Newly Formed Jersey City Arts Council to Host Open House

Photo courtesy Village West Gallery

You are invited to meet the board members of the Jersey City Arts Council (JCAC) at a Open House on Saturday, March 4. The newly formed art council includes four long time leaders in the local arts community: Robinson Holloway (Chair), Heather Warfel Sandler (Vice Chair), Marlene Sandkamp (Secretary) and Charles Kessler (Treasurer).

The JC Arts Council was officially incorporated at the end of 2016 and will be working as a nonprofit to support and advocate for the arts in Jersey City including the visual, performing, and literary arts. “The Open House is our introduction to the community, as we share our plans and listen to input,” says Robinson Holloway, JCAC, Chair.

Among other plans, the Jersey City Arts Council is partnering with the Office of Cultural Affairs on the 2017 Jersey City Arts and Studio Tour, which will be the weekend of October 13-15 (mark your calendars). The deadline for all artists and venues to participate will be August 1. More details on this year’s JCAST will be available at the Open House.

The art council board has identified the following four areas of focus to begin to address the challenges of the arts community in Jersey City:

This is a topic of almost universal concern from our discussions with artists and arts organizations, whether it’s rehearsal space, artist studios, exhibition space, theaters, writing rooms, foundries, etc.

Funding is a huge challenge for the artists and arts institutions of Jersey City. As a private and soon-to-be 501(c)(3), the JCAC will be able to raise funds not available to the City of Jersey City or to smaller grassroots arts organizations, and we will be distributing the money to arts institutions, art programs and artists.

There are thousands of incredible events going on in the arts here. We will be working to help publicize the arts to the people of Jersey City and the wider community beyond the city.

The JCAC plans to be an advocate for the arts with the government and other institutions. We’ll be fighting for a dedicated public revenue source for the arts, for affordable artist housing, for venues in new developments, for increases in arts education, and more.

The Jersey City Arts Council will hold a Open House on Saturday, March 4, from noon to 6:00 pm, at the Village West Gallery, 331 Newark Ave. For more information, visit the JCAC Facebook page.

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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.