Reasons to Give


The performances at NJPAC are world-class! There is nowhere else in the State of New Jersey where you can find such breadth of incomparable entertainers, season after season. Tony Bennett, Jerry Seinfeld, Diana Ross, Stephen Colbert and J.J. Abrams, Babyface, Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton, Jethro Tull, and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have all recently graced the stages of Prudential Hall.

Since NJPAC’s founding, classical music has been a hallmark of its programming. In the past season, NJPAC welcomed some of the world’s most compelling orchestras and classical artists, including L’Orchestre National de France, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and soloists Lang Lang and Joshua Bell. NJPAC is the only cultural center in New Jersey where you can hear the virtuosity of all these international superstars in a single season and in one of the world’s most acoustically superb halls.

NJPAC offers presentations you can’t experience anywhere else. With the annual celebration of the TD James Moody Jazz Festival and more signature events, NJPAC has one-of-a-kind productions. The Arts Center is putting forward more jazz than any other venue in New Jersey, with 25 bookings and events at the festival alone.

NJPAC has the largest Arts Education program in the State. Each year the Arts Center reaches nearly 80,000 children and their families through arts education programs and free festivals. There are three ways NJPAC engages children in the arts. Arts training programs provide students with one-on-one instruction from talented teaching artists. In-school residencies encourage imagination and self-expression through music, dance and theater. SchoolTime shows introduce students to culture in our theaters. For many children, this is their first opportunity to witness the magic of live performance.

NJPAC is a catalyst in the transformation of Newark. The Arts Center anticipates that its long awaited mixed-use residential and retail tower across the street will be under construction in the near future. Military Park, NJPAC’s “front yard,” has completed a $5 million makeover, led by the team that transformed New York City’s Bryant Park. The historic 400,000-square-foot Hahne’s building is being renovated for residences and retail – with Whole Foods as its anchor tenant. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Newark renaissance, in which NJPAC played a lead role, is real and gaining momentum.

NJPAC is committed to Newark. Newark is NJPAC’s hometown. The Arts Center is continually engaging the community through a range of programs – many of which offer free admission.

NJPAC is a not-for-profit, mission-driven organization. Ticket sales alone don’t cover the day-to-day costs of producing shows and engaging members of communities, including students from across the State. Annual philanthropy supports nearly 40% of the Arts Center’s annual operating budget.

In appreciation for your generous support as a Vanguard Society donor, you are entitled to a variety of special privileges. Exclusive events with NJPAC leadership, the opportunity to purchase tickets before public sales begin, priority seating, donor concierge service, backstage tours and a number of other benefits are designed to enhance your NJPAC experience and deepen your relationship with the performing arts.