Nearly 150 art spaces will open their doors Oct. 3 through Oct. 6 for the 29th annual Jersey City Art and Studio Tour.
The annual art festival will feature more than 1,000 local and regional artists showcasing artwork and live performances to attendees citywide.
“Art in our community has been integral to our growth for generations, and events like JCAST truly underscore our community’s contributions to the fabric of our rich and dynamic culture,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “I encourage visitors from far and wide to come experience the incredible talent our growing community has to offer.”
For nearly three decades, the tour has attracted thousands of art aficionados from New York, New Jersey, and across the world to tour hundreds of art and performance spaces.
This year, the JCAST HQ and Kickoff Celebration will be hosted in the newly-developed Shore House, part of the luxury waterfront condominium community Park and Shore at 2 Shore Lane in the Newport neighborhood, near the PATH station and Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
JCAST HQ will be the main stop where visitors can get a festival map, grab a self-guided walking tour guide, enjoy a temporary gallery, or join a curated tour.
The curated tours are custom-created journeys assembled by art specialists across a variety of themes such as exploration of the city’s vast mural collection, family fun, and creativity by neighborhood.
Curated tours are offered by bus, bike, and foot on a first-come, first-served basis and can be reserved at www.TheJCAST.com.
Map locations include Art 150 collective showcasing 20 artists at 150 Bay St.; Curries Woods Community Resource Center featuring artwork by Jersey City Public School children; City Hall Rotunda Gallery Teacher as Artist exhibit at 280 Grove St.; Pershing Field multi-artist gallery exhibit in the Veteran’s Memorial Community Center; Museum of Russian art, and more than 100 others.
Live music will be performed throughout the weekend, including at Pier Fest on Oct. 4 on the waterfront presented by Riverview Jazz, as well as the West Side Stories Festival on Oct. 5 in Lincoln Park where food trucks and artists selling their wares will be on hand.
New Jersey City University, St. Peter’s University, and Hudson County Community College galleries will also participate this year.
For a more robust description of events and festivities, go to www.TheJCAST.com.
It includes an interactive map and a calendar of events.
Future artists, too
Special events have been created with kids in mind. JCAST Kids is geared to inspiring future artists.
They include Fall-a-Palooza art-making with kids in Hamilton Park, JCAST Kids Music Improvisation Workshop Oct. 5 at Deep Space Gallery, and more.
Go to TheJCAST.com to learn more.
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