Our Town

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

Long Beach Island, New Jersey

$25,000

2012

Long Beach Island is a barrier island off the coast of southern New Jersey, across Barnegat Bay from the town of Manahawkin. Although the year-round population of the island is around 6,000, the population swells to 100,000 during the summer due to the number of beaches and resort areas on the island.

Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences is partnering with the Township of Long Beach—the largest barrier island community—and ten organizations representing local art, private, and government sectors on strategic planning activities to establish a cultural district on Long Beach Island that will create a cohesive cultural framework. Project activities include community engagement with artists and residents, inventorying arts assets, assessing barriers to building a strong presence for the arts, and identifying underutilized assets that could support future arts development. A consultant team from Arts Build Community at Rutgers University, led by Professor Leonardo Vasquez, will deliver a final plan to guide implementation of a cultural district.