PATERSON, NJ- Paterson’s InnerFaith Performing Arts Center will celebrate 20 years of service to children in Paterson and across Passaic County with its annual Children’s Gala on Friday, December 7.

The event will be held at The Excelsior in Saddle Brook and will include performance by the Rosa Parks High School Dance Department as well as InnerFaith’s Tiny Ballerina’s.

IPAC, launched on December 30, 1998,  by Paterson native Rahsona Smith Elder, a licensed social worker in the State of New Jersey, has been providing professional artistic training in music, theater, voice, art, media, dance, and social arts to children from the tender age of four up to 17. IPAC’s after-school programs, summer camps, and various other children and family programs have empowered its students to seek and attain higher education and successful careers in the arts, according to Elder.

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Elder previously told TAPinto Paterson that she realized there weren’t many art classes in Paterson at the time of IPAC’s founding, something, as part of the second graduating class of Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts High School, she found devastating. She would have to either travel on the weekends to New York or out of town in search of the arts.

“One day I just literally started thinking and praying. I started writing on a napkin. I played around with names,” said Elder. “I said ‘well I am very spiritual so I want to empower kids’ inner spirit.’ I believe you can’t do anything in this world without faith. And thus, the Inner Faith Performing Arts Center was born.”

The gala dinner will also recognizes several honorees including Mayor Andre Sayegh, Councilwoman Ruby Cotton, the Paterson Public Schools , and IPAC Board of Trustees member Curt Fields, and several other current and former board members.

Tickets for the event are just $75. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets email InnerFaith Performing Arts Center.


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