Don’t miss the next installment of “Contemporary Conversations” at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey on February 18, “Hear. Care. Act. The Black Lives Matter Movement in Museums.”
What makes you care? Cultural institutions need to explore impacts of citizenship and activism to challenge visitor apathy and inspire real discussions around justice.
During the event you will hear from Founder and Director Moncia Montgomery discuss how the Museum of Impact in New York used art and dialogue to reveal the complexities of the Black Lives Matter movement, humanizing the struggle against racial violence.
This program will begin at 7 p.m. and admission is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit.
Each year the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey welcomes a wide variety of brilliant presenters to discuss current topics in the arts, humanities and the social sciences. Its hosts include artists, art historians, curators, philosophers, writers, musicians, stage designers and more.
For more than 80 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been recognized as a leading arts institution in the tri-state region, serving over 30,000 individuals each year. Comprised of a renowned Studio School, a thriving exhibitions schedule, and a diverse calendar of programs and events, the Art Center engages the community in visual learning, interpretive programs, and art-making experiences in order to fulfill its mission of bringing art and people together.
The Art Center has received accolades from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts each year since 2008: a designation as a Major Impact Organization as well as a Citation of Excellence. In 2010, the Art Center received its first award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums Association, granting Sustaining Level Members reciprocal access to nearly 700 institutions across the continent. Its Studio School has been voted Best Place to Take an Adult Art Class four times by the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. Whether you are an artist or art lover or both, the Art Center is sure to inspire, amaze and enrich your appreciation for art.
Now moving into its ninth decade, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is recognized statewide for its outstanding programs. In 2008, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded the Art Center it’s “Citation of Excellence” and designated it as a “Major Impact” organization, one of only 16 cultural institutions in New Jersey to be honored with both distinctions, honors it has received each year since. In addition, it has received four Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards for “Favorite Place to Take an Adult Arts Class.
Everyone at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is dedicated to the mission of “bringing art and people together.” This mission is fulfilled by the best in contemporary art exhibitions, a robust Studio School operating a four semester schedule, public programs ranging from the annual Talking Pictures Film Series to Art Afternoons that allow the public to interact with exhibiting artists and outreach programs for seniors, at-risk youth and children, and adults with disabilities.