Thanks to the generosity of community grants from Columbia Bank Foundation and Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission as well as several sponsorships from Voorhees Township, Voorhees Citizen’s Event Foundation and other Voorhees businesses, the Voorhees Arts Council thrived in 2019, its first full year of existence, by providing many diverse art programs to the community and sharing its rich art diversity in the gallery.
• Art classes- we have held ongoing weekly watercolor class and photography project one on one to dozens of students collectively. We also provided art sessions for kids at our weekly Pop Up Art on Tuesdays, and our Tween Camp on Wednesdays, as well as our Pizza Painting Party monthly.
• Special Workshops- we have held on fun topics like Art of Chocolate, and Stress Relief, Mother’s Day Gift, as well as partnering with Magic Yarn Project, holding 2 workshops of magic wig making for children with cancer. And a series of miniature painting workshops.
• Art Exhibits & Receptions monthly, with featured peer art exhibits, Watercolor Class projects, honoring Earth Day and our First Anniversary of the Voorhees Arts Center & Gallery, which attracted many new artists in our community. And we have partnered twice with CNNH and NeurAbilities to provide an incredibly moving reception honoring & exhibiting the work of students and artists with disabilities.
• We have 30 standing resident artists showing their work in the gallery and another 23-28 rotating in the Arts on the Boulevard program quarterly, representing incredible diversity. VAC has managed the Arts on the Boulevard Program showcasing the artwork rotating ~90 pieces of art seasonally in the vacant storefronts on the Blvd and in the VTC Mall.
• As an outreach of the Arts on the Boulevard, we have partnered with Republic Bank to do a quarterly “unveil” and for quarter 3 we are expanding to feature an artist in the Cornerstone Bank lobby. We also show work of 6 rotating artists in the club house of Foster Square. This all facilitates our getting art out into the community, bringing Art Alive in Voorhees.
• As an extension of our center programming, we have held photography tours to the Lakota Wolf Preserve, the Philadelphia Zoo, and photography bird walk at Blueberry Hill (Gibbsboro), and presentations which also deepened our partnerships with Sustainable Gibbsboro and Sustainable Voorhees.
• VAC artists have been present at the Summer Concert Series, National Night Out and Halloween & Fall Festival for rock painting, pumpkin decorating and face painting.
• We have provided the space of the Center as an opportunity for individual artists or organization to celebrate art with receptions, this has expanded our community connection.
• We have a strong social media presence on Facebook and have launched a professional website informing the community of all these art activities and opportunities.
• The programs delivered at the Voorhees Arts Center have served diverse audiences such as our bi-annual “Self-Expression Art Exhibit”, the monthly painting class for artists with disabilities, the ongoing watercolor class with seniors, the weekly drop off pop-up art for kids, the special holiday card creations for deployed military troops and partnering with BookSmiles, painting bins to harvest books for children who need them.
• All of this programming, exhibiting and celebrating has led to the Voorhees Arts Council and its artists serving over 1700 people in our community with this funding providing 126 art activities/events. Art is Alive in Voorhees.
Prepared by Marianne Leone, Co-Chair of Voorhees Arts Council & Executive Director of Voorhees Arts Center & Gallery.