The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s Community Engagement Programs are closely aligned with our mission of bringing art and people together and our commitment to making art accessible to all audiences. These programs make educational visual arts experiences available to under-served, economically disadvantaged and marginalized audiences. These audiences include at-risk youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, children from dual-working parent households, children from diverse populations and individuals from low-income households. We serve the community of Summit and surrounding areas including people living in Hudson, Union, Essex, Sussex and Somerset Counties. Our programs galleries rotate exhibitions of all of the above programs, highlighting the work of each diverse group.
Currently in our programs gallery is an exhibition that highlights the work of our partnership with SAGE Eldercare Spend-A-Day Program: Art from the Heart.
The Art Center offers a series of exclusive opportunities throughout the year for our Members who are artists. The Members’ Committee at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey works to provide a forum for members of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey to display their work to the public in a manner that showcases the quality, professionalism, and caliber of each participant, and is rewarding and festive as well as an asset to the community.
The Committee has four signature programs:
1. The Summit Downtown Art Festival, in collaboration with Summit Downtown, that takes place in
2. An Open Call for exhibitions curated by Members in the Strolling Gallery and Anne’s Place Gallery.
The call for proposals is in the spring of each year.
3. Special Pop-up Exhibitions for Members only.