Created as an integral component of the 2015 Connect the Lots initiative, the Camden ArtBox is a 40ft storage container repurposed as a flexible and mobile community creative space. The exterior of the container is a vibrant green, symbolizing vitality and renewal, and is wrapped with mural space, including an interactive feature asking participants to express why they love Camden. The interior is fitted out as a flexible gallery and arts space.
Since its creation, the ArtBox has hosted two artistic events, both curated by Camden-based artist William Butler. The first was a pop-up exhibit of Camden high school student art at the September 19th Camden Jam, a City-wide arts and music festival at Roosevelt Plaza Park, in front of Camden City Hall. After the Camden Jam, the ArtBox moved to its current location, situated within the front yard of the Ruby Match Factory, a beautiful and historic former factory being transformed into Camden’s first state-of-the-art loft office and commercial space. There, as part of the monthly 3rd Thursday Art Crawl on October 15, the ArtBox hosted ‘Camden Beautiful’, a public exhibit of black and white representational paintings by William Butler.
In the future, Connect the Lots anticipates a multitude of exciting opportunities abounding from the ArtBox, including its utilization as a resident artist space, a performing arts space for spoken word, music and theatre, and an outdoor movie space.