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(RED BANK, NJ) -- With construction underway on its celebrated, $26 million expansion, officials Monday night at the Count Basie Theatre – the top-selling nonprofit performing arts center in New Jersey and one of the top such venues in the U.S. and world – announced that a new name, the Count Basie Center for the Arts, will now represent all the organization stands for.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the country’s most diverse arts presenter, has announced a sensational opening lineup for the 2018-2019 season, an adventurous range of more than 150 attractions – Bollywood to ballet, hip-hop to K-pop – for every kind of audience.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- On June 1st, 2018, Art House Productions’ JC Fridays will be focusing on accessibility in the arts! Jersey City’s premiere quarterly arts festival features art events that take place in restaurants, galleries, stores and event spaces in almost every neighborhood of our great city. ACCESS JC FRIDAYS will showcase a variety of happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts and educational demonstrations, all showing work from artists with disabilities or offering accessible participation options. All events are free and open to the public. ... READ ON

(NEW MILFORD, NJ) -- What can a community do with an underused building?  Find out at the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) ArtsBergen's Connect the Dots event, Repurposing Buildings for Arts and Culture, on Thursday, May 17.  The informative networking event takes place at Art Center of Northern New Jersey, 250 Center Street in New Milford, New Jersey from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The event is free and open to the public.  Good-will donations are welcome.... READ ON

(WARREN, NJ) -- National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant to Arts Ed NJ, a coalition of all statewide stakeholders in arts education will use the $100,000 to support the expansion of the multi-year ARTS ED NOW campaign. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Arts is one of 17 Newark nonprofit organizations to receive part of the $30 million in grants from Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU) to fund capital campaigns and endowments throughout Newark’s five wards. Newark Arts received multi-year funding totaling $500,000 to strengthen its neighborhood granting program.... READ ON

(STONE HARBOR, NJ) -- Ocean Galleries kicks off Memorial Day weekend with guest artist, Josef Kote, who returns to Stone Harbor for the second consecutive year, bringing with him an all new collection of his dramatic paintings, including many site-specific pieces created with the Jersey Shore collectors in mind. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Josef Kote at gallery receptions taking place from 7:00pm until 10:00pm on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27, 2018.  His exhibition, “Josef Kote – Harmony in White,” opens on Friday, May 25 and runs through Monday, May 28, with all artwork available for acquisition. Exhibit hours are 10:00am to 10:00pm Friday through Sunday and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Monday.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Gallery Aferro will celebrate its 15th anniversary on June 16th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm with "Come As You Are" - a benefit art auction and party at the gallery.  The night will celebrate a milestone anniversary for the proudly artist-run space. The event features an auction of hundreds of artworks by emerging and established artists, live music in four languages by Joya Angola Thompson, Nadine LaFond, and Emily Turonis, strong summer cocktails and delicious catering reflecting NJ’s magnificent demographic diversity, including a homemade artisan ice cream bar, and an array of door prizes including getaway packages. The night will also honor James Abruzzo.  Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.  Special VIP tickets with early access to artwork for sale and a VIP happy hour are also available.... READ ON

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- ARTSpeaks – the innovative artist talk by Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) that uniquely profiles some of the area’s leading visual artists – returns on May 25th with a rare pairing of  Jersey City-based painters who’ve created two distinct bodies of work from 7:30pm to 10:00pm.... READ ON

Brooklyn based photographer, Rob Lundberg, will be showcasing his latest series of work titled "UNCONTAMINATED SOUND," with a special opening reception at The Bowery Electric in New York City. The event, which will take place on Wednesday, June 27 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm, chronicles his vision of the NYC Indie music scene and beyond. The event will also feature 3-live performances, which will soon be announced.... READ ON

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