Central Avenue Businesses Come Together for First Annual Heights Halloween Window Painting Contest

A new annual tradition is starting on Central Avenue in the Heights. The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID), in partnership with the Jersey City Board of Education, will be organizing the first annual Heights Halloween Window Painting Contest on Wednesday, October 14, between 10 am and 2 pm ((Rain Date is October 15.)

Approximately ninety students from local elementary and middle schools (mostly between 5th and 8th grade) have been invited to paint Halloween portraits (2 x 3 ft) on participating storefront windows along Central Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and North Street. Painting will be coordinated by the schools. The young artists will be using their knowledge of primary colors to paint an assortment of fun Halloween scenes for all to enjoy. Contestants will be judged based on the categories of humor, content, and composition per grade level. Winners will be announced and awards distributed on Halloween, Saturday, October 31.

“This is going to be a great community tradition,” said Joseph Nachbaur, Vice President (North) on the CASID Board of Trustees, and a judge in the contest.  “We thank the Board of Education for partnering with local businesses on this project and hope this becomes a fond memory for kids growing up in Jersey City. They will one day look back and remember coming to Central Avenue, installing public art, and being an artist for a day.” Other judges include local heights resident and artist Raquel Rodriguez-Fadrag (who hopes to soon open New Heights Art Supply) and Lynn Hazan, owner and lead blogger of ChicpeaJC. Mayor Steven Fulop and Councilman Michael Yun have also been invited to help judge the contest.

“Participating businesses within our shopping district are proud to host this new event” said David Diaz, District Manager of the CASID. “Art is exploding all over Jersey City and this is another way it unites businesses and families in our community.”

Weather permitting; families can enjoy the artwork and Halloween portraits on Central Avenue through Halloween.

This event is organized by the CASID and made possible through funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

For more information contact David Diaz at dd(at)jcheights.com or visit centralavesid.org.

Photo courtesy CASID

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She’s lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she’s studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.