Camden, New Jersey, USA
MissionCamden FireWorks uses art to create social change.
What We DoCamden FireWorks employs a three-point approach of Bonding, Building, and Bridging to fulfill our mission:
Bonding - Our vision is equitable access to creative expression for under-represented groups in the arts. Because renting creative, in additional to residential, space can be a barrier to access for artists of color, Camden FireWorks a supportive, creative space (including nine artist studios) at below-market rates.
Building - We are intentionally working to provide inclusive content with the goal of increasing trust between groups of different identity; thus, we provide community programming at no/minimal cost to artists-to-be. Additionally, we believe that affirming their identity is a critical component to emerging artists and provide opportunities to build diverse collaborations.
Bridging - Our desire is to foster connection between institutions and organizations. Our biggest asset is our artist community; our next greatest asset is the historic place that allows for creative expression. We create partnerships with neighbors and community stakeholders by offering our historic place (circa 1800s firehouse) for creative and arts-related events.