Event

Arts & Culture Plan Open House

Drop In Session

December 13, 2022 / 5pm-8pm

APAC Open House


Asbury Park Arts Council is hosting an upcoming open public meeting for the Arts & Culture Plan.

The details:

Asbury Park Arts & Culture Plan
OPEN HOUSE/DROP IN SESSION
Tuesday, December 13th
5pm to 8pm (Come Any Time!)
Blackbird Commons-131 Atkins Avenue, Asbury Park, 07712


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


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


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.


Sea.Hear.Now.

The third annual Sea.Hear.Now Festival will take place on September 18th and 19th hosting more than 25 bands on its three stages at North Beach and Bradley Park.  Surfing, yoga and art will also be incorporated into the festival. (September 18-19, 2021)


AP Dance Festival

Asbury Park Dance Festival

The second annual Asbury Park Dance Festival brings world renowned dancers and companies to the Jersey Shore for performances and master classes to support ARTSEDNJ and their mission to make arts education available to every child, every day, every school. (September 25, 2021)