer performance opportunities for the talented musician. The philharmonic is the largest all-volunteer orchestra in the region. Orchestra members volunteer countless hours in rehearsals and public performances, as well as in music education programs at local schools.
Rediscover Camden History Initiative
The City of Camden Office of the Municipal Clerk, Records Management and Archives Unit launched a Rediscover Camden History Initiative in 2018. The goal of this initiative is to bring into focus the City’s vibrant history, while increasing the availability of history programming in our area. The current project, our Heritage Tourism Interactive Touch Screen will include an interactive history mural looking at 300+ years of Camden history, provide information on Camden County Historical Alliance member sites and assist visitors with wayfinding.
Reimagine Runnemede is a non-partisan, citizen-based network mobilized to promote the revitalization of our community by learning and building upon the best practices of other successful community models. We hope to inspire fellow residents, local businesses and our elected officials by partnering with them to creatively seek new solutions through Arts-Based Community Development and Creative Placemaking.
South Camden Theatre Company
South Camden Theatre Company, Inc. is a professional theatre company who strives to enhance the community by creating quality artistic productions while anchoring The Waterfront South Arts District. It is our dream, and the dream of those who support our efforts, that the opening of a theater in Camden serves the community and region by producing plays that make a difference by enriching the lives of those who live, work and come to Camden. As the anchor of a budding arts community, we believe you deserve to see the best production possible at the fairest price possible.
Join us for a play. Visit our neighbors. Enjoy the arts.
South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization, Inc.
Since 2001, the SJCCDO has provided educational and cultural activities to residents in the Southern New Jersey region, including the annual Caribbean Festival in July.
Tri-State Jazz Society
The Tri-State Jazz Society, Inc. (TSJS) is dedicated to the preservation and live performances of early jazz, including traditional New Orleans, Dixieland, swing, ragtime, stride piano, and boogie-woogie. The society’s concerts feature leading professional small bands and soloists.
Voorhees Arts Council
The Voorhees Arts Council recently formed in January 2018 and holds the space of the Voorhees Arts Center & Gallery. Our goal is to bring Art alive in the Voorhees Community and surrounding area through exciting art programs and exhibits for all to experience.
Voorhees Theatre Company
Voorhees Theatre Company’s mission is to offer performance and educational opportunities to artists on stage and behind the scenes and to bring audiences professional-caliber performances within and beyond the walls of the theatre. Our organization is well known for educating and nurturing young performers and for offering performance and theatre opportunities to local artists of all ages. VTC offers a safe harbor to all participants who want to explore the arts.