Atlantic City Arts Foundation Partners with the City of Atlantic City for Young Adult Mural Internship Program


For immediate release:
August 15, 2019

Atlantic City, N.J. – The Atlantic City Arts Foundation has partnered with the City of Atlantic City (COAC) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Department as part of the Beyond Borders program providing teen and young adult residents an unconventional, hands-on mural art internship. The Beyond Borders program will enable participants to develop skills that can be used to pursue opportunities in the arts.

During the three-week program, launched on August 12, teen and young adult interns will work with local artists Christian Correa and Heather Deegan-Hires to develop and complete a mural on the first floor of City Hall in Atlantic City.

Image Credit: Pretty Rad Rej. 2019.

Correa has painted several murals in Atlantic City and is invested in the development of the community through the arts. “The Beyond Borders program is a unique opportunity for interns to participate in the process of mural art from concept ideation and planning through execution, and to directly experience the impact art has on a space,” says Correa.

In addition to working with Correa and Deegan-Hires, the interns will also have the opportunity to learn from videographer Matt Crowne and photographer Pretty Rad Rej, who will document the program and participate in the curriculum.

“This program leverages mural arts to deliver a robust experience for the interns, developing technical skills through civic engagement and participation in a small-scale revitalization project located in their city resulting in a sense of ownership, deepened civic pride, and broader access to workforce opportunities. Bringing these outcomes together aligns with the Atlantic City Arts Foundation’s goals to increase access to public art and foster community arts education,” says Joyce Hagen, Executive Director of the Atlantic City Arts Foundation.

The Beyond Borders program is part of the City of Atlantic City’s CDBG K.R.P. (Knowing Your Past…Realizing Your Present…Preparing Your Future) Initiative. The initiative is a series of community-focused programs aimed at enhancing citizens’ self-sufficiency through education. These programs intend to expand knowledge while developing the leadership and social skills of participants.

The Atlantic City Arts Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization working to foster an environment in which diverse arts and cultural programs enrich the quality of life for residents and visitors to Atlantic City, NJ.