Superior Arts mission is to provide Camden City with an artistic venue for Camden residents to embark upon a compelling experience through Dance, Acting, and Production Management. The organization, in partnership with schools and community organizations, was designed for Camden residents to explore all areas of preforming arts.
Samir Nichols is a 25 year-old Camden native who has a community activist spirit and works hard to bring awareness to community and social issues through theater arts awareness, He refers to his self and his team as “gladiators in Suits". At age 14 he constructed a non-profit to support an “Arts in Education” platform that allows Camden City scholars the ability to express themselves through dance and musical arts.
Most recently, Samir has served as Artistic Facilitator to Rutgers University, Yorkship Elementary School, Hatch Family School, and Coopers Poynt School providing students with artistic best practices and sustainable training. Samir is a firm believer that everyone has a dream and is entitled to live out that dream as he has, and it is his job and reasonability to be a beacon of hope for young artistic pioneers to not only serve artistically, but civically as well.
Superior Arts Institute, a Camden-based non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to social injustices through interactive, artistic experiences, is proud to announce a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations. This partnership, made possible in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, will result is a performing arts and community storytelling project centered around experiences of environmental injustice in Camden.
Blackology is our Black Lives Matter statement in art. When realized, Blackology is a trilogy that will provide three years of robust programming for Superior Arts. This program is our main priority and scaling it is our 3-year goal. Blackology 101 is the first component that is targeted to high school students and their experience. Blackology 102, the second component, will be targeted to college students and subsequently, their experience. Blackology 103, the final component of the trilogy, will be a culmination of the black lived experience and will seek to capture how that experience aligned or misaligned with the American dream. The Trilogy. Blackology is envisioned as an immersive, theatrical experience that happens in real space as well as digitally.
“We’re going to bring that feel to the city. This is going to be the first-ever outdoor art sanctuary, where we’ll be able to build sets,” Nichols said, pointing to a trail off Wildwood Avenue along the Cooper River. “And it kind of already looks like a theater.”
At age 14, Camden resident Samir Nichols established the Superior Arts Institute because he believed his peers in the city were “missing a unified vision for the arts run by people who looked like them.”
"The plan includes professional development opportunities for artists, workshops, grant-writing seminars and programs for adults and children."
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