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Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards $1 M. to Camden, New Jersey, for Public Art Project About Illegal Dumping

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COURTESY THE CITY OF CAMDEN

Camden, New Jersey, the fifth and final winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge, will get $1 million for “A New View,” an exhibition of artworks at illegal dumping sites along the state’s public transportation networks.

Those sites include the Port Authority Transit Corporation high-speed line, the RiverLine light rail, and the Camden GreenWay trail. The project, which is led by the urban redevelopment nonprofit Cooper’s Ferry Partnership and Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts, aims to repurpose these littered areas and inspire Camden residents to combat pollution.

Camden’s mayor, Francisco Moran, said in a statement, “Illegal dumping is unsightly, unlawful, and costs the city over $4 million annually. This winning project provides a unique way to bring together residents and artists to address this issue with creativity and create a brighter future for Camden.”

“A New View” will also involve an environmental organization called the Camden Collaborative Initiative, the Camden City Cultural and Heritage Commission, independent curators, and local businesses. The artists for the project have not been selected yet.

Kris Kolluri, the president and CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, said in a release, “This funding will allow Camden’s best and brightest artists, curators, and community-builders to come together to beautify highly visible areas of the city. ‘A New View’ will shine light on important urban issues, and strengthen our neighborhoods and tourism sector.”

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