2022 Programs

Lake Avenue Light Pole Base Beautification

City of Asbury Park Summer 2022 Mural Project

The APin3 Film Challenge

Lake Avenue Light Pole Base Beautification

APAC worked with the city to gain the required permission to beautify 12 large, concrete block light pole bases along Lake Avenue by using two prominent local artists to paint a decorative scheme on the drab grey bases. The project proposal was embraced by the Wesley Lake Commission and the finished product has enhanced the overall aesthetics of this portion of pedestrian way along Wesley Lake, which is already home to several gardens conceived and maintained by city’s Environmental Shade Tree Commission.

City of Asbury Park Summer 2022 Mural Project

The City of Asbury Park’s Public Art Commission spearheaded a mural project on the wastewater treatment plant at 1700 Kingsley Street, adjacent to the north end of the boardwalk. An open call was issued, and eleven artists were selected from over 60 submissions; six of the selected artists live in Asbury Park. APAC was able to assist the city with various aspects of the project including the open call, on-site artist coordination, securing additional funding through Monmouth Arts, social media marketing, archival video documentation and hosting an Artist Meet & Greet Party.

This project continued the momentum started with the city’s Summer 2021 Mural Art Project that was a part of the ReOPEN campaign and has proven to be popular with residents and visitors; the opportunity exists to add more murals to other parts of the wastewater treatment facility in future phases.

APin3 Film Challenge & APAC Networking Event

APAC launched this program that was originated by Board President, Mike Sodano, and his partner, Nancy Sabino, when they owned the Show Room Cinema in Asbury Park. The concept is that participants have three days to make a three-minute film about Asbury Park that has a required theme, line of dialogue, location and prop that are revealed on day one of the challenge. The films are judged by a panel of creatives and the top films get screened at a premier event where prizes are awarded, including an Audience Favorite that is voted on at the premier screening.

Supported with grant funding, this year’s challenge was promoted in print and on social media and direct outreach to many civic/community groups in Asbury Park and surrounding areas. The challenge was held over October 13th-16th weekend, with the films screened on October 23rd at the House of Independents at an event that coincided with APAC’s Fall Networking Meeting. That night, filmmakers and their families and friends were in attendance along with cinema lovers and other local creatives. Each film was introduced by its director, adding depth and humanity to the evening’s experience, and giving the crowd a tough decision to make for Audience Favorite. The APin3 Film Challenge is poised to become a signature annual event for APAC.

The APin3 Film Challenge

APin3 Award Winners