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South Jersey Creatives at the Table featuring Camden Artist, Erik James Montgomery

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This April 15th @1pm, meet Camden-based fine art photographer Erik James Montgomery, who will expound on the importance of the visual documentation of Black art and culture. Montgomery will share and discuss historical images by Black photographers including several of his images created over his 30-year career. 

Hosted monthly on ZOOM, South Jersey Creatives at the Table sessions allow virtual guests to connect with fellow South Jersey artists, creatives, and cultural community members while they ‘visit’ artist’s studios, participate in art slams and critique sessions, or engage in cultural discussions. Each session is as unique as the featured artist!

The March and April South Jersey Creatives at the Table events are a collaboration between SJCA and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership/Connect the Lots Camden, in an effort to highlight Camden artists and performers.

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP) was founded in 1984 as a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to planning and implementing high-quality urban redevelopment projects to revitalize the City of Camden. Cooper’s Ferry currently powers two initiatives designed to bring vibrancy to Camden neighborhoods and use public art to address important civic issues.

  • Connect the Lots (CTL) is a community-driven initiative to activate Camden, New Jersey’s parks and underutilized spaces through the implementation of artistic, cultural, and recreational projects and activities. The goals of the initiative are to engage Camden residents in neighborhood transformation, create safe nodes of activity, and bring vibrancy to Camden’s corridors and public spaces.
  • A New View (ANV) is a series of temporary art installations at six sites across the city that invite the community to imagine a more beautiful, innovative, and healthier future by responding creatively to Camden’s history as a place for illegal dumping.

CTL and ANV are collaborative efforts between Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the City of Camden, and Rutgers University Camden.

CFP is excited by the possibility for these initiatives to highlight and strengthen Camden’s artist community. Our partnership with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance will provide an up-close look at some of the amazing work being created by individuals reared and working in the City of Camden.


Erik James Montgomery is a fine art photographer, educator, gallerist, and Art-ivist who focuses his lens on the pressing cultural and social-justice issues of our time. Initially self-taught, Montgomery went on to study at the Academy of Art University and Columbia University. Through the nonprofit EJM Foundation, Montgomery educates at-risk youth on the art of photography and creates public works of photo-art in underserved communities. Montgomery said, “Photography is a powerful form of communication because it transcends all the barriers of language. Through my art, I am able to speak to anyone in the world, about their world, in order to change the world.”

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