What's New Jersey's Best Arts Destination?

Area organizations nominated for fifth-annual JerseyArts.com 'People's Choice' awards.

Which towns have the best theater, art museums and plays in New Jersey? You have until Jan. 22 to decide.

Several Central Jersey institutions were among those nominated for the fifth-annual JerseyArts.com "People's Choice" awards.

Online voting runs through Jan. 22.

Discover Jersey Arts is a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation to increase awareness of and participation in the arts in the Garden State. Other participating organizations include the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism.

Even if you don't see your favorite listed, you can still try and write yours in. That's what MPAC general manager suggests.

MPAC General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer also noted, "people can write in Morristown as 'Favorite Arts District.'"

"I would encourage everyone to vote for these awards. It's a wonderful way to recognize the arts in everyone's communities," Eric Hafen, artistic director at the Bickford Theatre, at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.

The complete list of nominees is below:

Favorite Performing Arts Center

Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
State Theatre
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)
Appel Farm at The Landis
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC)
Bergen PAC
Peak Performances at Montclair State Univ.

Favorite Theater to See a Musical

Paper Mill Playhouse
Surflight Theatre
Bickford Theatre
Ritz Theatre

Favorite Theater to See a Play
Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
George Street Playhouse
McCarter Theatre
Cape May Stage
Luna Stage
Two River Theater Company

Favorite Art Museum

Montclair Art Museum
Newark Museum
Zimmerli Art Museum
Princeton University Art Museum
Noyes Museum of Art
Grounds For Sculpture
Wheaton Arts Museum of American Glass

Favorite Art Gallery
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Arts Council of Princeton
George Segal Gallery
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art
Arts Guild New Jersey
Perkins Center for the Arts
Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts
Artworks Trenton

Favorite Symphony / Orchestra

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO)
Symphony in C
Princeton Symphony Orchestra
Bay-Atlantic Symphony
The Discovery Orchestra

Favorite Choral Group
Masterwork Chorus
Westminster Choir
Princeton Girlchoir
New Jersey Choral Society
Harmonium Choral Society
Newark Boys Chorus
Princeton Singers

Favorite Opera Company
Opera New Jersey
New Jersey State Opera
Boheme Opera NJ

Favorite Dance Company
American Repertory Ballet
New Jersey Ballet
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
Freespace Dance
Atlantic City Ballet
Umoja Dance
Outlet Dance Project

Favorite Music Festival
Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival
Cape May Music Festival
XPoNential Music Festival
South Orange International Blues Festival

Favorite Film Festival

Montclair Film Festival
New Jersey Film Festival
Cape May Film Festival
Black Maria Film + Video Festival
Garden State Film Festival
Newark Black Film Festival

Favorite Place to Take an Adult Arts Class
Montclair Art Museum - Yard School of Art
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
Grounds For Sculpture
Arts Council of Princeton
Perkins Center for the Arts
Peters Valley Craft Center

Favorite Place to Take a Kid's Arts Class
Camp Newark Museum
Appel Farm Arts Camp
Perkins Center for the Arts Summer Camp
Montclair Art Museum - Yard School of Art
Grounds for Sculpture

Favorite Downtown Arts District
New Brunswick
Red Bank


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