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SOPAC Named Discover Jersey Arts ‘Favorite Small Performing Arts Center’

The following is from The South Orange Performing Arts Center

ArtPride Executive Director Adam Perle presents the People’s Choice Award to SOPAC’s Marketing Manager Kristin Svorinic. Photo Credit: ArtPride Staff

The South Orange Performing Arts Center is thrilled to announce that it has been named “Favorite Small Performing Arts Center” in the 2017 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. Presented by Discover Jersey Arts, a program of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the annual Awards highlight the work of New Jersey’s vital and diverse arts community.

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

This year, nearly 18,000 arts lovers cast their ballots for their favorite local groups and downtowns. SOPAC garnered 2,861 votes and was amongst those honored at the 2017 N.J. Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City on March 10, 2017.

“For the ninth year in a row, the people of New Jersey have told us loud and clear that the arts matter,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. “In every corner of the state, from the smallest town to the biggest city, we rely on the work of these exceptional artists and arts organizations to make our communities vibrant, unique places to live, work and visit.”

SOPAC was one of 98 arts organizations and 11 downtown districts nominated in 16 categories, including favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, choral group and more. Nominees were determined by their peers in the Jersey Arts Marketers network, made up of hundreds of arts groups from around the state.

“The arts organizations highlighted in the JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards will not come as a surprise to many. The winners and nominees alike inspire hundreds every day,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey. “These groups help our neighborhoods reach new heights and give us permission to fly to Neverland, dance on rooftops or simply take a longer, deeper look at the beauty that surrounds us. All of the nominees should be very proud of the important and impactful work they are doing.”

For detailed results and more information, visit JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice.

About JerseyArts.com and Discover Jersey Arts

JerseyArts.com 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 calendar, 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 New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey through strategic support of the arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.

About the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization that promotes the value of the arts to New Jersey’s quality of life, education and economic vitality through research and a variety of programs and services. For more information about ArtPride, visit ArtPrideNJ.com.

About SOPAC

Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a premier performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The premier arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory.  SOPAC is home for Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall University Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in-residence, American Theater Group. For more information, visit SOPACnow.org

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