ValleyArts is an umbrella organization working together with residents, merchants and arts organizations dedicated to building a vital and creative place to live and work. We are located on the border of Orange and West Orange around the NJ Transit Highland Avenue Train Station, in the neighborhood known as the Valley Arts District.
As an arts service and activist organization, the highest priorities of ValleyArts are to inspire the neighborhood to recognize the arts as essential to community health and vitality; help build up and serve individual artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs; and encourage everyone to participate in arts, culture, and creativity as part of everyday life. To propel this mission, ValleyArts seeks to attract, serve, and support artists and creative organizations to work and live in the Valley Arts District. ValleyArts is closely allied with HANDS Inc, a nonprofit organization that combines strategic real estate investment and community organizing to revitalize communities. Development of the Valley Arts District has been a cornerstone project of HANDS Inc for more than a decade. More information about HANDS Inc can be found on their website.