What is the Artist Certification Board (ACB)?
It is a Jersey City board comprised of arts professionals who peer-review the applications of artists who wish to reside in a live/work space. An artist must be certified by the Planning Board to receive Artist Certified live/work space benefits, which is guided in the certification process by the recommendation of the ACB.
How do I become a Certified Artist?
Click here to download the ACB application. Make sure you meet the criteria to register as a Certified Artist. Fill it to completion and return the form and all necessary materials, including a resume and documentation of artwork for a minimum of the last five years, to:
HEDC / Artist Certification Board
30 Montgomery Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
What criteria are used by the ACB to become a Certified Artist?
- The artists’ commitment to the fine arts as a career.
- The need for large loft space in which to create his or her art.
- Commitment to education.
- Current body of work.*
- Exhibition record.
- References from other artists or art professionals.
*NOTE: In no event shall the content of the art created be used as a criterion to determine eligibility to occupy a live/work space.
When can I apply to become a Certified Artist?
Applications can be submitted at any time. They are reviewed by the ACB on a monthly basis.
How do I know when I am approved to be a Certified Artist?
- Applications which meet the necessary criteria are presented to the Planning Board for final adoption. Once approved, the artist will be notified.
- The ACB reviews applications filed by persons who are interested in occupying a live/work space as either an owner, tenant or sub-tenant, to determine if the applicant can be certified to occupy such space.
Do I have to renew my application as a Certified Artist at any point?
- Certifications expire every 10 years. You are required to renew your application to ensure continued eligibility.
- In the event a certified artist divorces their spouse or dies, the family of the artist occupying the work/live space shall be given a two (2) year grace period.
Click here to download a copy of the Artist Certification application.
Contact Joey-Ann Morales, Secretarial Assistant, Jersey City Planning Division:
NOTE: On the certification form, live/work spaces are referred to as being located in the WALDO, which stands for Work and Live District Overlay.