NJPAC seeks community partners to distribute low-cost tickets to upcoming performances

By Peggy McGlone/The Star-Ledger
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on October 01, 2013


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark is seeking community partners for its Ticket Subsidy Fund. (File Photo)


NEWARK — Community organizations interested in low-cost tickets to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center are invited to apply to this year's Ticket Subsidy Fund.

Every year, the Newark arts center has partnered with local social service organizations to distribute thousands of tickets to its upcoming performances. This year, NJPAC plans to provide 2,100 tickets worth $130,000.

NJPAC vice president of marketing Donna Walker-Kuhne called the community partnership "one of the arts center's hallmarks."

"We relish the opportunity to introduce live arts experiences to new audiences young and old, and we look forward to welcoming additional organizations to the program this year," she said.

The NJPAC Ticket Subsidy Fund was created by Allen and Joan Bildner, with additional funding from other NJPAC supporters. In its first 16 years, the fund has distributed 17,000 tickets to 475 performances to nearly 60 non-profit corporations in the state.

The arts center sells the tickets for $6 to organizations who demonstrate the financial resources and the ability to ensure the tickets are used. Special consideration is given to organizations within a 20-mile radius of the arts center, and to those serving diverse communities. Schools and churches are not eligible.

Applications are available by calling (973) 297-5843. The deadline to apply is Oct. 15.

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