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FANS ELECT NJPAC AS “FAVORITE LARGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER” FOR 7TH YEAR IN A ROW

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FANS ELECT NJPAC AS  “FAVORITE LARGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER” FOR 7TH YEAR IN A ROW IN DISCOVER JERSEY ARTS PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS

Newark, N.J. (March 9, 2015) – Besting six other worthy competitors in this category – and setting a new vote-getting record for itself – the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) won the hearts and online clicks of more than 4,000 New Jerseyans, who recently declared NJPAC “Favorite Large Performing Arts Center” in the 2015 Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards. 

This marks the seventh consecutive year that NJPAC was granted top honors in its division.  A total of 4,101 ballots for NJPAC was tallied at Jersey.Arts.com, where nearly 15,000 members of the public chose the best of New Jersey in 16 categories.

Other nominees for “Favorite Large Performing Arts Center” included the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) in Morristown, the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, the State Theatre in New Brunswick, the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, the Bergen Performing Arts Center (BergenPAC) in Englewood and the Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) in Rahway. 

 “We’re proud and grateful to be in such great company – congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the JerseyArts.com 2015 People’s Choice Awards,” said John Schreiber, NJPAC’s President and CEO. “For seven years running, New Jerseyans have spoken loud and clear that NJPAC is not only a destination for superb performances, but a venue where they feel comfortable and have a sense of belonging.”

“The People’s Choice Awards allows us to honor our state’s incomparable cultural community and highlight the passion of its supporters,” said Adam Perle, President and CEO of ArtPride New Jersey foundation, the statewide arts service organization that coordinates the annual awards.  “The amazing amount of nominees and votes attests to the incredible impact the arts have on the daily lives of New Jerseyans.”

Voting took place online from January 8 to February 19, 2015, with people choosing from categories that ranged from best arts centers, theaters, museums and galleries, to most loved orchestras and dance companies.  This year drew more than 100 nominees among nonprofit arts groups and arts districts, the largest number since the awards were established in 2008.

Nominees for the People’s Choice Awards were chosen by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state.

The winners will be honored on March 13 at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

For a complete list of nominees and categories, visit www.JerseyArts.com/peopleschoice.

About JerseyArts.com/People’s Choice

The JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards are coordinated through the Discover Jersey Arts program, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts aimed at increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey.  JerseyArts.com is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, and features a comprehensive cultural event calendar and arts directory; feature stories and podcasts; details on Jersey Arts Membership; and other content about the state’s cultural community.

About NJPAC

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.  NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city.  Through extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts.  NJPAC has attracted more than 9 million visitors (plus more than 1 million children) since opening its doors in 1987, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. 

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