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 • kean.edu/kean-galleries
Pearl Street Gallery –
Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202 • 908-558-2550 • ucnj.org/cultural
Visual Arts Center of NJ –
68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901 • 908-273-9121 • njcva.org
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 • gsca.us
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. • 908-789-9696 • njworkshopforthearts.com
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 • shubanjali.org
premier Hispanic theatre arts company of New Jersey. • 908-301-9496 • 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 • ucpac.org
’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 • buggeballet.com
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 • carolyndorfmandanceco.org
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 • rahwaydancetheatre.org
Afternoon Music Inc. offers four chamber music concerts featuring professional jazz and classical musicians. • 908-273-3245
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 • 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) • musicforallseasons.org
The Musical Club of Westfield every year presents six classical music concerts featuring its members and guests. Its Junior Musical Club offers two concerts by teen-aged artists. All have receptions and are free to the public. A biennial benefit concert helps support scholarships to college music majors from Union County; over $30,000 is awarded annually. • 908-654-1036 ∙ musicalclubofwestfield.org
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 • 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 • 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. • 908-561-5140 • plainfieldsymphony.org
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. • 908-790-0700 • whartonmusiccenter.org
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.
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 • 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 • summitsymphonynj.org
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. • 908-346-0558 • contemporaryartgroup.org
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 • 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. • lifedrawingstudiogroup.org
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 • 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 • cas.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. • 201-970-1423 • lifedrawingstudiogroup.org
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 • 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. • westfieldartassociation.org/
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.
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 50 singers, dedicated to the study and performance of great choral works ranging in style from ancient to modern. Since 1962 they have entertained and educated audiences in Union County and beyond. Find out more on facebook.com/CASNJ
or at casofnj.org
or call 908-209-5435. Join in and experience the joy of singing!
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 • concordsingers.org
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 • 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
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 • 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.
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.
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.
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 • dreamcatcherrep.org
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.
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)
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. • 908-925-9068 • mysticvisionplayers.com
offers musical theater classes and opera for students of all ages. Each school year ends with a performance featuring all students in the program. • 908-731-1377 • pinedaconservatory.com
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 • 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 • 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 • 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. • babbitt_joseph.tripod.com/
Westfield Community Players, presenting plays since1934, offers a season of mystery, comedy and harmony.