Jazz For Teens Program. Photo by Norman DeShong

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) opened in October 1997, and now ranks as the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States.  Located in Newark, NJPAC aims to be a different kind of arts center--not only a world-class cultural landmark, but also a community center that embraces the diversity of New Jersey.  Twenty-six per cent of the audience is African-American, Asian-American or Hispanic/Latino-American.  The residents of Newark are well represented among the 500,000 people who attend performances and events as well as the 75,000 children, families and educators who participate in Arts Education programs each year.

Conceived as an arts center with a social conscience, NJPAC is driven by a five-point mission:

  • To present the world's greatest artists in a premier cultural setting.
  • To showcase the State's best artists and milestone events.
  • To enrich children and families through arts education.
  • To bring diverse communities together.
  • To be a major driver of Newark's economic revitalization.

Surdna is proud to support its Jazz program for teens.  NJPAC's Wachovia Jazz for Teens (JFT) gives interested teens intensive, hands-on instruction in this essential American art form.  Admission is by audition, through NJPAC's annual Young Artists Talent Search.  JFT's conservatory-style classes take place at NJPAC's Center for Arts Education on eleven Saturdays in the fall and spring.  Students have the choice of participating in one or both semesters, and many return year after year to further hone their jazz technique and musicianship through sequential study.


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