Discover the transformative power of the arts in “48 Stories”, a new book by the Atlantic City Arts Foundation


“48 Stories” is a collection of 48 unique stories about Atlantic City with the common thread of the organization’s annual 48 Blocks Atlantic City event. Join ACAF at a free event to celebrate the release on September 24th!

For immediate release:
September 11, 2019

Atlantic City, N.J. – In June, the Atlantic City Arts Foundation (ACAF) released “48 Stories”, a collection of 48 unique stories with the common thread of 48 Blocks Atlantic City, the organization’s flagship program produced in partnership with Stockton University. On Tuesday, September 24th, ACAF invites the community to a free event to celebrate the book and have their copy signed by the contributors, photographers, and storytellers!

Kathy Whitmore of The Leadership Studio and Sylvester Kolakowski showing off a copy of “48 Stories” at the June 48 Blocks AC kick-off party at Bourré. Credit: Ruben Garcia 2019

“48 Stories” Celebration & Book Signing – FREE

Tuesday, September 24th at 5pm
Stockton University Atlantic City
3711 Atlantic Avenue
Residential Building Common Area
Validated parking available in adjacent parking garage

The people and projects featured in the book testify to the power of art and community. Artists, volunteers, government officials, planners, business owners and residents contributed their voices to this new narrative for the city, sharing a love for Atlantic City and a belief in its potential for renewal.

“Art touches the human soul in a way that nothing else can. It has the same effect on the soul of a city, which is the collective soul of its people,” artist and Atlantic City-native Kelley Prevard says in the book. Councilman Kaleem Shabazz doesn’t consider himself an artist, however, he advocates, “Creative venues are crucial to Atlantic City’s development. If we had unlimited resources, one of the things I would do is to have murals like those 48 Blocks AC has produced on every vacant building in the city.”

Artist & Atlantic City resident Kelley Prevard. Image from “48 Stories”. Credit: Matt Crowne 2019.

Prevard, Councilman Shabazz, artist Luz Sanchez, and others featured in the volume will share their stories on Tuesday evening.

Copies of “48 Stories” will be available for purchase ($30) and are also always available at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University. Attendees are encouraged to bring their copy along to the event to have it signed by the attending contributors! Light refreshments will be offered courtesy of Chico & Sons in Atlantic City.

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“48 Stories”. Credit: Matt Crowne 2019.

The Atlantic City Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public art access and fostering community art education in Atlantic City, NJ. ACAF develops programs that promote arts-based tourism and economic development initiatives while increasing community pride and civic self-esteem. Programs include 48 Blocks Atlantic City, Chalk About AC and ARTeriors.

The publication of 48 Stories was made possible through Stockton University’s 2020 Initiative grant funding.