“SJCA believes creative placemaking can develop sustainable, prosperous, equitable, inclusive, and resilient places in South Jersey. Creative placemaking uses arts, history, and culture to engage a community in addressing a local challenge; for example, adding vitality to vacant storefronts or increasing pride and belonging through community murals. SJCA wants to encourage local investment in arts, history, and culture.  This kind of cultural development can ignite revitalization to strengthen the southern NJ region.”

            – Karen Pinzolo, Executive Director, SJCA


ArtsTank, a program of SJCA, is a creative placemaking grant competition, hosted by the SJCA and sponsored through generous support from the OceanFirst Foundation. Through ArtsTank, five municipalities receive coaching from the National Consortium of Creative Placemaking and compete for a prize of $5,000 toward their creative placemaking project. After receiving coaching to hone their project proposals, each finalist presents their project to the panel of creative placemaking experts (a.k.a. “sharks”).

All ArtsTank finalists will be highlighted in New Jersey Municipalities, the magazine of the NJ State League of Municipalities.  Additionally, the mayor of the winning municipality will be invited to author a feature article on their municipal challenge and the creative, arts and culture based solution they chose to address it.

The ArtsTank program hopes to showcase creative placemaking programs in South Jersey and encourage participation in the “Arts & Creative Cultural Action of Sustainable Jersey’s program. All municipalities with an established a “Creative Team” through Sustainable Jersey are eligible to receive points for the “Creative Placemaking” actions as a result of their ArtsTank application.

The Event

The competitors and municipalities are not the only ones who win during the ArtsTank program. The audience, which includes artists, cultural leaders, and others invested in strengthening communities, such as planners, economic & community development professionals, and local officials benefit by learning best practices in the field of creative placemaking.

The ArtsTank competition is just one component of a full-day conference on Creative Placemaking: Investing in Your Town, to be held on May 29th at the Noyes Arts Garage in Atlantic City.  The event includes a session on “How to Finance Creative Placemaking,” a networking luncheon, the ArtsTank competition, and a mural tour of Atlantic City.

The ArtsTank Competition, Financing Creative Placemaking presentation, and Atlantic City Mural Tour will take place on May 29, 2019, at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University in downtown Atlantic City.

The morning presentation on Financing Creative Placemaking by Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, will be followed by a networking lunch, and the  ArtsTank  Competition. There is also an optional add-on, hour-long, mural tour of Atlantic City, given by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

The event is sponsored by SJCA, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Noyes Museum of Art, Atlantic City Arts Foundation, and Stockton University.

Event Timeline

9:30 am – 10:00 am Networking and Registration
10:00 am –11:45 am “Financing Creative Placemaking” by Leonardo Vazquez, Executive Director, National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
11:45 am – 12:00 pm Break
12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Networking Lunch/
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm Break
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm ArtsTank – hosted by the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, sponsored by OceanFirst Foundation and the NJ State Council on the Arts
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Optional Add -On Mural Tour of AC given by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation

Admission Pricing

Financing Creative Placemaking: Morning Session Only (no lunch) $30
ArtsTank Competition: Afternoon Only (no lunch) $30
Full Day Conference: Includes NCCP Presentation, Networking Lunch, ArtsTank Competition $55
Artists and Students Full Day Conference: Full Day Session – Includes NCCP Presentation, Networking Lunch, ArtsTank Competition $20
Mural Tour Add-On
Artist/Student Mural Tour Add-On

For registration and details, visit

Click here for the ArtsTank event post on Facebook and feel free to share it on your personal or organization’s timeline.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the Wave Parking Garage, Atlantic City. Please use the pedestrian entrance (BLUE DOOR) leading directly into the Arts Garage from garage.

The Wave Parking Garage is a pay-to-park garage, however, discounted rate of $4 (CASH ONLY) will be provided ArtsTank attendees for parking between 9:30am and 5:30pm. If the fee is not paid in cash, regular parking rates apply, which range between $5.00 and $12.00, depending on the length of time. 

It is also possible to find free or metered street parking on Mississippi Avenue. Park for free in the Wave Garage when you spend $25 or more at the shops in the Arts Garage.

About Our Presenting Partners

South Jersey Cultural Alliance

The South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA)is a nonprofit organization serving artists and arts, history and cultural organizations in the eight southern counties of New Jersey. SJCA supports a vital cultural community which, in turn, transforms the southern region’s individuals and communities by improving the quality of life. SJCA provides leadership, networking opportunities, professional development, marketing, advocacy, technical assistance and other resources to over 100 cultural members. SJCA’s programs are sponsored and carried out in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.


New Jersey State Council on the Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts supports, encourages, and fosters public interest in the arts; enlarges public and private resources devoted to the arts, promotes freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitates the inclusion of art in every public building.  The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit


Ocean First

The OceanFirst Foundation has been enriching lives since 1996. The foundation takes pride in helping various organizations, including local schools and charities, receive over $37 million in grants to meet community needs. The OceanFirst Foundation has established four core priorities: Housing, Youth Development and Education, Improving the Quality of Life, Health and Wellness, and the Arts.


National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking is a nonprofit that believes creative placemaking can make sustainable, prosperous, equitable, inclusive, and resilient places. NCCP builds connections, capacity, and community in the field. The programs bring people from all walks of life together through webinars, summits, and trainings. NCCP strives to influence the levers of power in communities.


Noyes Museum

The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton University offers several locations in Southern New Jersey, providing access and support to the arts and artists of the region and beyond. A source of inspiration and enjoyment for enthusiasts of the arts, from residents of the community, students and faculty of the university, to visitors to the shore and Pine Barrens, the Noyes Museum serves the entire South Jersey area.


Stockton University

The Arts and Humanities (ARHU) are thriving at Stockton University! They have a dedicated and accomplished faculty of scholars and artists who love the arts and humanities just as much as you do! The department prides itself on giving students opportunities to expand and apply their knowledge beyond the classroom. Their programs include the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Communication Studies, Historical Studies, Languages and Culture Studies, Literature, Philosophy and Religion Studies, and American Studies.


Atlantic City Arts Foundation

The mission of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation (ACAF) is to foster an environment where diverse arts and cultural programs enrich the quality of life for residents of and visitors to Atlantic City, New Jersey. The ACAF envisions Atlantic City as a community in which residents, businesses, government, employees, and visitors value arts and culture as a means to stimulate economic development, encourage civic engagement, and promote community well-being.


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