In keeping with our mission to support and collaborate with the local community as a neighborhood partner, we are continually creating, hosting, and supporting local initiatives and events. Below is a list of our key ongoing services.

Youth and Students

PACarts: Our education arm, coordinating and creating opportunities for local youth. More information.

21st Century: After-school arts enrichment program working with 15 teaching artists working in the after-school programs in four Orange schools. More information.

Cirque Oranj: A summer circus program for children focusing on all aspects of the arts including visual arts, music, and movement. More information.

bardbeatz: Spoken word and poetry events for high school students from West Orange and Orange. A collaboration between ValleyArts and Luna Stage.

FilmBoot24: In partnership with Cinema Ed, Orange Preparatory School, and Drew University, Orange High School students worked with Drew students and professionals to create five-minute films that were judged by industry professionals then presented at Orange Preparatory School auditorium. Some of the films can be seen on the Cinema Ed website.


Knick Knack: Neighborhood flea market/rummage sale. More information.

Listening Post: Bringing local and regional musicians into the artfullbean café to be enjoyed by the community.

Viva Vinyl: Vinyl listening parties free and open to the neighborhood in the welcoming space of the artfullbean café.

Unearthing the Future: The Reverse Archeology of Interstate 280 in Orange, New Jersey. The Reverse Archaeology project, funded by ArtPlace America, documented and interpreted the effect of Interstate-280 in Orange. Our partnership included: Montclair State University, the University of Orange, ORNG Ink, LunaStage and HANDS. 

Community Spirit: Annual event celebrating the Valley Arts District with local music, food, and art coming together to raise money for projects in the District such as signage, art installations, and community events. More information.

Artists and Entrepreneurs

Artfull New Seen: Solo show of a local emerging artist every year in the Community Gallery.

Open Orange: An annual juried contemporary art exhibition hosted by ValleyArts.  It is open to NJ and NYC metropolitan area artists, 18 and over, working in two-dimensional media. More information.

Artist Members Show: Exhibit showcasing the work of our artist members in the Community Gallery.

Inspiring Minds: The work of local teachers exhibited in the Community Gallery.

Makers + Movers: Business and entrepreneurship arm of ValleyArts. More information.

Artist and Incubator Spaces: Studio and office space for artists and start-up businesses doing work in and around the Valley Arts District.

ValleyArts Spaces

artfullbean café: Artisan boutique cafe serving fair trade coffee, craft teas, and baked goods, all from local businesses. The boutique features art and unique items from local artisans and entrepreneurs. More information.

Community Gallery at ValleyArts: ValleyArts primary gallery space used for major exhibitions, and as a rental for private and community events. More information.