Friday, October 24, 2014
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Do Art AC

Artists are invited to submit work as Atlantic City steps up its art attack with a Boardwalk Art Show in an effort to solve the why isn't this city cooler conundrum.

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 doartac.com 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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