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Arts Organizations

 

duCret School of Art provides a full time certificate program and workshops for children and adults during the week and on Saturdays. 1030 Central Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-757-7171 • www.ducret.edu
 
Jersey Central Art Studios offers eight-week day and evening courses and summer painting classes for adults and teens. All Classes meet at the Cranford Community Center located at
220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
908-709-7283 • www.jcas.org
 
Life Drawing Studio Group is a volunteer operated organization dedicated to bringing arts education, cultural and creative opportunities to the public. Studio programs are based out of the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center in Fanwood.
 
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey was founded as the Summit Art Association in 1933 by seven local artists who hoped to foster the appreciation, enjoyment, and practice of art. Today, after a $6 million renovation and expansion completed in the summer of 2005, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is recognized statewide for its high quality arts education and exhibition programs.
908-273-9121 • www.njcva.org
 
Westfield Art Association was founded in 1922. Members are artists and patrons of the arts. They meet on scheduled Sundays in October, November, January, February, April and May at the Community room of the Westfield Municipal Building.

Museums and Galleries

 

Tomasulo Art Gallery at Union County College, 1033
Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ • 908-709-7155 • www.ucc.edu
 
Kean University Art Galleries
CAS Building, James Howe Gallery, Student Gallery and Nancy
Dryfoos Gallery in the Library, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
908-737-4452 • www.kean.edu/~gallery
 
Les Malamut Art Gallery
1980 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
 
Freeholders Gallery
Union County Administration Building, 6th Floor
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-558-2550 • www.ucnj.org/cultural
 
Pearl Street Gallery
Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-558-2550 • www.ucnj.org/cultural
 
Visual Arts Center of NJ
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901
908-273-9121 • www.njcva.org

Multi-Disciplinary

 

Garden State Cultural Association is a Bengali nonprofit organization based in New Jersey, USA. Its primary objective is to promote Bengali social, cultural and religious events throughout the year. In addition, it provides an opportunity for the children to learn about the rich and ancient cultural heritage of India, through organizing various talent shows, literary events and other cultural events where the youths actively participate. P.O. Box 308, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
 
New Jersey Workshop for the Arts offers instruction in music instrumental/vocal, dance, drama, art, crafts, fencing, concert band, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, woodwind quintet, training string and jazz band ensembles.
 
Shubanjali School of Performing Arts aims to promote Indian classical performing art forms to bring people in contact with the creativity of Indian classical (Bharatnatyam) and folk dances of India along with traditional carnatic music and theatre (drama), thereby making the Indian art forms an important cultural force within the U.S. performing arts scene.
732-423-6516 • www.shubanjali.org
 
Teatro Si premier Hispanic theatre arts company of New Jersey.
908-301-9496 • www.teatrosi.com
 
Union County Performing Arts Center provides exciting live performances that are educational, affordable and responsive to the diverse interests of our communities. Enjoying a prime location in Union County, UCPAC is dedicated to making this landmark theatre the logical choice for the performing arts – for education, experimentation and entertainment. With 1,300 seats, the UCPAC is one of the largest theatres in Union County.
732-499-0441 • www.ucpac.org

Dance

 

Buggé Ballet’s mission is to be a modern-day storyteller exploring human behavior through contemporary ballet. The company seeks to create universally appreciated works that inspire, delight, and engage our audiences through compelling movement. Artistic Director Nicole Buggé is the creator Liberty Hall Dance Festival, an annual site specific performance in Union, NJ
394 Drake Ave.
Roselle, NJ 07203
609-651-2810
 
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. For over 30 years, CDD has appeared at major theaters, dance festivals, universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and internationally.
2780 Morris Avenue, Suite 1-A, Union
908-687-8855
 
Rahway Dance Theatre’s mission is to introduce and to educate the local communities about the value of dance in everyday life. RDT brings dance to middle, high, and elementary schools, in the public and private sectors with a hands-on approach using classical ballet as the basis, and breaking down the myth of the ballet. The members of RDT are a diverse group of dancers making it relatable to the young audiences, their ages ranging from 13 to 22.
1439 Irving Street, Rahway
732-388-4242

Instrumental Music

 

Afternoon Music Inc. offers four chamber music concerts featuring professional jazz and classical musicians.
908-273-3245
 
Crescent Concerts Plainfield, multi-disciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music bringing high quality musical events to the residents of the City of Plainfield and surrounding communities. Programming for the series is diverse, and ranges through solo voice and instrumental performances, chamber groups, bell choirs, to full choral/orchestral spectaculars.
908-756-2468 • www.crescentconcerts.org
 
Institute of Music for Children, Inc.- After-school arts workshops and private music lessons. One month Summer Institute – Arts programming in two and four week sessions for ages 6-14 years.
908-352-5847 • www.instituteofmusic.org
 
Music for All Seasons fosters human interaction and healing, through the art of live musical performance, for people who, for health economic or social reasons are unable to attend concerts.
908-322-6300 or toll-free: 1-866-524-MFAS (6327)
 
New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra brings together musicians of different ages and abilities to promote mutual growth and understanding through the experience of musical performance. Members have ranged in age from 6 to 93 and have come from over 44 communities throughout New Jersey.
570 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 • www.njio.org
 
New Jersey Youth Symphony primary purpose is to provide talented young musicians with orchestral and related music education experiences that enable them to reach their highest potential as performers and listeners.
908-771-5544 • www.njys.org
 
Plainfield Symphony Orchestra has the distinction of being the oldest community orchestra in the state of New Jersey, and the third oldest in the country! Numerous citations dot the walls of their main office at the Crescent Avenue Church, in Plainfield, including proclamations from President Ronald Reagan and the City of Plainfield.
 
Judith G. Wharton Music Center (formerly the Suburban Community Music Center). One of the largest independent non-profit music-schools in New Jersey offers music instruction for virtually everyone – from three-month-olds to seniors – taught by a faculty of some of the finest artist-educators working in and around New York City today.
 
New Jersey Festival Orchestra is a dynamic world class musical experience for discerning people that rivals any in the New York Metropolitan area. Music lovers are invited to discover critically acclaimed conductor David Wroe’s passionate and innovative approach to orchestral music and be transported by an exhilarating evening of music in a setting close to home.
224 East Broad Street, Suite 5, Westfield, NJ 07090.
 
New Jersey Jazz Society provides live jazz concerts to its members and the general public – such as the PeeWee Russell Stomp and Jazzfest. NJJS also sponsors educational outreach programs.
908-342-0558 • www.njjs.org
 
Summit Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1938 by the Summit Board of Recreation with the dual purpose of (1) providing an arena for qualified non-professional musicians to read and perform orchestral music, and (2) presenting orchestral concerts, free of charge, to residents of Summit and the surrounding areas. It has been performing in Summit every year since.
908-464-7215 • www.summitsymphonynj.org
 
Westfield Community Band 908-789-4080 • www.westfieldcommunityband.com

Visual Arts

 

Contemporary Art Group is an organization of active artists in North Central New Jersey who meet monthly at the Watchung Arts Center for a presentation or demonstration and for the opportunity to exchange ideas. The CAG sponsors exhibits for members throughout the year at a variety of venues, and are always looking for new exhibition opportunities. At present, members come from Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, and Union Counties.
 
Elizabeth Arts Council offer local and regional artists the opportunity to show, demonstrate and sell their art. The Elizabeth Arts Council maintains lists of artists to foster connections between proponents of select media.908-355-0322
 
Jersey Central Art Studios is a group of artists and citizens dedicated to raising awareness of the arts and the artistic process as well as integrating the arts into the community through education, events and economic development. We see art as a vital component to our lives and one that will also enrich our community.
908-272-3743 • www.jcas.org
 
Life Drawing Studio Group is a volunteer operated organization dedicated to bringing arts education, cultural and creative opportunities to the public. Studio programs are based out of the Patricia M. Kuran Cultural Arts Center in Fanwood.

Vocal Music

 

Chinese American Music Ensemble (CAME) is a program of the Chinese American Cultural Association, which seeks to promote the exchange between the Chinese and Western cultures. The objectives of CAME are to enrich and broaden the cultural horizons of both youth and adults through music training and to provide community service through concert performances.
1723 Nevada Street, Westfield, NJ 07090.
908-928-9704 • www.came-nj.org
 
Calvary Chorale primarily consisting of Calvary’s Adult Choir members, but also attracts other area singers. The Chorale presents both secular and sacred choral music with its intended instrumentation. It performs its own series of four concerts per year, and sponsors another four or five concerts or recitals by various other artists.
31 Woodland Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901.
 
Celebration Singers have been entertaining audiences within the tri-state area for 70 years. Their goal is to provide high quality musical programs that have a wide range of musical styles, to provide musical education for audiences and members alike, and most of all, to have fun in doing it! Members of the Children’s Chorus eventually become members of the adult choir.
Celebration Singers, P.O. Box 14, Cranford, NJ 07016.
 
Choral Art Society of New Jersey Inc. is a nonprofit, community chorus of about 75 singers dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works. 732-381-0441.
 
Concord Singers is a non-auditioning women’s chorus that strives to achieve high quality through dedication and hard work. They offer a friendly musical home to both novice and experienced singers. Members come from many age groups, professions and backgrounds.
 Concord Singers, P.O. Box 242, Summit, NJ 07902
 
Metro Rhythm Chorus Fanwood 908-322-9197
 
Oratorio Singers/First United Methodist Church – Now entering its 28th year, Oratorio Singers is a chorus of 70-100 singers which performs major choral works by various composers. Under the direction of Mr. Trent Johnson, Director of Music and Arts and organist at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, this community organization continues the high standards and tradition.
908-233-4211 • www.westfieldnj.com/oratorio 
 
Rahway Valley Jerseyaires is a chorus located in Rahway, NJ. Members range in age from 18 to 85. Their goal is to explore and enjoy all forms of a cappella singing, from traditional to contemporary.
908-709-0220 • www.jerseyaires.org
 
Summit Chorale is one of New Jersey’s oldest, continuously running, community choruses. Celebrating its 100th season, Summit Chorale welcomes experienced singers to its ranks through informal auditions. Come share in the transforming power of beautiful choral music.
862-926-9605 • www.summitchorale.org
 
Westfield Glee Club a friendly group of men dedicated to singing fine men’s choral music. The club performs two Winter Concerts in December and one Spring Concert in May.
PO Box 423, Westfield, NJ 07091

Theater

 

Act IV Theatre Group, originally envisioned as an in church group, rapidly enlarged its scope to a point where they are now attracting members and audiences, as well as high quality actors, from many communities in the central New Jersey area. The quality of the productions has been improving continuously over the years, and ACT IV has become a true community theatre.
908-756-0750 • www.fusp.org
 
Alliance Repertory Theatre Co., nominated for thirteen Perry Awards for acting, directing and production value, Alliance Rep is dedicated to producing distinctive, challenging and thought provoking theater, and to providing local actors, directors and writers the opportunity to display and expand their talents.
426 Springfield Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 • www.alliancerep.org
 
Cranford Dramatic Club (CDC), established in 1919, is the longest continuously producing community theatre in the state of New Jersey. It produces three major shows each year as well as a children’s production during the holidays. A theatre building was constructed in 1957 and updated and renovated just a few years ago. 78 Winans Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016.
908-276-7611 • www.cdctheatre.org
 
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre professional ensemble of actors builds community with our audience by sharing contemporary, life affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain.
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave.
Summit, NJ 07901
973-994-1561
 
Hedgehog & Feather Theatre Co., a children’s theatre company whose mission is to educate and enlighten the children of Union County through exposure to and active participation in the world of theatre arts.
 
Kean University/Premiere Stages is proud to present a dynamic season of new works to New Jersey. We invite you to share in our eclectic mix of premiere plays, ground-breaking new films, and uniquely conceived educational programs.
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083 • www.kean.edu/premierstages
 
Kean University/Wilkins Theatre offers music, dance, theatre, concerts, lectures, family programs, school time and comedy.
1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083. Box Office 908-737-SHOW (7469) • www.wilkinstheatre.com
 
Mystic Vision Players The resident community theatre company of Linden, NJ since 1992. Theatre experiences in drama, comedy, children’s works and large-scale Broadway style productions.
 
Pineda Conservatory offers musical theater classes and opera for students of all ages. Each school year ends with a performance featuring all students in the program.
 
Stony Hill Players major objectives as a theater group are: to produce a wide selection of stage productions including musicals and opera within our own resources but with a high degree of artistic ability; to promote and foster interest in all aspects of theater in our community including music and children’s theater; to offer a learning opportunity to amateur actors, singers, and production staff; and to reach as broad and diverse an audience as possible.
908-277-1732 • www.stonyhillplayers.org
 
Summit Playhouse Association was founded in 1918 as a World War I relief organization. Since then, they have mounted over 290 productions, making them one of the oldest continuously operating community theaters in the United States. They present three shows a year: a Fall show in November, a Winter show in February and March, and a Spring show in May. During the summer, Kaleidoscope, theater for youth, presents a production for and with students.
908-273-2192 • www.summitplayhouse.org
 
The Theater Project began in 1994 and is celebrating another season of producing new works and contemporary classics. An award-winning affiliate member of the New Jersey Theater Alliance, The Theater Project is known for its color-blind casting policy and provocative “actor’s view of theater” seating — the audience is on-stage with the actors, “where the action is.”
908-763-4029 • www.thetheaterproject.org
 
Troupe of Friends, Inc. is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, primarily for the public performance of the plays, sonnets, poems and other writing of William Shakespeare and other theatrical adaptations and for providing theatre arts instruction to children and the public in general.
 
Westfield Community Players, presenting plays since1934, offers a season of mystery, comedy and harmony.
1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ 07090.
Box Office 908-232-1221.Theater Office 908-232-9568 • www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org
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