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(NEWARK, NJ) -- Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Deputy Mayor and Director of Newark Economic Development and Tourism Carmelo Garcia, Mayor's Office of Arts, Cultural Development and Tourism Gwen Moten, Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Assemblywoman Mila Jasey, and GlassRoots CEO Barbara Heisler will broke ground for the new Newark Arts Commons on Wednesday, April 25 at the old St. Michael's Hospital (111 Central Avenue) in downtown Newark.... READ ON

(UNION TOWNSHIP, NJ) -- The 17th Annual National Arts Program Exhibit for County of Union Employees is now on display in the atrium of Liberty Hall Center in Union Township. The exhibit includes more than 160 pieces. It is open to view by the public weekdays from 8:00am to 6:00pm until May 22.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Rutgers University–Newark, in partnership with FarCorners Studios, LLC, and powered by The Newark International Film Festival, is hosting the first ever Newark Culture Con at Express Newark (54 Halsey Street) in the iconic Hahne & Co. Building in downtown Newark on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 9:00am-8:00pm. Culture Con, an official Rutgers Day event, is a comic fan convention centered on the arts across all genres featuring traditional comic con fare, such as artists alley, cosplay, vendors, live performances, and special panels. However, this comic con is centered on the trending issues of inclusion and representation, and highlights diversity, inclusion, and representation in the industry and in the medium. Culture Con is also removing traditional comic con economic barriers with free admission, free activities, and free parking. ... READ ON

(ELIZABETH, NJ)  -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites youngsters ages 4 to 12 years old to participate in “Paint by the Pond.” This will be the third year for this interactive art project which will take place on Saturday, May 12 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm at the pond in Warinanco Park. The pond is located near the snack bar and basketball courts.... READ ON

(GLASSBORO, NJ) -- Rowan University Art Gallery opens the 2018 New Jersey Arts Annual for Fine Art presents Navigating Elements, a juried exhibit showcasing contemporary artists who investigate the relationship of content and medium to convey meaning in their work, is on display from April 28 to July 28. The exhibit is part of a program of New Jersey State Council on the Arts.... READ ON

(LINCROFT, NJ) -- The Monmouth County Park System is hosting its annual Creative Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, May 5 at Thompson Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm.    This juried arts festival features specially selected artists’ works of pottery, photography, jewelry, paintings, and other mediums; free art activities and demonstrations.  ... READ ON

It’s art that will really move you. The Morris Museum has unveiled an exhibit of kinetic artwork, in which everything turns, rises, spins and pops. “A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters” highlights the unique art form of automata, featuring 27 works from 16 artists. Jesse and Dave were in Morristown to find out how these artists build these incredible creations.... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) --  The South Orange Performing Arts Center’s Herb and Milly Iris Gallery is currently exhibiting work from New Jersey artist Joe Waks.  The exhibit features mixed-media paintings with imagery from a by-gone era that sends the mind spinning into thought-provoking commentary about today’s world. Waks’ “ Kwalité Paintings” show, on display through April 27, contains 17 artistic renderings of juxtaposed images that become social commentary. Waks describes himself as a painter/bon vivant/provocateur who creates works that titillate, inspire and/or annoy both serfs and royalty alike, and his wit and irreverence shine through in his paintings.... READ ON

(SOUTH ORANGE, NJ) -- The South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) has announced a first-time grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundations for $75,000 that will support its arts education programs, both at the venue in South Orange, NJ and in surrounding communities. The funding will be used to expand long-term sequential instruction in music and dance, and to provide opportunities for young people to attend live performances free of charge. The programming will begin during the 2018-19 school year.... READ ON

(UNION, NJ) -- The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to invite all senior residents of Union County, age 6o or older, to register now for the Union County Senior Citizens Art Exhibit. Qualifying works of art will be on display at the Atrium of Liberty Hall Center at 1085 Morris Avenue in Union from May 29 to July 9, and the artists will be guests at a special reception at the Atrium on Wednesday, June 6.... READ ON

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