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.
ValleyArts Collaborative Projects:
Unearthing the Future: The Reverse Archeology of Interstate 280 in Orange, New Jersey
The Reverse Archaeology project, funded by ArtPlace America, is documenting and interpreting the effect of Interstate-280 in Orange, NJ. Our partnership includes: ValleyArts, Montclair State University, the University of Orange, ORNG Ink, LunaStage and HANDS. More information.
ValleyArts Spaces and Programs:
Community Gallery at ValleyArts: ValleyArts primary gallery space used for major exhibitions, rental for private events, classes for young artists, and monthly artistic community events. Annual exhibits include Open Orange and Slice of Orange.
ArtFull Series: A series of creative and inspiring art, music, and performance based events hosted by ValleyArts.
ValleyD Radio: Community radio and curated shows - coming early 2017.
ArtFull Bean: An artisanal boutique cafe serving fair trade coffee, featuring art and crafts from the Artisan Business Network. Coming early 2017.
Orbiting Gallery at Hat City Kitchen: Curated art exhibits at Hat City Kitchen, organized by ValleyArts.
Quarterly Artist Salon: Quarterly artist meet-up at Hat City Kitchen. This gathering coincides with the Orbiting Gallery art openings.
Business Incubator Space: ValleyArts provides office space for start-up businesses doing work in and around the Valley Arts District.
Makers and Movers: Membership organization for entrepreneurs focused on the Valley Arts District with the aim of fueling economic opportunities for members and enhancing the community with new business opportunities.
PACarts: Art education programs working with local schools and educators.