History

 

The Alliance was formed in the spring of 2013 when four members of Mayor John Armstrong’s Advisory Council expressed a strong interest in promoting the arts in Absecon.  The members, Sallie Gorohoff, Jeannine Wescoat, Lisa Loeb and April Elias, met soon thereafter and formulated short and long-term goals and objectives for the group. With the City’s support, the Alliance was able to host a series of youth art classes during that first summer and since that time the Alliance has hosted many events and obtained 501(3)c status in 2014.

 

The Arts Alliance attempts to involve as many community and municipal organizations in their projects and keeps abreast of the art-related activities of other municipal entities, schools, athletic, recreational and non-profits and collaborates when appropriate. The Alliance utilizes schools, libraries, churches, City Hall, The American Legion and other local venues for events.

 

With only contributions from the Board Members, the Art Alliance invited citizens of Absecon to become “Patrons of the Arts” in order to offer cost-free events and to pay for basic operating costs such as supplies and insurance. Today, many of these items continue to be  provided by Board Members.  Through our fundraising efforts and with the financial assistance of the City of Absecon, the Alliance successfully operates with minimum fundraising necessary. Future projects may include the necessity of applying for grants.

 

Some of the events we have successfully hosted since the summer of 2013 include

 

  • August With the Arts - classes for youth annually

  • 2014 Philadelphia Mural Presentation in cooperation with Absecon Community Affairs

  • 2014 Spring Gardening Series in conjunction with Rutgers Cooperative Extension

  • 2014 and 2015 Patron Events which included art exhibits, music and dinner for all contributors

  • Absecon's Got Talent in conjunction with Holy Spirit High School

  • 2015 Winter Art Lecture Series in cooperation with Richard Stockton University including Poetry, Memoir Writing and Music

  • 2015 and 2016 Dinner and a Show included a matinee at The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton and dinner at a local restaurant

  • 2015 Art in the Park our first annual art festival featured multiple local artists, vendors, food and entertainment. Our 2nd annual event is scheduled for October 8th!

  • 2016 Art Talks Lecture Series

  • 2016 Grounds for Sculpture bus trip - a day trip to the Grounds for Sculpture and Princeton shopping

All currently scheduled upcoming events can be found on our Events page!


Please contact us for more information and let us know if you would like to be involved as a volunteer!