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We Need To Hear From You!

You can participate in shaping the Arts & Culture Plan by sharing you’re your thoughts, interests, perspective, and knowledge about Arts & Culture in Asbury Park.

Use one (or all) of the methods below to ensure the plan represents your needs and priorities.

1) Take The Survey

Let us know about you interests, experiences, and thoughts about Art & Culture.

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2) Talk To Us In Person

  • 15 SEP) Wooden Walls @ the Boardwalk Carousel: 6pm-10pm
  • 25 SEP) JT Bowen & Arlan Feiles @ The Turf Club: 3pm-5pm, 1200 Springwood Avenue
  • 08 OCT) Asbury Park Fall Fun Day: 1pm – 4pm, Sunset Park (b/w Main St & Bond Street)
  • 22 OCT) Asbury Park Community Festival: 11am-4pm, Springwood Park
...more to come

3) Start a Conversation

Use our message board below to see share your thoughts and interact with others about arts & culture in the city. We’ll also respond and contribute. Be honest but keep it respectful.

The Apin3 Film Challenge

The APin3 Film ChallengeThe Asbury Park Arts Council (APAC) is pleased to announce its first annual ‘APin3’, a three minute film challenge open to all local amateur filmmakers. Those who apply will be required to write, shoot and edit a short film about Asbury Park during a three-day period in October, utilizing a supplied theme, a specific line of dialogue and incorporating a designated location and prop. The top ten short films, as judged by a panel of independent creatives, will be screened at the House of Independents on Sunday, October 23rd. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded to the top three films and one audience-choice winner.

“We know that there are filmmakers, their families and friends who enjoy the teamwork aspect of this type of challenge and this is a great way to showcase talent in our great little city,” said Mike Sodano, one of the founding members of APAC. “Making Asbury Park the focus of short films allows anyone to have a voice in how the city is perceived and keeps the artform on the street.” Sodano, and his partner Nancy Sabino, originally the created the ‘APin3’ concept in 2014 when they were owners of the Showroom Cinema on Cookman Avenue; they ran the challenge twice and were impressed with the variety and creativity of the entries. Sodano brought the idea with him to APAC, which was successful in attracting grant funding to help underwrite the project this year.

The online submission platform, Film Freeway, will be utilized for the challenge and applications can be found through APAC’s website: asburyparkartscouncil.org. There is a $25 entry fee, but no one should feel that the cost is a barrier as there are discounts and sponsorships available to help with the entry fee. The actual filming timeframe will start at 6pm on Thursday, October 13th when filmmaker kits will be sent via email to all applicants and will end at 6pm on Sunday, October 16th, the time by which all films will need to be uploaded

Carrie Turner, Executive Director of APAC said, “It is our hope that there is participation from a wide range of individuals and organizations; Asbury is full of artists and characters alike and we expect to see that represented in the submissions. Since films can be shot on such widely available tools as your cell phone, almost anyone is able to take part in the challenge. APAC looks forward to growing AP in 3 to become an annual event that showcases the creative spirit that is found in every corner of our city.”

Start thinking about how you’d like to tell your story of Asbury Park and apply to be a part of this year’s APin3. Mark your calendar for this cinematic weekend in October.

Tickets for the premier screening on the 23rd will be available soon on the Film Freeway website – www.FilmFreeway.com/APin3 – and cost $5.

The Asbury Park Arts Council is a 501c3 group formed to advocate for and promote arts and culture initiatives in the city. For more information on APAC: www.asburyparkartscouncil.org

For Immediate Release – Contact: Nancy Sabino 201-207-9249

Shana LaBranche

Shana LaBranche


Local weekly paper covering regional news and events gets an interview with artist Shana LaBranche . by Tara Collins AKA Twisted T

Shana LaBranche

I met Shana at a recent art opening at Over The Moon Art Studios where she and I had art on display.  As soon as I laid eyes on Shana and I saw her bright, friendly smile she drew me in.  She is one of those special humans who lights up a room with her energy and beautiful smile.  Shana is a Floridian who moved to Asbury Park ten years ago.  Listening to the story of how she came to Asbury Park was a series of events that sounds like divine intervention.

Tell me about your art background? Art School or Self-Taught? 

I come from a very big, creative family, I am one of eight children (#5 in the lineup) and out of my eight siblings, five of us have some type of artistic or creative ability.  My older brother, Hanson, who basically taught me everything I know was an artist, he passed away in 2012 at the age of 25 due to liver failure.

Most of what I know is self-taught except when I was younger I attended BAK Middle School of the Arts, for kids who had artistic capabilities.  I had to audition to get in, but that school was the foundation.  I explored sketching, printmaking, mobiles, clay art, different styles of art like the grid method, stippling, hatching and the list goes on.  We were encouraged to create and to carry a sketchbook with us at all times.  We were also critiqued by our teachers and peers.  I learned that art isn’t just one way or expressed the same and I thrived there.  I was encouraged to continue to the high school, but this was around the same time my brother was diagnosed with liver failure, I missed the chance to audition, but didn’t even care at that point.

What is your process with your art 

I usually start off with a sketch and an idea in my head of how I want the outcome to be, but I embrace mistakes.  Sometimes I’m painting and I do something that wasn’t in my head but it looks good so I keep it and use that “mistake” throughout the painting or take it with me in other paintings.

How did the quarantine/Covid-19 affect you as an artist? 

It actually inspired me.  Once we were all ordered to stay home all I had was my art and time.  It all started with my “Social Distancing” piece.  I painted the first of three paintings and I posted it on my Instagram story, which is only available for 24 hours.  I got so many compliments and comments from people saying they can relate to what I painted.  It inspired me how everyone could relate to how we were separate, yet connected.  That started my “Self Care Series”.  Covid affected my art in a positive way.   It gave me the momentum I needed.  Prior to Covid, I was so consumed with work and life and suddenly I was able to stop and create.

Tell me more about the “Self Care” series.  (These are the pieces on exhibit at Over The Moon Art Studios)

I was inspired by a digital artist (@morysetta) who created a digital picture of a girl on the moon that I saw on Instagram.  I decided to paint my version of a girl with a fro, homegirl in a bubble bath with a glass of wine in outer space, but also kept it “dark” because it was such a dark time.  I reached out to Morysetta to tell her she had inspired me and asked if it was ok to post my painting.  She wanted to see it and then she said, “Yeah, go ahead!”  People really liked it, so I continued on making more of them.

*How do you think the community can better support their artists?

More help with the business end of being an artist, as well as, opportunities to network with other artists, where we can share ideas.

*What would you like to see happen in the Monmouth County art community?

Artist to Artist Mentorships.  Having an established, professional artist mentor me so that someday when I am more established, I can “Pay it Forward” and mentor an up and coming artist who needs help.

You can view Shana’s work in-person at Over The Moon Art Studios at 808 Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park or visit her website: shanatheecreative.com
Instagram: @shana_thee_creative  Tiktok: shana_thee_creative  Facebook: shana_thee_creative

Shana LaBranche

Free Pop Up Performance at the Carousel building

Asbury Park Dance Festival In association with Wooden Walls Project presents a free pop up performance and talk.

Saturday, August 13th at 5:30 PM
Free Pop Up Performance at the Carousel building At the Carousel Building on the Asbury Park Boardwalk

    • Excerpts from a new work by APDF co-founder Laura Halzak
    • Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater
    • Martha Graham Dance Company Alum: Blakeley White-McGuire
    • Current and former Paul Taylor dancers:Kristin Draucker & Michael Trusnovec
    • Dance Therapy presents Hasseim Bey

Sunday August 14th 4pm

A Conversation with former Martha Graham Dance Company star and author Blakeley White-McGuire. Moderated by Kim Powers

A reading and conversation with Blakeley White-McGuire, former Martha Graham Dance Company star and author of The Martha Graham Dance Company: House of the Pelvic Truth.

Through a series of insightful interviews, this book illuminates the ongoing significance of Martha Graham and her eponymous collective. The conversation will be moderated by Emmy-winning producer and author Kim Powers.

Asbury Book Cooperative
644A Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park

Siren Arts: Salt

Siren Arts: SALT series of artist talks & performance July 11 – August 19, 2022

Transformer presents the 6th year of our Siren Arts program at the beach in Asbury Park, NJ, supporting 9 east coast based artists presenting innovative performance art works that celebrate the ocean and address themes of labor, climate change, and human & environmental interconnectedness.

Each artists’ five day beach residency includes public artist talks 6pm Wednesdays at Transparent Clinch Gallery, and performances 7pm Thursdays on the 2nd Avenue Beach.

All programs are presented free of charge; all are welcome to attend.

Art Journal Jam

Weekly Art Journal Jam starts at Parlor Gallery!

Weekly Art Journal Jam starts at Parlor Gallery! triCityNews Artist Interviewer, Tara Collins a.k.a. Twisted T, has formed the “Jersey Art Journal Jam”, a weekly group art journaling night at Parlor Gallery on Thursday nights. Whether you are an artist or a newbie, discover the many joys of Art Journaling! Allow your art journal to become your diary, scrapbook or art portfolio. Art Journaling is a way of documenting your daily life incorporating “pieces” of your day, a place to experiment and play with different art mediums, it’s inexpensive, portable and a therapeutic form of creative self-care. In our busy worlds, we need to “schedule creativity” to fit it in so come and get together Every Thursday night or when you’re available to interact with art journalers of all ages and skill levels. Bring your own sketchbook or art journal, some supplies including markers and scissors (basic art supplies will be provided), BYO refreshments or snacks.

Weekly sessions are $20 per person, every 2nd Thursday of the month will be DONATION BASED where journalers can pay what they can to join in.

    • Sessions are 6:00-8:00 pm OR 7:00–9:00 pm
    • Located at Parlor Gallery, 717 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
    • Contact Tara with any questions at: mytwistedart@gmail.com or via IG @artoftwistedt


Asbury Park Arts Council supports Inspire Life!


Inspire Life Fine Arts and Technology Camp is a camp designed to expose young minds to creative artistry, basic musical theory, technology concepts, song composition and production, dance, vocal techniques, and all things STEAM! In addition to exposing young creatives to fine arts and technology, the camp is also designed to help kickstart their minds and prepare them for the upcoming school year. Self-empowerment, leadership skills, personal excellence, and mental health and wellbeing are central themes that undergird each activity and lesson.

Inspire Camp offers in-person camps for youth ages 7-17. These camps are held during school breaks (i.e. summer, fall, winter, and spring). Below are some of the course offerings within their camps.

  • Urban Farming at Kula Farm
  • Dance & Choreography
  • Music Production and Theory
  • Technology & STEAM
  • Photography
  • YouTube Content Creators

Music Mondays

Music Mondays at Springwood Park- Summer 2022

Look for the APAC table at Music Mondays, the free weekly music series produced by the Asbury Park Music Foundation in Springwood Park at the corner of Atkins and Springwood Avenues.  APAC is using this opportunity to meet residents in a casual setting to introduce ourselves and our goal of getting an Arts and Culture Plan created for the city.   The popular concert series kicked off its seventh season on July 4th and will run through the end of August; all performances are from 6pm-8pm and include one opening act and a headliner.  Attendance is often in the hundreds and is as demographically diverse as Asbury Park itself.   APAC is excited to be in the community and hear firsthand of how the arts is impacting peoples’ lives; we look forward to gathering valuable feedback that will help shape our community engagement efforts going forward.

For a full Music Monday schedule: https://asburyparkmusiclives.org/upcoming-events-springwood.

Meagan Greenberg


Local weekly paper covering regional news and events gets an interview with artist Meagan Greenberg . by Tara Collins AKA Twisted T

Meagan Greenberg is the sweet, bubbly charismatic sweetheart behind Over The Moon Art Studios on Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park. First, her business provides a great need for artists in the way of art studio space. For those who do not have the room in their living space for art making, Over the Moon provides affordable art studios. Second, she is an enthusiastic art teacher who offers an interesting selection of art workshops and classes for children and adults. Third, she loves co-creating with others and has created a social Art Club for creatives. Meagan is also a talented artist who uses sound bites in music to guide her art making.

Tell me about your art background? Art School or Self-Taught?

A little bit of both. I got my first degree in Psychology and then I went back to college to become an art teacher. Being an art teacher taught me how to experiment with many
different materials, but it never actually taught me how to professionally paint or make a living as an artist. That is the stuff I am learning now in the field. It’s a big part of the reason I created our studio, Over The Moon. I wanted to give artists the opportunity to learn from each other about practical techniques and the professional side of being an artist.

What brought you to create the art that you make?

I have a lifelong infatuation with color, from both an aesthetic and psychological standpoint. Every art piece I make is about how we use color to convey meaning. I also
relish any opportunity to tinker! I have a blast experimenting with new mediums. When I found alcohol inks, they were different from any material I had worked with before. I was fascinated by the chemistry which produces the color banding and striations. I even learned a little bit about the liquid chromatography process. What I love the most about this material is that the ink has a mind of its own.

What is your process with your art making?

My whole process is very intuitive and improvisational because I have very little control. I use air to move the ink instead of a brush, so I have to extemporize and create solutions to all the little visual problems that pop up as the ink moves in unpredictable ways.

What do you listen to when you create? Music, podcasts?

I love my TED talks, but music plays a large role in my art-making process. I regularly use music (and the synesthetic experience generated by it) as a starting point to create a
subjective constraint. I aim to transform sound bite, song, and its immersive cognitive experience into visual imagery.

Tell me more about how sound and music work in your art.

I have strong visual imagery associations with sound. Some artists label this as “synesthesia” or “pseudo- synesthesia” a neurological phenomenon. But, in my case, Ipersonally think that as human beings with multisensory nervous systems, we inherently make associations from birth and those show up in our artwork. Music is multi-sensory. If you close your eyes when listening to music, you have imagery that goes along with it. Some songs “sound” blue or red. I experience visual sensation with sound and I see shapes, some sounds are “watery” others are like “bursts”. I listen and create what I hear.

What would you like to see happen in the Monmouth County art community?

I want to see everyone learning and growing and nurturing their artistic passions. I want these opportunities to be accessible to everyone regardless of their income, both for
children and adults and especially senior citizens! I would love to work with local organizations to establish and fund free and affordable art classes and workshops for anyone who wants to take them! Over The Moon has helped me establish relationships with tons of artists who are eager to teach and share their passions, technical skills, and wisdom. If a nonprofit is interested in working with us to make this happen, please contact me.

You can contact Meagan & see her work at: OverTheMoonArtStudios.com
Instagram: @meagg.e.moon_art & @over_the_moon_art_studios or stop by the studio at 800
Springwood Avenue in Asbury Park (located in the back part of the Second Life Bikes building)

Lady King Collage


Local weekly paper covering regional news and events gets an interview with artist Lady King Collage. by Tara Collins AKA Twisted T

In honor of National Collage Day recently, I thought it would be a good time to interview “Lady King Collage” whom I follow on Instagram. I really enjoy her image choices and
sense of humor with the combinations she arranges in her collages. Tell me about your art background?

Did you attend art school or are you self taught?

I am self-taught. I didn’t go to art school, I went to college for Wildlife Conservation with a focus in Animal Behavior. As I think with most people though, art has always been
such an important part of my life.

What brought you to create the art that you make?

I have these old collages in my little home studio in West Belmar, that I made during the height of the presidential election in 2016. They are pretty straight forward and were an
easy way for me to express a lot of the sadness I was feeling. I didn’t share art in a public way for a long time, but I think that’s probably what initiated my introduction specifically into the collage world. My art has certainly evolved over the years, but what has remained the same has been my love of nature and the sciences, as well as frustration with so many political issues. Ultimately, I create as an outlet, but if I make something that resonates with just one other person – that’s a great feeling.

What is your process with your art making?

I work specifically with paper. I spend a lot of time checking out antique stores that have old books or bidding on vintage magazines on eBay. Once I get a haul of new materials, I pull out everything I think I might want to use and go from there. At this point, I have hundreds of old sci-fi magazines, field guides and art history books. I use a scalpel or short fine blade scissors to cut the images out and usually a basic glue or Modge Podge to seal everything together.

What inspires you?

Is “everything” too corny of an answer? The truth is I’ll cry just listening to a classical piece of music. I’ll cry if I see a herd of deer on my way to work and the sunlight hits them at just the right angle. Nature inspires me and science inspires me. There are so many incredible artists that I look up to who inspire me as well.

If or when you get lost in an “art funk” (like writer’s block for artists), what helps you get back to creating?

I wish I had a solution to this, I’m open to suggestions! In all honesty, I’ll (sometimes) go weeks without creating anything. I try to navigate the ebb and flow of those emotions responsibly now, more so than I did when I was younger. I don’t want to put pressure on myself to create, but I do try to recognize when it’s been a while since I last sat down to make something. I used to be hard on myself if I sat down to create and wasn’t happy with what I was making. I still deal with those same feelings, but I try to redirect my thoughts when that happens now. Once I can get past that, it usually opens me back up to feeling free enough to create again.

Where do you show/exhibit your art?

I recently was part of the Asbury Park Avant-Garde exhibit at the M. Christina Geis Gallery at Georgian Court University. Before that, pre COVID, at the Locals Art Space in Asbury and Trident Arts in Long Branch. I’ve also been fortunate enough to create and co-create album art with friends of mine for their music, Martin Howth, Thank You Scientist, Karmic Juggernaut to name a few.

What would you like to see happen in the Monmouth County art community?

It sounds silly to state the obvious, but to think that we all spent over a year shut down with no gallery openings, no live music, it really makes me appreciate where we are now. Art brings joy to all of us in so many different ways and it’s imperative, especially now for people to show their appreciation for art by showing their support. They can buy local art or buy a ticket to see a live band. Or, if you can’t help monetarily, continue to support local projects and programs that benefit artists in their area, get involved at a grassroots level to encourage local politicians to support the art community, or see if there are any volunteer opportunities at any local galleries or organizations.

Check out her collages on Instagram @ladykingcollage