Do Art AC

One thing we can all agree on: Atlantic City should be cooler than it is. It ebbs and flows in this area, the music scene got a lot better for awhile, then sagged, Borgata and House of Blues keep the town in the game mostly. If you're into the club/d.j. scene, then A.C. gets lots of points. Bachelorettes and their entourages, in particular, seem most happy with Atlantic City. But A.C., in addition to being a casino town, is a surfing mecca. The guys behind the proposed new Skate Park tried to capitalize on this, uging the CRDA (successfully) to nurture a youthful beach vibe associated with surfing, skating and local band scene that seems to have only one venue in Atlantic City: the Boneyard at Gordon's Alley up in the Inlet. But where are the other great cool bars and venues like you might find in a place where the original Ugg nation changes out of its wetsuits on beach blocks? Ski towns have their cool divey bars and music and arts scenes where people congregate. Why not Atlantic City? The CRDA has been trying another shortcut to cool lately: encouraging artists to take up root in Atlantic City: Ducktown in particular. The Noyes museum is supposed to open up gallery space for artists on the ground floor of the Wave Parking Lot near the Outlets, and the Master Plan calls for a fullfledged Arts District in Ducktown, the closest thing Atlantic City has to an original neighborhood. In the meantime, the Atantic City Arts Commission is planning a Boardwalk Art Show in September, a juried show with $2000 in prizes, including a $400 Mayor's Prize to be selected by Mayor Langford (Gov. Christie need not apply). Organizers are currenlty soliciting submissions. More info to be found on