The Valley Arts District
Located on the border of Orange and West Orange around the NJ Transit Highland Avenue Train Station, the Valley Arts District is a fifteen-square-block area dedicated to the arts. Bordered by South Valley Road on one side and Scotland Road on the other, it runs five blocks north-south and two blocks east-west along the New Jersey Transit train line through Orange and into West Orange. 

This area was once considered the hat-making capital of the world and is full of empty factory and warehouse spaces that are being repurposed into loft living spaces and creative workspaces for local artists and entrepreneurs.

The Valley Arts District is the result of a community redevelopment effort envisioned by HANDS, Inc. and is a constantly evolving process. In addition to the many restaurants and businesses already thriving in the neighborhood, new businesses and organizations opened their doors, and the momentum will continue to inspire more innovative, creative affordable and sustainable redevelopment down the road.

Along with ValleyArts, other key arts organizations and businesses in the
Valley Arts District include:

Arts Unbound
542/544 Freeman St., Orange, NJ 07050
Arts Unbound is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and to the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors. We provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. Spaces include main offices, Dora Stern Gallery, and studio space in Orange; Showcase retail space in Maplewood.

Arts for Kids
49 Ridgehurst Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
The mission of Arts For Kids, Inc. (AFK) is to contribute to the overall success of each individual through meaningful learning opportunities in the arts, regardless of age, economic status, and developmental and/or physical disabilities. AFK believes that by sharing the gifts of teaching, creating and performing, all individuals can benefit from lifelong exposure to the beauty and power of the arts. AFK believes the arts play a vital role in our communities’ social, emotional, physical, and mental development.

Arts in SOMa and the Valley
400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050
Arts in SOMa and the Valley delivers all the events in South Orange, Maplewood, and the Valley Arts District all in one email, delivered straight to your inbox each week. Music, visual art, theater, comedy, author events, festivals, and more – Get ready to enjoy and support the local arts scene. Subscribe at the website.

ArtsETC and Yema Gallery
540B Freeman St., Orange, NJ 07050
ARTSETC is a non-profit art organization dedicated to helping communities develop art programs, supporting women in the visual arts and literary arts,and nurturing indigenous artists from the Americas, Africa and the Caribbean who work in any traditional art form. The space includes the Yema Gallery.

Family Assistance Resource Center
400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050
Glass, ceramic, wood, and metal beads. All proceeds benefit FARC, which assists families and individuals impacted by fires and other natural disasters.

Garden State Kitchen
arden State Kitchen is a shared commercial kitchen space currently under development in central New Jersey. This licensed commercial kitchen will be available for rent on an hourly basis.

Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ 07050
Made possible by the non-profit organization HANDS, Inc., Hat City Kitchen is part of a larger mission to revitalize and reinvigorate the surrounding community. It is an intimate restaurant/music venue, known for Jazz and Blues, featuring Southern Gastropub fare, full bar, weekly open jams, and on the weekend: local, regional, and national artists.

Kindred Roots Farm
The Greenhouse, Tompkins St., Orange, NJ o7050
Food For Thought -  Thought For Good Clean Food

Luna Stage
555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
Luna Stage believes in the transformative power of live theatre. A single performance can change a life and an institution like Luna Stage can transform a community. The mission of Luna Stage is to develop and produce thought-provoking theatre that gives voice to emerging American playwrights and new life to contemporary and classic plays that speak to our times. 

Committed to the transformational, educational and therapeutic power of drum, dance and song for ALL AGES/ABILITIES - from toddler to elder.

PWI Media/Mike Griot Presents
PWI Media specializes in event management for Performing Artist, Venues, and arts organizations.  From concept to execution, we provide a level of service that is unmatched in the performing arts industry.

Pink Cupcake
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
Customized and specialized cakes, cupcakes, and other baked goods for all occasions. Stop in the bakery to get treats and coffee to go.

The Presence Atelier
557 Nassau Street, Orange, NJ 07050
Direct to customer atelier uninterested in chasing trends and whose price points consist solely of the materials without a markup, labor, rent, utilities, insurance and nothing more.  Providing and curating a cultural space acting as a platform and hub for exceptional artists, across disciplines, whose talents will be on display for public viewing on a continuous basis.  

The Rectangle
540A Freeman St., Orange, NJ 07050
The mission of The Rectangle is to showcase the area's most talented creatives and function as an intimate space for events and gatherings. The Rectangle is operated by South Orange residents, Lee Seidenberg and Marcia LeBeau, and serves as the studio of Lee Seidenberg Photography. The space is also available for rent - perfect for exhibitions, small classes, meet-ups, and photo shoots.

Riverside Digital Productions
555 Valley Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
Riverside Digital Productions is a NY/NJ based media production company obsessed with authentic audio and video storytelling. The founder is an award-winning writer. The producer has 12 years’ of experience in television programming.  They understand how to tell a good story and want to help you tell yours.

State Diner
567 Valley Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
Diner restaurant providing from-scratch home cooking with the freshest of ingredients. BYOB. Also doing catering.

Stuart Tyson Photography
400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050
Still life, product, fine art, portrait, and corporate photography.

Vetiver Les Cayes
400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ 07050
Niche home and lifestyle brand creating unique products highlighting Haiti’s untapped natural resources.

West Orange Arts Council
551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ 07052
The purpose of WOAC is to cultivate, inspire, and support the study and presentation of the performing, visual and literary arts within our community, and to foster public interest in and support of the arts in West Orange through education, community outreach, arts programming and facility enhancement.

Wholesale Artist Giclée
580 Forest St., Orange, NJ 07050
(862) 226-8379
Proficient printing and image capture services for art industry professionals at deep discount wholesale pricing.