The 30th anniversary of the largest art tour in the state, the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, will take place with a series of virtual events from Oct. 1 to 4.
JCAST Live! will be held via Zoom, featuring studio tours, art demos, and panel discussions with artists, arts organizations, and collectives from all over the city in partnership with Art House Productions.
“Every year we are broadening the scope of JCAST to incorporate more and more new and upcoming artists, and as we go virtual for the first time this year, we have even more exciting art and events planned to mark our 30th anniversary,” said Mayor Steven Fulop.
“JCAST highlights Jersey City’s dynamic city culture by showcasing our unparalleled arts community and the incredibly talented artists who live and work here. The annual event always draws thousands of people from near and far, and I anticipate even more participation this year as we invite everyone to virtually experience our expansive gallery in a safe and comfortable way.”
“There really is something for everyone, whether you’re new to the arts or a steadfast supporter,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Christine Goodman. “By offering our events virtually for the first time this year I think we will be able to expand our reach so that residents and visitors alike will discover why Jersey City truly is the heart of art in New Jersey.”
Attendees can take in the art in the open air with a self-guided tour of the city’s expansive installations of the Jersey City Mural Arts Program and visit a local park and discover artwork printed on banners courtesy of “Walk Bye” and the Jersey City Parks Coalition.
Even branches of the Jersey City Free Public Library are getting involved with local nonprofit Drawing Rooms’ “Prayer Flag” project in which residents submitted photos and quotes to display outside library branches.
Your art purchase will be delivered!
Other open-air experiences will also be available.
This year will feature “Artivism,” a thought-provoking virtual program to be held during JCAST weekend’s evening hours, in partnership with the Jersey City Theater Center.
The Zoom series will discuss topics such as community engagement and the arts, the arts as a catalyst for change, and the arts as a global connector.
For a full description of events and festivities including a calendar of events, go to www.thejcast.com, for all JCAST information.
The website features easy-to-search artist profiles discoverable by medium as well as a JCAST Art Concierge to facilitate purchases of artistic works which will be delivered to the buyer’s door.
This year’s virtual events will be accessible to the disabled community. ASL interpretation and captioning will be available through Zoom. JCAST encourages participants to describe visual content within their events, which can also be requested in the chatbox feature of each event.
Those in need of assistance accessing the online platforms or content, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour is presented by Bank of America in partnership with Art House Productions, Goldman Sachs, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, Jersey City Theatre Center, the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism, and the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District.
It is made possible by Mayor Steven Fulop, the Jersey City Municipal Council, and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs.