Sewage from the +500,000 residents of Camden County all flows to one neighborhood in Camden, Waterfront South, with a population of +3,000. Old pipes and infrastructure cannot handle the flow of sewage mixed with stormwater during heavy rain and diluted sewage backs up into streets and homes throughout the City of Camden.
HOW IS IT RACIST?
The City of Camden is over 95% African American and Hispanic, while Camden County is much more affluent and 71% white.
The majority (over 90%) of the City of Camden is served by a combined sewer system (CSO). When it rains heavily in Camden, the combined sewer system can flood the neighborhood’s parks, streets, and homes with water containing unsanitary and even hazardous material.
HOW IS IT RACIST?
Camden City has 16 CSO outfalls, 10 of which are in Central Waterfront and Waterfront South. These are the areas that dump combined sewage into Camden waterways which, after a heavy rain, may contain untreated, unclean water
In partnership with the Trust for Public Land and funding from the National Endowment of the Arts, Superior Arts Institute is excited to invite you to “Unmasked,” a series of performative arts and a community storytelling project centered around resident experiences and Camden city’s particular vulnerability to environmental hazards like high rates of air pollution, extreme urban heat, and sewage filled stormwater seeping into homes.
As a Camden-based non-profit dedicated to bringing awareness to social injustices through interactive artistic experiences, Superior Arts Institute offers Unmasked: Open Mic and Blackology Table Read I & II to serve as a mechanism for amplifying and documenting black and brown voices through artistic expression, expose systemic injustices, and promote inclusive solutions to half a century of environmental racism in cities like Camden.
Historically, Black and brown communities have been disadvantaged by racist and unjust environmental policies, having direct implications for the health, safety, and wellbeing of its residents. Superior Arts is working to raise awareness and encourage the community to raise their voices as agents of change to restore Camden’s green spaces, reduce pollution, and ensure that residents of the city have safe places to live, work, and play.
Join us in unccovering the naked truth about the air we breathe, the blocks we walk, and the startling facts that pose a great risk to public health and safety in the city that over 73,000 residents call home.
The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit that creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations. To learn more about tpl's GREEN AND HEALTHY TOOL, visit https://web.tplgis.org/camden_csc/
To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Superior Arts is proud to partner with The Trust for Public Land in the creation of “Town Hall: Resolution 50,” made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. "Town Hall" will premiere on October 23, 2021 2-5 pm at North Gate Park. All are welcome, especially the residents of Camden.
“Town Hall: Resolution 50," follows the personal journey of four Camden City high school students who share their experiences as young people of color affected by systems of injustice that ultimately challenge their quality of life. The play depicts the lived experiences of environmental racism in Camden, based on resident stories of living in extreme urban heat, breathing in polluted air, wading through contaminated flood water and gathering concerns about what is to come when climate change accelerates these hardships.
“Town Hall,” offers a guide to navigating advocacy through the arts. By joining the audience, you are asked to think critically about personal, community and governmental responsibility, and to collectively make sense of environmental injustices that are difficult to reconcile with the popular and historical American messages of equality and democracy.
For more information visit www.tpl.org.
Tune into our next live event: Blackology Table Read Pt 2. Wednesday, June 30, 2021 2:00pm
Joined by the Trust for Public Land, Camden Mayor Vic Carstarphen and others, Superior Arts Institute invited press and the Camden community to its project launch for "Unmasked", a series serving to amplify and document Black and brown voices through artistic expression, expose systemic injustices, and promote inclusive solutions to half a century of environmental racism. Click here to learn more.
Hosted by, Voices in Power's, Luis Marrero, we kicked things off with an open mic event. Over small bites, live music, Superior Arts and North Camden residents held a conversation, using our voices to be powerful agents of change, demanding solutions to unjust systems that drastically impacts a city of over 73,000 residents. Click here to learn more.
The arts provide the creative freedom to address complex and difficult topics; theatre brings these stories to life. Superior Arts joined neighbors at Northgate Park in hopes to engage the heart and soul of Camden to reveal the truth about environmental injustice. Click here to learn more.
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