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HAMMONTON - The South Jersey Cultural Alliance has a new home in Hammonton.

Representatives from the region’s arts, history and cultural community gathered last week as Stockton University welcomed the alliance to its new location at Kramer Hall, a Stockton University instructional site on Front Street in Hammonton.

The move represents a collaboration between SJCA, Stockton University and the town of Hammonton.

“We are pleased to collaborate with a partner who shares our institutional commitment to the arts and culture and the positive development of southern New Jersey,” said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, president of Stockton University.

“The idea of uniting the SJCA with the established cultural center of Hammonton just makes good sense, and it creates a mutually beneficial support system for all of the parties and fits directly with your mission to strengthen nonprofit arts, history and cultural organizations within southern New Jersey,” continued Kesselman during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held at the new offices inside Kramer Hall on July 19. “We believe this partnership will provide infinite opportunities for collaboration between Stockton University, SJCA, member agencies, and most important our students.”

The SJCA provides access to programs and services that are specifically designed for individuals and organizations working in arts, culture and history pursuits. Services include seminars, workshops, marketing initiatives, and assistance with publications and social media. More than 120 nonprofit organizations are members of the cultural alliance.

“We are so excited about our clean slate,” said Karen Pinzolo, executive director of the SJCA. “We have many new board members, a new strategic plan, a new director, a new home, and a new partner with Stockton University.”

The alliance was looking for an artsy environment with a great town that has culturally engaged citizens. “I’d really like to thank Hammonton for a warm welcome,” she said.

To commemorate the opening of the new headquarters, SJCA made a $1,000 donation to the Hammonton Revitalization Corporation, whose programs include MainStreet Hammonton and the Hammonton Arts District.

The funds will be used as seed money to create an outdoor central community gathering place that includes social activities and interactive art experiences. The concept, referred to as a Central Piazza, was developed during the Creative Hammonton Convening that was held earlier this year.

There are no specific plans, but the initial concept area is along Central Avenue between Bellevue Avenue and Vine Street. The funds and the project will bring the stakeholders and community members together as the project moves forward, said Pinzolo.

The ribbon-cutting celebration included a networking lunch, speakers, a sparkling cider toast, dessert reception and a tour of the Hammonton Arts District.

For more information about the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, visit www.sjca.net or visit their new office inside Kramer Hall at 30 Front St.

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