Atlantic City's '48 Blocks' Art Project Paints the Town

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Thanks to a collaboration between the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and Stockton University, a city-wide art exhibition is popping up on Saturday, June 24th.

With everything from yarn bombing, garden tours, poetry, to puppets, there will be plenty of art to see across Atlantic City’s six wards.

A fence overlooking an abandoned construction site along New Hampshire Avenue has been taken over by a little bit of color and a lot of yarn.

“My neighbors said, 'Beverly, you knit,'” says Beverly Constant Bromley, an artist participating in the 48 Blocks project. “'Why don’t you yarn bomb something?'”

Dozens of artists are taking to the streets of AC to showcase their visual and performing talents as part of 48 Blocks.

“We’ve got musical performances, visual arts, [and] a lot of gardening kinds of projects,” says Joyce Hagen, executive director of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation. “Anything where people can be creative is available to be expressed tomorrow.”

The 'event' is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, throughout Atlantic City.

Not all of Atlantic City is bad. You know, you hear about the bad, but there’s so much good here.

“I’m amazed at the artistic abilities of so many people all over the city,” says Constant Bromley. “It’s unbelievable.”

The Arts Foundation encourages residents and visitors to get up, get out, and explore the art on 48 blocks in Atlantic City.

“You see so many smiles on peoples’ faces when you’re doing something like this,” says Bromley. “Because not all of Atlantic City is bad. You know, you hear about the bad, but there’s so much good here.”

“The community interaction of the residents and people who are visiting, as they’re seeing the projects go up, they’re bringing artists food and drinks, and they’re just — the residents themselves are just really embracing this whole project,” says Hagen.

An interactive map is available online to use during the day of exploring.

On top of the murals, martial arts, yoga, chalk art, and much, much more, residents of each of the city's wards will get the chance to get their old photos digitized as the South Jersey Culture and History Center continues to add material to its growing collection of the city's history.

“You know, we all care about Atlantic City, and we really feel that art could make a difference here,” says Hagen.


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