VALLEY ARTS DISTRICT DIRECTORY
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:
542/544 Freeman Street, 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.
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.
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.
15 South Essex Avenue, Orange, NJ
HANDS (Housing and Neighborhood Development Services) vision is for Orange, NJ to be “the urban village of the 21st Century - A Just and Beautiful City” and leads in creating that vision by revitalizing neighborhoods and creating spaces for arts, culture, business, recreation and learning with the citizens and stakeholders of the city.
Hat City Kitchen
459 Valley Street, Orange, NJ
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.
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.
Mike Griot Presents
Blues and jazz programming and festival planning including the South Mountain International Blues Festival.
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.
540A Freeman St., Orange, NJ 07050
The mission 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.