The City of Jersey City’s Office of Cultural Affairs is a proponent and advocate for the arts in Jersey City, and serves to provide opportunities, resources, and education for artists of all disciplines.
The Office of Cultural Affairs develops consistent cultural programming and events highlighting Jersey City’s burgeoning arts community while honoring its rich and vibrant cultural history.
In addition to event curation and production, the Office of Cultural Affairs provides support and resources to cultural organizations, individual artists, and small businesses to raise the dialogue on the arts in Jersey City and encourage residents and visitors to invest in Jersey City’s arts and culture.
2019 Year in Review
2019 was a year of new initiatives to serve and support our artists, growing partnerships with cultural organizations, and planting the seeds of long-range planning for our sector.
View the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs’ 2019 Year in Review HERE and follow along as we move this work forward into 2020.
Jersey City Art & Studio Tour
The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is New Jersey’s premier art event, featuring over 1,000 local artists across Jersey City. This past year’s tour has grown to include more than 160 stops citywide, including galleries, exhibition spaces, murals and small businesses, of which showcase the vibrant artist landscape.
JCAST provides opportunities for artists, performers, musicians, residents, visitors, supporters, sponsors, and business to get involved in Jersey City’s continually growing and incredibly dynamic arts and cultural scene during a long weekend of events. In years past, the weekend has been packed with free, curated shuttle tours and a celebratory kick-off event at the JCAST Headquarters, which changes neighborhoods each year.
For more information, visit: www.thejcast.com
Mural Arts Program
Initiated in 2013 and funded by a Clean Communities Grant, the Mural Arts Program links established and emerging local, national and international mural artists with property owners citywide as part of an innovative beautification program that reduces graffiti, engages local residents and transforms Jersey City into an outdoor art gallery.
From the Heights, to Greenville, to Downtown, to the West Side, to Bergen Lafayette and Journal Square, Jersey City’s cultural scene continues to expand and diversify.
Click here to check out and learn more about jcmap.org.
To view an interactive map, visit www.jcmap.org/our-murals.
John W. Meagher Rotunda Gallery
The Rotunda Gallery, located on the second and third floors of City Hall, features rotating monthly solo, group and heritage exhibitions and installations, curated by the Office of Cultural Affairs and occasional guest curators. The Rotunda Gallery has functioned as the premier community gallery space in Jersey City for over 15 years, and has exhibited hundreds of emerging and established artists from all backgrounds working across a variety of mediums.
Apple Tree House
The Apple Tree House is a historic home that regularly hosts history and humanities related programming. The Office of Cultural Affairs curates and produces various lecture series, archival exhibitions, theater performances, and panel discussions. We work with many non-profits and local community groups to deliver events such as Bergen Square Day, Presidents Day Wreath Laying, and the JCFPS History Fair supported by grants from New Jersey Council of the Humanities and the Hudson County History Partnership Program.
Summer in the City
Each Summer, the Office of Cultural Affairs presents a robust roster of free, live music and performing arts across Jersey City during the months of June, July and August. These events include the long-standing SummerFest on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Liberty State Park, Summer Dance Series on J. Owen Grundy Pier, Movies in the Park and Berry Lane Park Concert Series.
Growing Online Presence
In 2019, the Office of Cultural Affairs made a concerted effort to integrate print and digital media to strengthen outreach and better serve the needs of varying audiences.
Within a few short months of its creation, the new Office of Cultural Affairs Instagram (@jcartandculture) garnered over 1,000 followers and has continued to grow.
Additionally, the Jersey Art & Culture Facebook page served as a platform to share information, updates and live events happening within the art and culture scene.