The arts are alive in Camden.
There is a new generation of artists that range from poets and rappers to painters and taggers. They want to have fun in peaceful environments. They are diverse in every way. They have friends from all over the area. They are aware of the negative image of Camden and prove that you cannot paint the city with a broad brush.
In April, I got to hang out with Kingsley Ibeneche, a Creative Arts High School and University of the Arts graduate. A son of Nigerian born parents, Kignsley and his friends decided to create an arts movement instead of seeking one.
Along with Devon Taylor, Kingsley organized an open mic event – CO LAB – in his downtown home. Between an abandoned house and a dark street, the event was filled with love, creativity, talent, and support. Everyone was happy. There was food and wine served.
There is more to come. Check out NJ Platform for more information.