opening season in 1997, the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark has attracted nearly 9 million
patrons. The Arts Center's array of 400 unique events each season serves more
than a dozen nationalities and ethnicities. Performers who have appeared
recently in the acoustically superb 2,800-seat Prudential Hall include Joshua
Bell, El Gran Combo, Aretha Franklin, Audra McDonald, Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater, Bonnie Raitt, the Royal Philharmonic, Stephen Colbert in conversation
with Steve Carell, and Earth, Wind and Fire, among many others.
NJPAC's Arts Education Department engages more than 60,000 public school
children via arts learning initiatives in schools, in our conservatory, and on
our stages. The Arts Center has established itself as a home for broadcast by
networks including BET, HBO, Comedy Central, PBS and NBC. NJPAC provides
regular forums for convening New Jersey’s citizenry to discuss significant
issues of the day and “symbolizes Newark’s cultural renaissance” (Forbes magazine).
pioneering role NJPAC has taken in the redevelopment of the city’s downtown
will be evidenced by the groundbreaking for One Theater Square – a 21-story,
mixed-use residential building.