Programs for Special Audiences

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The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey carefully designs our Programs for Special Audiences in collaboration with social service organizations, schools, and community-based groups to meet the needs of the partner organization and the constituents it serves. 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 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.

Independence 360 offers day-habilitation services that focus on three core content areas: life skills, social skills, and personal development. Adults receive training in technology, travel training, health and fitness, reading and writing for adult life, and more. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s outreach programming sends one teaching artist to the center twice a month to work with the participants on art projects that give them enhanced skills and encourage self-expression. Learn more about Independence 360 here.

Universal Institute Rehabilitation Center believes the only true disability is to be so afraid of failure that one never tries. It was created as a sanctuary where the client is the center and the focus is on ability. They provide resources for their clients to enhance their lives and “never say never.” The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey’s outreach programming sends one teaching artist to the center twice a month to work with participants on art projects that develop their artistic skills and encourage self-expression. Learn more about Universal Institute Rehabilitation Center here.

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

The programs listed above are conducted 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, ext. 213 to discuss how we can make art part of your life.

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