Important Dates

March 8 Letter of Intent (Extended Deadline)
April 1 Applications due
April 1 – April 16 Evaluation committee scores applications
April 19 Five finalists are announced
May 6 – 17 NCCP coaches five presenters
May 29 Evaluation committee scores applications

What is Creative Placemaking?

South Jersey Cultural Alliance, (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. Examples of local challenges might include bringing people downtown at night, calming traffic, adding vitality to vacant storefronts, transforming vacant spaces, bringing diverse groups together, and instilling pride to spur local investment.

About Arts Tank

ArtsTank, a program of SJCA, is an effort to showcase model creative placemaking programs in South Jersey. SJCA is also encouraging the participation in the cultural actions of Sustainable Jersey. The National Consortium of Creative Placemaking will coach the five finalists who will be competing for the $5,000 prize made possible through OceanFirst Foundation. The audience will be able to learn best practices in the field of creative placemaking as each finalist completes and makes their presentations to the creative placemaking experts or “sharks.”  The project should launch between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

The audience will include artists and cultural leaders as well as all who are invested in strengthening communities including planners, economic and community development professionals, and local officials.

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

Date & Location

Arts Tank will take place on May 29, 2019 at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University located in downtown Atlantic City as the afternoon portion of a Creative Placemaking Conference – Creative Placemaking: Investing in Your Town sponsored by SJCA, the National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Stockton University.

Noyes Arts Garage:  2200 Fairmount Avenue, Atlantic City

The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University is the cornerstone of the Arts District in Atlantic City with a mission to promote education, provide resources for emerging artists, and enrich the community. The Arts Garage houses 2 museums, The Noyes Museum of Art Galleries and the African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey. It also includes 8 artist studios, galleries, shops, a café, an art classroom, and hosts special events throughout the year. Stroll through the galleries and shops, stop for a bite to eat at the Atlantic Café, and enjoy convenient parking in the heart of Atlantic City adjacent to Tanger Outlets, the Convention Center, Boardwalk Hall, and Dante Hall Theater.


9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Networking and Registration
10:00 AM – 11:45 AM Financing Creative Placemaking – 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 Evaluation committee scores applications
3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Mural Tour of AC – Atlantic City Arts Foundation

Who May Enter the Competition?

Municipalities in South Jersey limited to: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean, and Salem counties.

The $5,000 prize will be awarded directly to a municipality.  Funding may be passed through to a non-profit, partner organization, or contractor, but the municipality must be the applicant and will be responsible for the reporting requirements.  All applications should be accompanied by a letter of support from the mayor. Applications from the same municipality are limited to two.

Municipalities may work together on a project which will require letters from all mayors. County applications are allowed and must be signed by a Freeholder and be connected to county initiatives.

How to Enter / Project Criteria

By March 8:
Please submit (by email) a letter of intent to Karen Pinzolo, Executive Director, SJCA, 30 Front Street, Hammonton, NJ  08037 with a paragraph describing the project in less than 100 words to: with subject line: ArtsTank LOI.


By April 1:
Deadline for filling out online application.



Criteria for Evaluation:

1. Connecting to Municipal Goals or other Community Social Services: Review existing and emerging programs and initiatives and create a plan of action to both connect and integrate these with your asset base. When you are doing this, be sure to review your community’s Economic Development Plan, Main Street Plan, and Municipal or County Plan. Make a strong linkage to other plans.

2. Municipal Investment: Municipalities must have made a meaningful and significant contribution to the project. If the activity being submitted is organized by entities outside the municipal government, the group should submit a report detailing the municipality’s role in the project, and listing the types of support received, i.e. staff resources, insurance, money, technical support, facility operations or other support such as waiving permit fees, collaboration on community grants, etc.

3. Partnerships: Articulate how the work you are submitting documents an intentional collaboration between your municipal government and any one or more of the following groups. At a minimum, these should include partnerships that are meaningful and reflective of your community such as your Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development, or Business Improvement District. These relationships should be helping to build this creative place:

  • Schools
  • Community Development Corporations
  • Economic Development
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Local businesses and institutions
  • Grassroots efforts and partnerships with non-profit organizations
  • Artists and arts organizations
  • Others

4. Your Goals: Explain what you wanted to accomplish by implementing this project. Describe the potential outcomes and benefits. These may include benefits from the process of developing this project, such as building collaborative partnerships, and engaging the community.

5. Connection to Economic or Community Development: Describe how this project enhances local economic development and community development

6. Connecting artists to their communities: Describe how your project meets two or three of these criteria:

  • Includes artists in planning, design and execution of the project.
  • Connects artists to other sectors or community issues through civic engagement intervention (e.g. health care, business, tourism, neighborhood revitalization, crime prevention, etc.)
  • Partners with other communities/regional efforts or schools

7. Implementation budget – Please indicate how the $5,000 will be used.

8. Identify ways to measure the impact of these anticipated outcomes.

These criteria are based on Sustainable Jersey’s action: Utilizing Your Creative Assets. Examples, best practices, and explanations can be found at:

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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