Letter from the Director

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It is my great pleasure as Director to welcome you to The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. The Art Center provides multiple pathways for people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to participate in the visual arts. Our goal is to break down social barriers, create new access points, and build opportunities for everyone.

The award-winning Studio School is open seven days a week and offers studio art classes for all ages and abilities. The galleries showcase world-class contemporary art exhibitions and host educational programming throughout the year. Recognized as a Major Impact Organization by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Art Center leads an impressive number of community partnerships, outreach and new audience development programs. These initiatives help connect faculty, students, and artists with senior centers, regional school districts, libraries, and other community venues.

For 85 years, the Art Center has been an integral part of the Summit community. Today our programs reach across the state, making the arts an even greater part of New Jersey’s story. There is still much work to be done and we ask you to consider supporting our mission of bringing art and people together. Your donation to our annual fund engages children, teens, and adults in educational arts programs that enrich, inspire, and empower.

No matter the time of year, the Art Center is always offering a 360° experience of the visual arts through art classes, museum exhibitions, and events.  We invite you to visit us the next time you are in Summit.

Melanie Cohn
Executive Director