Arts & Culture Community South Orange

SOPAC Seeks Visual Artists for ‘Playin’ Around South Orange’ Public Art Project

From the South Orange Performing Arts Center:

Send Application to:  [email protected]

Project information: or (973) 382-1035

Media Contact: Dee Billia, 973-382-1031, [email protected]

South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University and South Orange Village Community Alliance (SOVCA) are pleased to announce that the application process for visual artists is now open for the 5th annual Playin’ Around South Orange, a public art project that features decorated pianos displayed in various locations throughout the Village from Aug. 25 – Oct. 7, 2018. The pianos will be placed in highly trafficked outdoor spaces and will be available for the public to play at their leisure. Professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days, encouraging community members to join in the “jam sessions” by playing an instrument or singing.

Local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August. A diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged. Artists are asked to submit photos of their work or provide a website where their work can be viewed. An honorarium will be supplied to the artist. The project is open to artists or design teams, age 18 or over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of a mental or physical or mental disability. More information about the project can be found at

The application process consists of a one-page letter of intent describing your design concept and source of inspiration, and what interests you about the Playin’ Around South Orange project, along with multiple images of your body of work or a website to view the work, and a full color concept of your design. All applications must be completed by Fri., July 20, 2018 and all piano artwork must be completed by the week of August 20, 2018. The application and more information about the project can be found at

About SOPAC                                                                                                                                                                              Since 2006, SOPAC has been serving as a leading performing arts center in the region. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The 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 Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, American Theater Group. The South Orange Performing Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization. For information about supporting SOPAC please visit or call our Development Department at (973) 382-1033.

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