IDEA Center For The Arts

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Our New Home

Currently under construction, this new facility will have 1,800 square feet of space for creative workshops for youth, a Jazz cafe, open mic sets, movie screenings, and other performing arts projects. It's located at 217 Market Street in downtown Camden, at the center of the rebirth of the city.  Whenever there is a revitalization, there's always an arts component; IDEA is that piece. The center will also house the Subaru Media Lab where students will learn the media arts, which will allow them to create works of art that tell their stories in their own artistic voice.


Please continue to check for details on our Grand Opening!!!

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Floor Plan

  • Take a look at the floor design of the future! The center has a music room, stage space for performances, a graphic design area, pub tables, and places for seating and having meetings.

Thank You!!!

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A Great Partnership!

We would like to thank the Michael's Organization for their generous donation to cover the construction for our center. This is a wonderful partnership that will allow us to open our doors and continue our efforts to offer a creative oasis here in Camden; and is right in line with the Michael's Organization's mission to "...bring comprehensive solutions to communities that jumpstart housing, education, civic engagement, and neighborhood prosperity."

Future Events at the Center

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The IDEA Jazz Cafe

The IDEA Center for the Arts is an intimate setting, and a perfect place to come and listen to small jazz ensembles play straight ahead, fusion or smooth jazz. Artists from all over the tri-state area are excited about bringing their jazz music to the center!  So, if you like to listen to live music, or you have a band that performs, the IDEA Jazz Cafe is the best place to be 

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IDEA Open Mic

People all over long for an opportunity to unleash their inner voice.  Having access to a venue that provides that chance to give rise to their voice, test out new material, or to simply let their hair down from a challenging work week, is a benefit!  Open Mic night at the Center for the Arts is that venue!

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Independent Films Series

The film series is open for local artist, actors, and film makers to come and showcase their films. The series will feature adult films as well as films for youth. The series is also dedicated to educating and enlightening our youth thru exposure to acting, filmmaking, producing and directing and will give them a voice to express their views.  It will also offer film conferences, live entertainment,  popcorn and beverages, and social events where movie goers can meet movie makers and actors.

Artist Club

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Our Vision

The IDEA Center for the Arts will serve as a cultural gathering place to celebrate the arts in all of its forms. We hope that the IDEA Center for the Arts will also serve as an exhibition, arts education and performance space where talented and diverse artists can inspire, strengthen, support, unite and enlighten the community through their performances and exhibitions and serve as a home for many emerging, established as well as struggling artist in Camden and throughout the region.

Purpose

The club provides a support platform for all of those who are involved in the arts to meet, create, display and circulate their art whether its music, dance, theater, visual arts, media and more.. By Offering monthly workshops, presentations, master classes and creative opportunities, club members get to meet other artist through networking, collaboration and discovery. The club also gives artist frequent access to the centers amenities such as our multi media labs and performance stage.

Other Amenities Include

  • A cozy space to work out your creativity in an intimate art studio. 
  • A chance to work with IDEA’s creative staff to support you in your creative endeavors 
  • Opportunity to utilize our Sound/Music Studio, Graphic Design Studio, TV Production Studio and Performance Stage, 
  • Opportunity to create Podcasts, Live Stream your show, Compose and rehearse your new song,  teach a class or exhibit your work.
  • Participate in our Artist/Vendor POP UP Shop 
  • Sell and exhibit your Creative Products in our Artist Merchandise Store 
  • Chance to facilitate our monthly workshops and discussion meetings on creative subjects. 
  • Virtual Workshops also facilitated by IDEA Staff and Guest Artist from around the world
  • Some Fees apply for the use of equipment as well as Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Rental of Co work space.
  • A chance to mentor young artist
  • JOIN TODAY: Limited membership available. 
  • Click on the link below to sign up

Calendar of Construction Events

1/10/2020

Construction Begins

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/10/2020

Construction Begins

Construction on the inside of the center begins.

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/13/2020

Framing Complete

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/13/2020

Framing Complete

It didn't take them that long, but initial framing for dry wall was completed. 

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/17/2020

Electrician begins wiring the place

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/17/2020

Electrician begins wiring the place

Once permits were secured, the electrician began setting up for installing the wiring.

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/21/2020

Stage Work!

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/21/2020

Stage Work!

The carpenter is installing the stage!

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/31/2020

We've Got Electricity!

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

1/31/2020

We've Got Electricity!

After two weeks of non-stop work, the electrician Chris Daily completed installing the wiring and outlets for electricity! Next up - drywall...

9am - 6pm

Camden, NJ

More Events

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