Programs for Special Audiences

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At the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, we believe in the inclusivity of all groups and through our community engagement programs we make art available to under-served, economically disadvantaged and marginalized audiences. Our Programs for Special Audiences are carefully designed in collaboration with social service organizations, schools and community-based groups to meet the needs of the partner organization and the constituents they serve. These programs are hosted at the Art Center or off-site at partner institutions and are led by our professional art instructors to engage students in the creative process. Curricula encourage self-expression through the study of art history, interpretation, vocabulary and design and explore creative processes, tools and techniques.

SAGE Eldercare Spend-A-Day Program: Art from the Heart enhances the quality of life of older adults with mild to severe aging disorders through art projects to keep their minds sharp and to encourage self-expression. Learn more about SAGE Eldercare.

This program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

NJ SEEDS & Young Scholars Program prepares high-achieving, low-income Newark students in grades 5 – 6 for placement at competitive day and boarding schools. The Art Center provides the visual arts and art historical component to this program. Learn more about NJ SEEDS.

This program is proudly supported by David Ellis Catering.

This fall the Art Center will launch a new sequential learning arts education program in partnership with Kenmare High School, part of York Street Project located in Jersey City. The program expands students’ knowledge and understanding of contemporary art through exposure to the exhibitions and a hands-on art making opportunity. Learn more about Kenmare High School.

Additional funding for the Art Center’s Programming for Special Audiences is provided by the Summit Area Public Foundation.

The programs listed above are run in partnership with specific organizations and are not open for public enrollment. If you or a loved one have special needs of any kind, please contact Sarah Walko, Director of Education and Community Engagement at or 908.273.9121 x213 to discuss how we can make art part of your life.

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