Like many of you, SJCA has been keeping busy! The South Jersey Creatives at the Table series launched with sessions by Latinx artists Soraida Martinez and Pedro Fuller. Thanks to a little help from Stockton University, we provided live translation of Pedro's presentation from Spanish to English. It was a first for Stockton and the SJCA! We hope to continue offering translation to create more multi-lingual programs. We also appeared on Latino Motion to discuss the event and the SJ Cultural Asset Map Project! 

January's Virtual Connection Session (VCS) addressed marketing and bolstering your online presence with guest speakers Joe Mitchell of PBS/WHYY/NPR and Bruce Mishkin, CEO of Adventix. Today's VCS at 1pm with John McEwen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, will address reopening your sites safely. There is still time to register!

In addition to these programs, we are also working hard on strategic planning.  We will focus on finding a sustainable business model for SJCA, diversifying and serving SJCA's membership, and advocating for additional South Jersey resources. 

As if that wasn't keeping us busy enough, we continue expanding outreach and partnerships while growing the South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project (SJ CAMP). Which now has more than 600 cultural assets listed and we are adding more every day!

One more exciting announcement!  Julie Hain, formerly Director of Membership & Programs, has a new, well-earned title, Associate Director. Julie has done an extraordinary job in helping us to streamline our programs to better match our capacity while increasing impact. She has been the driving force behind the mapping project while making sure everyone still felt supported by our member services. I had COVID in January and, for weeks, Julie carried on without a skipping a beat. Please help me in celebrating Julie's new appointment  - she is very valuable asset to SJCA!

Even in this time of uncertainty across the cultural sector, SJCA remains hopeful and working hard to support the South Jersey cultural community's needs. Don't be shy! Let us know about your struggles, your successes, and how we can best help support the vital work you do. Our office is still working remotely, but you can reach out anytime at jhain@sjca.net or (609)626-3630. Stay warm and well out there!

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT


Join SJCA and your cultural community colleagues at the

Virtual Connection Session TODAY, Feb. 25th at 1:00 pm!

This month, we feature Executive Director of the NJ Theatre Alliance, John McEwen, who will present "2021:  What You Need to Know about Welcoming Back Audiences". 

2021 will be the year when we welcome audiences back into our cultural spaces.  What will that look like?  What will make audiences feel comfortable enough to return?  How do we train our staff and volunteers? What are the new standards for cleaning?  Learn best practices for opening cultural spaces and how to best prepare for reopening. And discuss affordable shared services that will help keep our venues clean. 

View January's VCS session recording to learn about the importance of marketing strategy along with actions you can take to bolster your digital presence and increase your virtual audience!

Featured speakers: Joe Mitchell from WHYY,  PBS, & NPR and Bruce Mishkin, Digital Marketing & Advertising Specialist for Performing Arts Organizations at Adventix.

View January's VCS Session Recording
 

South Jersey Creatives at the Table

 

SJ CAMP UPDATE

The South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project continues to grow. Already, we are approaching more than 600 cultural assets listed! This has expanded SJCA membership and creates new opportunities to connect the South Jersey cultural community through the map, directory, convenings for the whole community as well as smaller, targeted topic meet ups.


The important work we are doing through SJ CAMP will provide a central directory representing the full spectrum of arts, culture, and history in our region and increase collaborative opportunities, peer-to-peer learning, and resource sharing. 


Creating this vital resource wouldn't be possible without the help of our partners throughout New Jersey. We need your help too!  


If you have a list of cultural assets to share, please contact Julie Hain @ jhain@sjca.net.

Stay tuned for more SJ CAMP details to come!

 

Cultural Surveys


Americans for the Arts COVID-19 SURVEY Update

 

Americans for the Arts has been tracking the human and financial impacts of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As the virus continues to rage in our communities, so does its devastation of the nation's arts sector. Cancellations have taken place at virtually every arts organization across the country, artists are among the most severely affected segment of the nation's workforce, and 1 in 10 arts businesses doubt their ability to survive.


We have released a NEW Impact of the Arts Survey. This new survey will continue to gather the impact data that are critical to our collective advocacy efforts. In addition, as we all follow the hopeful news about vaccine distribution, this survey also gathers information about the challenges facing the arts sector in the relief/recovery and re-opening processes.


 

Upcoming Webinars

 

ArtPride COVID-19 Impact Webinar

02/26 | 3:00pm

Register for the Webinar here.

Join us for the next Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) webinar and get the latest news on how ArtPride is partnering with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to help the arts community navigate these unprecedented times.

Tune in for details and give your input on current and upcoming efforts being made through the Discover Jersey Arts program including:

• Summer Stages Campaign to promote outdoor arts events this summer
• Reopening Campaign to build consumer confidence in returning to your venues this fall, including specific safety messaging
• Current Jersey Arts @HOME and Jersey Arts Live messaging
• Current JerseyArts.com feature stories, podcasts, and virtual video segments
• Plans for a new JerseyArts.com and updated Jersey Arts Member program for Q1-2022 

Ideation Session Series

02/26 | 11:00am - 12:00pm (+3 more)

Register for the Webinar here.

Join the DO MORE GOOD team and a subject matter expert the last Friday of each month as we discuss a trending nonprofit topic. Bring your questions!

Further event details and subject matter expert bios can be viewed at domoregood.org/ideation.

February 26th | Andy Atkins of 730 Eddy Studios will cover everything to do with live video production.

March 26th | Mary Manier & Team from Experience Grand Rapids will provide a 2021 Events Forecast.

April 30th | Mickey Desai of Nonprofit Snapshot will talk to us about the pertinent management issues facing nonprofit boards.

Resources and Support


Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants Program - Current Cycle Closes Monday, March 1, 2021


The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical/dental/mental health emergencies. Emergencies are defined as taking place within the last six months (July 1, 2020 or later). The New York Foundation for the Arts partners with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation to administer these grants, available to visual and media artists and choreographers who live anywhere in the U.S., its Territories, and the District of Columbia. Artists of color, artists with disabilities, and those living outside of the East and West coasts are particularly encouraged to apply. The program does not cover lost wages/income. The current application cycle closes Monday, March 1Attached, please also find graphics for social media use.

Full details: https://bit.ly/2HEzfRi.

Creative Capital Awards Open Application - Due March 8th

Creative Capital helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers, and every year we review applications from artists ready to take the next step in their creative practices. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life.

Artists can submit their project ideas through a free application. This application helps us identify a selection of artists working at the forefront of their fields. It’s designed to provoke deep thought about project ideas to determine intention, impact, timeliness, and capacity.

Apply Now

Due to the ongoing impact of extreme weather across southern states of the US, we have extended the deadline for the Creative Capital Award application to Monday, March 8, 2021 at 4pm ET.

Call for Artists: NJ Climate Resilience Public Art Projects

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts are pleased to present this call for artists as part of the Coastal Risk Communications Campaign. This exciting opportunity is open for submissions from professional artists, over the age of 18, who are current residents of the State of New Jersey, or who live within 100 miles of the New Jersey state border.  

 

This project seeks to engage 4 artists, or artist teams, to create original, site-specific artwork and related community engagement(s) that address the theme of climate resilience and coastal flooding, particularly as related to coastal communities in New Jersey. Selected artists will be paired with NJ Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in coastal areas to plan, implement, document, promote and share the artists’ work with the community.  

Guidelines and Application

Notification of awards will be made in late April. Stipends of $7,000 will be provided by the CBOs to commission selected projects, with finished work expected for community events and exhibition in Summer 2021. 


How to Apply 

Applications must be submitted no later than Monday, March 8th, 2021 at midnight via www.callforentry.org (CAFÉ). No extensions to the deadline will be granted. 

Only one submission per artist/artist team may be submitted.  


Promote Your Virtual Events With#JerseyArtsStrong


To keep the public connected to our state's incredible arts and culture during the COVID-19 crisis, Discover Jersey Arts is highlighting virtual experiences in our Jersey Arts at Home guide. The curated collection features workshops with local artisans, shows with international superstars, masterclasses with seasoned instructors, interactive jam sessions, creative prompts, classic performances, and much more. Take a look at what's already listed, then fill out this so we can consider your event.


Submit your events here.


OnDemand Consulting & Thought Partner Program

OnDemand Consulting: On Demand Projects address a single issue with projects for up to eight weeks. Compass connects nonprofits to a business professional with the expertise to quickly understand and address an immediate challenge with tailored recommendations. Volunteer consultants are not expected to support implementation, although many continue to work with their client in a personal capacity after an engagement concludes.


Thought Partners: Compass connects seasoned business professionals with nonprofit leaders facing decisions regarding programming, finances, strategy, governance, and more. In a confidential setting, Thought Partners provide a trusted ear for scenario planning, courses of action, and may also facilitate difficult conversations among board, staff, and leadership. Depending on a client’s needs, a Thought Partner may offer several informal calls over eight weeks, or schedule formal check-ins with an agenda and resources.

Apply for the OnDemand Consulting & Though Partner Program here.


A complete list of projects is available here:  On Demand & Thought Partner Projects


Nonprofit Eligibility Requirements:


 - Registered IRS 501(c)3 Nonprofit 

 - Does not promote religious beliefs or political parties/movements  

 - Local Mission - Serves Greater Philadelphia (including Camden)