New Jersey’s largest arts tour, the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), returns for its 31st year with four days of in-person events from September 30 to October 3. This year, JCAST will celebrate the art and the creative process with returning face-to-face events featuring up to 650 local and international artists at over 125 venues across the city.
The annual tour kicks off is an opening reception on September 30, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Powerhouse Arts District, with outdoor performances, music, and tours of the Nimbus Arts Center Gallery. and Art150, among others.
âThe arts can be powerfully therapeutic for people, especially in times of crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic, and so we thought it was especially important to bring JCAST back safely with in-person events after becoming all virtual last year, âsaid Christine Goodman, director of cultural affairs. “Each year we welcome more artists and more participants, and we hope this year will be the best JCAST yet.”
Other events include the Jersey City Mural Art Program (JCMAP), which will incorporate augmented reality into some of the city’s more than 200 murals for JCAST. Using application-based technology, StraxAR from Strax Networks Inc., viewers can hold their cell phones in front of a mural to bring outdoor art to life. They will also be hosting a group exhibition on Friday, October 1, which will feature canvas art from many of the JCMAP participating muralists and will also include augmented reality features. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. in a street-level commercial space offered by the KRE Group at Journal Squared at 605 Pavonia Ave.
A JCMAP pop-up gallery will take place on Saturday, October 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight in the heart of the mural arts district at 227 Coles Street, where exterior murals and interior canvases will be compatible with augmented reality. The event will feature food trucks and a beer garden in the parking lot where Canvs AP will be offering wall tours. Legendary street artist Ron English will also perform live body paintings in the black light street art section of the gallery exhibit.
When the pandemic first hit, artists around the world suffered when galleries were forced to close. Artists could not exhibit their art, and no one could go to see it. The arts play a role in improving the quality of life for residents, promoting community engagement, benefiting local businesses and improving mental health.
âI had COVID a few months ago and honestly thought I was going to die,â said Max Sansing, Jersey City resident and artist. âI wasn’t sure I could do it again. So, this year’s JCAST is especially important to me personally, and it is important to many others who are facing their own struggles throughout this pandemic. It’s good for all of us to come back to JCAST and be a part of this community.
Pro Arts will present two new exhibitions at the ART150 gallery at 150 Bay St. and will open during JCAST on September 30th. COVID regulations. Showcasing 25 artists and more than 75 works, this exhibition will open its doors on September 29 and will remain open until October 31.
For the second, Off the Wall, Pro Arts is partnering with Walk Bye, a public art organization, creating an outdoor visual art experience. Following the Walk Bye model, the works of 28 Pro Arts members are printed on vinyl banners and hung from the railing surrounding the Art150 building. The exhibition will have an opening reception on September 30 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to coincide with the JCAST launch party. The show will continue until October 30. The reception of the two shows will take place on Thursday, September 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Jersey City Theater Center will hold its inaugural Immigration Arts Summit on Sunday, October 3, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, 337 Newark Ave. The in-person event marks the official opening of the 3rd annual JCTC Voices. International theater festival. Throughout the afternoon, artists and community leaders will examine what it means to engage ethically in another person’s story and how that engagement can be transformative for individuals and society. Participants will hear speakers Hope Azeda, a leading figure in contemporary Rwandan theater, and Joseph Patel, producer of âSummer of Soulâ. Jersey City will be represented by musician Ariel Guidry and writers Maiya Katherine and Issa Musharbash. Tickets cost $ 20 at https://bit.ly/3AOUbM7.
A complete list of galleries, exhibitions, tours and special events is available at www.thejcast.com. All participants must wear masks at all locations indoors.
JCAST is presented by Bank of America. JCAST partners include Art House Productions, Goldman Sachs, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, the Jersey City Theater Center, the New Jersey State Department, the Travel and Tourism Division, and the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District.