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Montclair Art Museum Wins Favorite Arts Adult Class, Summer Camp

The following is from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM):

Montclair Art Museum (MAM) is thrilled to announce that it has been honored with the awards for “Favorite Adult Art Class” and “Favorite Art Camp” for the second year in a row in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards. The Awards, which take place annually to honor the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant, and diverse arts community, saw more than 21,000 ballots cast statewide—the greatest number of votes since its inception in 2008. MAM was among more than 110 arts organizations and downtown districts nominated for the Awards in 16 categories.

“We’re so grateful for this designation and to be among the top arts organizations in the state,” said Lora Urbanelli, MAM Director. “It is a great honor to be nominated for these Awards, and to receive such overwhelming support from our peers and audiences.”

MAM garnered almost 5,000 votes and was honored Wednesday at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism at the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Fellow Northern New Jersey winners include:

  • Favorite Large Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center–NJPAC (Newark)
  • Favorite Small Performing Arts Center: South Orange Performing Arts Center–SOPAC (South Orange)
  • Favorite Theater to See a Musical: Paper Mill Playhouse (Millburn)
  • Favorite Symphony/Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra–NJSO (Newark)
  • Favorite Choral Group: Newark Boys Chorus (Newark)
  • Favorite Film Festival: Montclair Film Festival (Montclair)
  • Favorite Theater Camp: Paper Mill Players (Millburn)

All of the nominees in the 2016 People’s Choice Awards should be very proud of the work they’re doing to bolster arts and culture in our state,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, the state arts service organization that coordinates the annual awards. “To be nominated by one’s peers is to wear a badge of honor that signifies ‘great art happens here.’ With more than 100 truly outstanding nominees, it’s easy to see how much exceptional art takes place right here in New Jersey.”

For detailed results and more information, including photos from today’s presentation, visit

The People’s Choice Awards are coordinated through the Discover Jersey Arts program, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts aimed at increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts.
About and Discovery Jersey Arts is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. The site features a comprehensive cultural event calendar and arts directory; feature stories and podcasts; details on Jersey Arts Membership, including discounts and exclusive member events; an online gallery of New Jersey artists; and other content about the state’s cultural community.

About the Museum

The Montclair Art Museum, a notable, community-based institution with an international reputation, boasts a renowned collection of American and Native American art that uniquely highlights art making in the United States over the last three hundred years. The collection includes more than 12,000 objects: paintings, prints, original works on paper, photographs, and sculpture by American artists from the 18th century to the present, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art and artifacts representing the cultural developments of peoples from all of the major American Indian regions.

The Museum’s education programs serve a wide public and bring artists, performers, and scholars to the Museum on a regular basis.

MAM’s Yard School of Art is the leading regional art school, offering a multitude of comprehensive courses for children, teens, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Yard School has been recognized in the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Awards as the Favorite Adult Art Class and Favorite Art Camp two years in a row.

The Montclair Art Museum is located at 3 South Mountain Avenue in Montclair, N.J. Information and directions are available on the Museum website,, or by calling 973-746-5555. MAM is open Wednesdays through Sundays, Noon–5 p.m., and on the first Thursday night of the month (October–June), from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Museum admission is $12 for nonmember adults, $10 for senior citizens and students with I.D., and free for members and children under 12.

Free First Thursday Nights and Free First Fridays are free for everyone. The Store at MAM is open during gallery hours and has extended hours until 9 p.m. on Free First Thursday Nights.

All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum members.

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