The South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project (SJ CAMP)will collect cultural asset data and stories from community members about cultural assets in all eight South Jersey counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem.

The South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project will:

      • Promote the cultural community of South Jersey
      • Measure cultural vitality, inclusion, & equity
      • Use data/stories as tools for advocacy
      • Encourage collaboration across sectors
      • Ensure equitable distribution of information & resources to the ENTIRE South Jersey cultural community
      • Create sustainable, arts & culture-based solutions to spur economic and community development

SJ CAMP is a collaborative process.  It is so much more than a map! It is a tool allowing SJCA to connect with the whole South Jersey cultural community and for the cultural community to connect with each other. We are working with SJCA members, community groups, County Culture & Heritage Commissions, NJ Folklife Centers, and other statewide partners to identify and collect information about South Jersey’s diverse cultural resources. Community members can also directly submit cultural assets and their personal stories, illustrating the public value of arts & culture in our region. 

SJ CAMP will be an ongoing project that will grow and evolve based on community expressed needs. The scope of  SJ CAMP is huge and the possibilities are endless!

Phase 1:  Create a strong foundation for SJ CAMP and expand SJCA’s communication network by collecting data sets from statewide partners and community members to establish a cultural asset database with “known data” as well as conducting research and outreach to connect with under-represented artists and cultural groups.

Phase 2:  Utilize the expanded SJCA communication network of cultural assets to survey the South Jersey Cultural sector to learn more about its strengths and challenges.

Phase 3: Analyze data and broker targeted convenings of specific groups throughout the cultural sector to foster collaboration, information, and resource sharing.

SJ CAMP will also provide information to create a directory to highlight underrepresented communities, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian artists, arts administrators, cultural leaders, and organizations. By highlighting and connecting these artists and organizations throughout South Jersey, we hope to encourage collaboration across the field, open lines of communication and improve access to funding in support of our diverse and vital cultural assets.

the South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project is generously supported by

Get on the map! If you are an artist, history or cultural organization, community cultural group, arts & culture festival, etc., or a community member that knows of a cultural asset that should be included in SJ CAMP, click here to provide their information to SJCA. We will reach out for additional information to complete a cultural asset map profile. Each cultural asset listed will receive a FREE basic digital profile and membership to SJCA.

Community participation in SJ Camp is vital to its success! Personal stories from community members help us illustrate the public value of the arts. Share your story with us!

We value your feedback! Please let us know about your experience with SJ CAMP here. Your input will help us continually improve SJ CAMP tools and help create an invaluable resource for South Jersey’s cultural community.

Want to get involved? Questions or data to share? Contact Julie Hain, SJCA Associate Director at (609) 626-3630 or jhain@sjca.net.