Virtual gallery reaches beyond walls of SOPAC

Virtual gallery reaches beyond walls of SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Herb + Milly Iris Gallery at the South Orange Performing Arts Center has added a new show, along with a new way to view it. Responding to the need to reach beyond the walls of the building, “INSPIRING MINDS: Art Educators Exhibition” is now on display virtually at www.sopacnow.org/gallery-virtual-exhibition. Works […]

SOPAC launches fundraising campaign

SOPAC launches fundraising campaign

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As the impact of the coronavirus is felt throughout the region, nonprofit arts centers are turning to the community to help sustain them through the months ahead. The South Orange Performing Arts Center has launched an emergency fundraising campaign championed by its board of governors, who raised $30,000 from their ranks […]

SOPAC lights up marquee with Beatles message of love

SOPAC lights up marquee with Beatles message of love

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Joining several theaters across the country in a musical message of joy, South Orange Performing Arts Center recently posted the title of the Beatles’ iconic hit song “All You Need Is Love” on its marquee. The performing arts center was looking for ways to communicate with patrons in the area during […]

Yet again, Essex County takes lion’s share of Jersey Arts awards

Yet again, Essex County takes lion’s share of Jersey Arts awards

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, recently announced the winners of the 2020 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. Now in its 12th year, the annual contest celebrates the extraordinary work of New Jersey’s vital and thriving arts community. Nearly 11,000 arts lovers […]

Bank’s sponsorship to support SOPAC programming for next 3 years

Bank’s sponsorship to support SOPAC programming for next 3 years

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Performing Arts Center, now celebrating its 14th season, recently announced a sponsorship from BCB Bank to support SOPAC programming for the current season and the following two seasons. BCB Bank has branch offices in South Orange and Maplewood — SOPAC’s home communities. “BCB Bank has supported the South Orange-Maplewood […]

10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition amazes at WOHS

10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition amazes at WOHS

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Junior Nooha Kawsar was crowned the winner of the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud competition, held Jan. 8 at West Orange High School. Junior Olivia Ridley was named runner-up by a margin of a 10th of a point. All finalists had to memorize two poems: one of 25 lines or fewer, […]

SOPAC brings in new executive director Craig Sumberg

SOPAC brings in new executive director Craig Sumberg

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center has appointed Craig Sumberg as its new executive director. An extensive national search targeted the former executive director of the Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation as a highly qualified candidate, and Sumberg quickly stood out while going through the interview process. His record of achievement is […]

Middle school parents learn about AileyDance Kids

Middle school parents learn about AileyDance Kids

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 12, the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosted a “Meet & Greet” event to engage and inform middle school parents about the AileyDance Kids Residency Program occurring at both South Orange and Maplewood middle schools. AileyDance Kids is an education extension division of Alvin Ailey […]

You’ve got to see the show at SOPAC

Iconic drummer Carl Palmer proves ELP lives on at South Orange concert

You’ve got to see the show at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Progressive rock lovers are in for a sacred experience on Sunday, Nov. 17, when Carl Palmer — named “Prog God” at the 2017 Progressive Music Awards — comes to the South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of the final leg of his 2019 World Tour, “Emerson, Lake & Palmer Lives […]

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