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April Saul from WHYY wrote a wonderful article about IDEA's programming during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the link to read about the activities taking place at 217 Market St.
IDEA will be featured in an upcoming segment on PBS' "Movers and Makers" due out in January. Click on the link below to see the preview!!!
On Sunday October 4, 2020, IDEA kicked off it's monthly Jazz Cafe called, "Jazz on Market St." It was a small, intimate crowd - keeping social distancing in mind, but the music was awesome, with everyone having a good time. On the first Sunday of each month, IDEA will host a jazz cafe, which depending on the weather, can be indoors or outdoors. Tickets are $10 at the front door. But the music is priceless! Look forward to seeing you at the next one! Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited.
On Saturday October 3, 2020, Visual Art and Drama Classes began at IDEA Center for the Arts. 11 students kicked off 6 weeks of creative classes aimed at helping young students express themselves visually, while some are learning the art of acting.
On Thursday September 24, 2020, the IDEA Center For The Arts held it's Grand Opening!!! See the "Tap Into Camden" and Courier Post articles.
The Grand Opening day was tremendous! See the recap video put together by Taquan Allen!
IDEA and Rutgers University Camden received a $50,000 grant from the Independence Public Media Foundation which will aid discussion over the "frieze" portion of the Walt Whitman Center in Johnson Park that has 'racist overtones'.
On February 12, 2020, WHYY brought over a crew to interview IDEA President and CEO Cynthia Primas. Look for the journalistic piece to air in the near future on WHYY.
CAMDEN – Downtown Camden is a hub for many things: government and social service agencies; businesses big and small; educational and medical institutions. It is not a hub for the arts, though. At least, not yet.
Read the entire Courier Post Article. 1-13-2020
CAMDEN, NJ — When the Institute for the Development of Education in the Arts (IDEA) saw their rent raised to $4,000 in March 2016 at the old South Jersey Performing Arts Center, it’s founder couldn’t help feel disheartened.
Read the entire "Tap Into Camden" Article. 1-12-20
CAMDEN - Cynthia Primas has always seen more to the arts than singing, writing, acting, dancing etc., but as something awaking inside her students where they begin to find who they are through creative expression and pursuits. Read the entire "Front Runner" Article. 12-20-19