Spring has sprung! Much like the flowers, SJCA is deepening our roots in the South Jersey cultural community continuing outreach to artists, cultural groups, arts & cultural organizations, and other cultural assets.


We are also working with local artists and guest speakers on topics you've suggested to host our monthly Virtual Connection Sessions and South Jersey Creatives at the Table events. Don't miss the two great sessions scheduled for Tuesday the 30th and Wednesday the 31st of this week! 


Don't be shy! We want to hear from you. Keep us up to date on your struggles, your successes, and how we can best help support the vital work you doWe can connect you to others experiencing the same challenges, relevant resources, and who may be able to help. 


Our office is still working remotely, but you can reach out anytime at jhain@sjca.net or (609)626-3630. We are looking forward to hearing from you. Enjoy the sunshine!

OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT

Jennifer Rosenfeld, Performing Arts Business Coach, discusses "New Earned Income Streams for Artists and Arts Organizations."

During this VCS session both organizations and artists will learn how to create or expand educational experiences for your audience in order to grow earned income and enhance audience affinity.

Don't miss the session THIS TUESDAY!

RSVP for March VCS

This March 31st @1pm, meet Camden-based designer/design instructor Terina Nicole Hill for a behind the scenes look at the spaces she works in most often: her studio and the classroom.

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

Don't miss the session THIS WEDNESDAY!

RSVP for March SJ Creatives at the Table

This April 15th @1pm, meet Camden-based photographer Erik James Montgomery and learn more about how his photography and the EJM Foundation help strengthen the Camden community.

The April South Jersey Creatives at the Table event is a collaboration between SJCA and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership/A New View Camden, in an effort to highlight Camden artists and performers.

 
RSVP for April SJ Creatives at the Table

SJ CAMP UPDATE

The South Jersey Cultural Asset Map Project (SJ CAMP) will provide a central digital directory representing the full spectrum of arts, culture, and history in South Jersey and increase collaborative opportunities, peer-to-peer learning, and resource sharing. 

Both the database and the map are growing! Take a look at the current SJ CAMP map and directory here.

Creating this vital resource wouldn't be possible without the help of our members and partners throughout New Jersey. We need your help too!  If you have a list of artists, cultural organizations, community, or other cultural assets to share, please contact Julie Hain @ jhain@sjca.net.

Visit SJ CAMP Page

Get on the map! If you are an artist or cultural organization or know of a cultural asset, artist, community group, or cultural leader that should be included in SJ CAMP, click here to provide their information to SJCA and 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. Your input will help us continually improve SJ CAMP tools and help create an invaluable resource for South Jersey's cultural community. Click here to provide feedback. 


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

 

UPCOMING WEBINARS

Creating Change

Moving Toward Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism in the New Jersey Arts Community


April 22 & 23, 2021

10:00 AM — 3:30 PM

This two-day virtual gathering is built around reflecting, healing, and learning as we work toward a more equitable, just, and anti-racist arts and cultural sector.

We welcome and encourage participation by all staff members of arts and cultural organizations, as well as trustees, independent artists, unaffiliated arts and culture administrators, students, and anyone else interested in being part of creating a more equitable arts and cultural field in New Jersey.

Presented by:

 
 

Register Here


There are many webinars and online resources available to support your work in the cultural sector. The list below is not all-inclusive but does highlight some relevant virtual resources. Click the title of each listing to register.


These are not SJCA programs, please address any questions with the host of each webinar.  


 

Title

Description

Date/Time

Small Business Administration

SBA's national webinar will highlight the opening of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application, covering what documentation eligible entities will need to apply for a SVOG, insight on what the SVOG application process will look like, and more.

March 30th at 2:30 pm

Senator Booker hosting a webinar for New Jersey non-profit organizations

New Jersey Center for Non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the NJ Economic Development Authority to provide details on assistance available to the non-profit community through American Rescue Plan Act.

March 30th from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

American Craft Forum: Forward Motion

Join us for a conversation with artists and maker communities who put care at the center of their practice and offer insights into where we go from here and how craft can take us there. Register below.

April 1st from 2:00 pm

Introduction to Project Budgets

Are you ready to start fundraising for your project or idea, but don't know what and how much to ask for? If preparing a budget for your foundation grant is holding you back, come learn the basic elements of how to draft a project budget with confidence.

April 7th from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Community Conversations - The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color

What lessons can we learn about relevance and resilience from high-performing arts organizations that primarily serve communities of color? How do they establish and maintain deep connections with the communities they serve and that sustain them, and what are the distinctive challenges they encounter in doing so?

Join us as we explore the second phase of research on successful strategies employed by high-performing arts organizations that can be considered for adoption or adaptation by others. In a follow-up report produced in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color, focuses on the experience of organizations that serve communities of color with a track record of high performance along seven financial and operating metrics in recent years. This community conversation will focus on the perspectives of three arts leaders interviewed in this study. We will share the lessons learned from the data, discuss the unique challenges faced by these organizations, and provide guidance to organizations that seek a path linking strategy and financial sustainability.

April 8th from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

ArtPride COVID-19 Impact Webinar

Tune in for updated and valuable information regarding how New Jersey’s arts community is reacting to and being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Learn what ArtPride NJ and the NJ State Council on the Arts are doing to advocate for the arts as part of state and federal recovery support. Bring your questions!

 April 9th at 10:00 am

Creative Capital
Making Interdisciplinary Practice Sustainable

Sheetal Prajapati and Pablo Helguera discuss how their multiplicity of “identities” supports and speaks to their larger practices today.

April 13th from 7:00 pm- 8:30 pm

Putting Shared Leadership Into Practice


As organizations work to shape new worlds that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive, shared leadership models offer ways in which leaders can cooperatively enact change. Join our webinar for a conversation on the wins, lessons learned, and the future of shared leadership models in the nonprofit sector.

April 21st from 2:00–3:30 pm

"Creating Change: Moving Toward Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism in the New Jersey Arts Community." 

The two-day symposium will gather 300+ arts and culture leaders, artists, students, and arts advocates for two days of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and healing circles in an effort to envision and create a more equitable, just, and anti-racist

April 22nd -23rd

Creative Capital
Making Interdisciplinary Practice Sustainable

Sheetal Prajapati and Pablo Helguera discuss how their multiplicity of “identities” supports and speaks to their larger practices. Sheetal Prajapati discusses how artists and their interdisciplinary practices can become a unique asset for building sustainable careers today.

May 11th from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

National Endowment for the Humanities

Targeted grant workshops for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Native Communities, Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities, Community and Two-Year Colleges, Museums, Digital Humanities, Individual Scholars, Archives and Libraries, and College and University Grants and Sponsored Research Offices.

Multiple Dates

nonprofit hub FREE Webinars

Nonprofit Hub, is an online educational community dedicated to giving nonprofits everything they need to better their organizations and communities. Multiple webinars and training opportunities available.

Multiple Dates and Recordings

National Endowment for the Humanities

Grant workshops NEH grant opportunities, deadlines, and application information.

Multiple Dates

 

CULTURAL SURVEYS

Americans for the Arts COVID-19

SURVEY Update

Attention, artists and arts organizations! Americans for the Arts has revised their COVID-19 Survey for Organizations, and they need your input. Even if you've already completed the survey, please take five minutes to fill out the new version.


 

GRANTS & FUNDING

Performing Arts Readiness Network Grants


Ten grants of between $5,000 - $25,000 each will be awarded for projects to support both the development of new or emerging disaster preparedness networks that include performing arts and culture organizations, and the expansion of existing networks to increase participation among performing arts organizations.


Rolling deadline through April 30, 2021

Learn More

Artist Relief

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19.


Application Deadlines (Subject to Change):

  • Cycle X: March 31
  • Cycle XI: April 30
  • Cycle XII: May 31
  • Cycle XIII: June 23

Learn More

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund


The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund was established to ensure the survival and strength of the state’s arts, cultural and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of the Fund closed in January 2021, awardi.ng $2.6 million to 100 NJ-based non-profits statewide


Deadline of April 12, 2021


Learn More

OTHER RESOURCES & SUPPORT

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)