Atlantic City 48 Blocks AC art celebration to return

ATLANTIC CITY — The citywide arts initiative that spans 48 blocks and all six wards is returning this summer.

The 48 Blocks team has been working since September — a few months after the conclusion of last year's inaugural event — to bring the celebration back to the city this summer to promote art, civic pride and togetherness.

This year’s event is slated for June 23 and 24 and will include more than 100 art installations around the city, including murals, custom designed Adirondack chairs and other outside permanent art fixtures that will continue to be on display, said Joyce Hagen, executive director of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation, who helped to create the event.

The events will also include musical performances and interactive activities throughout the city.

“We’re trying to engage the residents,” Hagen said. “This is really local talent that we’re showcasing, asking people to step forward and share their talents with us and giving them a platform.”

The community effort was named for the 48 blocks that make up Atlantic City. It was a joint project between the Atlantic City Arts Foundation and Stockton University, which brought different art installations to each of the six wards.

The group behind 48 Blocks of residents, volunteers and artists have been having community meetings, have been brainstorming and getting this year’s projects together for the 2018 event, Hagen said. Anyone in the area can come to community meetings to share ideas.

And there’s still a call for more projects: They’re looking for people to apply to put on live performance and community activities. These include workshops, interactive activities, dance and band performances. The application can be found here

“One of the goals of the project this year is not only to bring folks from Atlantic City out and folks in the local area, but to try to get more folks to come down from the Philly and New York area,” said Loryn Simonsen, project manager.

THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND ON THE PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY.