New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) serves as a model for programming, audience diversity, education initiatives, and as a catalyst in returning nightlife and economic activity to its hometown of Newark, New Jersey. Proposed by former New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean in 1986, NJPAC raised its curtain on October 18, 1997, making it one of the top ten largest performing arts centers in the United States.
NJPAC is a world-class and community-based cultural venue, showcasing the best artists of national and international acclaim as well as top artists from the State of New Jersey. Since its grand opening, NJPAC has attracted over 6 million patrons (including more than 1 million children), and welcomed renowned artists, cultural icons, two presidents, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and some of the world’s most cherished orchestral, dance, theater, and instrumental works.
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SEE WHAT THE ARTS CAN DO FOR YOU!
Inspire bigger dreams and bolder accomplishments with Arts Education at NJPAC. Each year, our live performances, school residency programs and after-school arts training classes reach thousands. Whether you are an educator looking for new ways to meet your classroom goals, a parent in search of children’s entertainment that engages and educates, or a student pursuing a passion in the performing arts, explore our programs and find out what the NJPAC Arts Education can do for YOU!
LIVE THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES AT NJPAC FOR SCHOOLS
NJPAC’s Verizon Passport to Culture Series introduces students to the magic of the performing arts on stage. Programs feature world-class artists from a wide variety of traditions. Music, dance, storytelling, theater, puppetry and more ignite the imagination and cultivate lifelong enthusiasm for the arts. Productions are linked to curriculum areas such as world languages, social studies, and language arts and are appropriate for a broad range of ages.
PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS TEACH IN YOUR CLASSROOM
NJPAC brings the joy of dance, music and theater directly into your classroom with In-School Residencies. Our teaching artists create experiences that engage students’ imaginations and encourage self-expression. Residencies are customized to meet the curricular goals of the classroom teacher. Each residency ends with a performance that teaches students to work together and believe in themselves.