2019 Grant Award Recipients

The following Camden County Arts and History organizations have been awarded general operating and special project support for 2019.

Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum


Camden Shipyard and Maritime Museum Statue

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.




Children Song 2016

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.


Collingswood Foundation for the Arts


The Collingswood Foundation for the Arts preserves and restores the historic Collingswood Scottish Rite Auditorium, Mansion, and Grand Ballroom, promoting an appreciation and education of music and the arts by presenting and producing concerts, musical productions, plays, and dance performances.


Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts


Haddenfield Center and School for Performing Arts logo

Providing quality instruction and a vibrant center for the performing arts in South Jersey, The Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts was founded in 2012 by a committee at Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield. As an independent non-profit organization, HCSPA presents the Haddonfield Concert Series annually and serves as a hub for the performing arts in Haddonfield and the surrounding area, hosting music lessons, dance fitness classes, choral, orchestral, and theatrical rehearsals, plus local bands.


Jubilee Music Enrichment


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.


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.


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.


South Camden Theatre Company


Waterfront Theatre Company in Camden NJ

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.


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.


Tri-State Jazz Society


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.


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


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Dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and interpreting life in Camden County and Southern New Jersey from 1600 to the present.


Friends of Barclay Farmstead Museum


Barclay Farmsted

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.


Historical Society of Haddonfield


Greenfield Hall

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.


Old Baldy Civil War Roundtable


The Old Baldy Civil War Round Table encourages and promotes greater interest in the American Civil War by sponsoring meetings, programs, and other events that highlight the history of the Civil War era.

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.

Haddonfield Plays & Players


Haddonfield Plays and Players Logo

Haddonfield Plays and Players is a gathering of dedicated individuals who come together to provide quality theater at an affordable price to a wide range of Delaware Valley audiences, as well as to provide a creative outlet for non-professionals, all in an atmosphere of personal and social enrichment that is open to all persons with a commitment to non-profit theater. We offer a wide variety of productions, from comedies to mysteries to musicals. Besides our normal season productions, we also produce shows aimed specifically at children and families as well as special productions for school groups, like our enormously successful Number the Stars program.

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.

Nick Virgilio Haiku Association


Nick Virgilio

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.

Voorhees Arts Council


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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.

Friends of the Indian King Tavern


Indian Kind Tavern

The Friends of the Indian King are volunteers dedicated to the preservation, restoration and interpretation of the Tavern Museum. We plan and support 8-9 annual open house programs each year, provide reenactors, period musicians, and speakers, purchase artifacts and furnishing for the Tavern, plus support research. Indian King Tavern Museum’s more than 270 year old historic building is New Jersey’s first state-owned historic site (19030. It’s where New Jersey completed the transition from colony to state, passing laws revising election procedures, creating township governments, and setting up state courts. At the Indian King, the assembly passed measures imposing martial law, strengthening the militia, regulating a war economy, and providing emergency support to the Continental Army after its defeat at Brandywine.