BURLINGTON, N.J. – The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. More than 18,000 ballots were cast in the annual contest, which celebrates the extraordinary work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts community. From 11 arts districts and 116 organizations – the greatest number of nominees since the creation of the Awards in 2008 – 17 cultural organizations were chosen as this year’s honorees.

“I am proud to accept this People’s Choice Award on behalf of the creative community in Montclair,” said Israel Cronk, Executive Director at the Montclair Center BID. “It is a testament to the strength of our arts community to not only have stayed relevant but to be thriving.” 

This year, more than 18,000 arts lovers cast their ballots for their favorite local groups and downtowns. The Montclair Center BID garnered many votes and was amongst those honored this morning at ArtPride New Jersey’s headquarters at Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in Burlington, N.J. 

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“For more than a decade, the People’s Choice Awards has blown us away, and this year is no exception,” said Allison Tratner, Interim Executive Director of the State Arts Council, during today’s awards ceremony. “The outstanding nominees get better every year, and their passionate patrons and fans come out and vote by the thousands, making it known that the arts in New Jersey are not to be missed.” 

Montclair Center was one of 116 arts organizations and 11 downtown districts nominated in 18 categories, including favorite art museum, opera company, small theatre, choral group and more. Nominees were determined by their peers in the Jersey Arts Marketers network, made up of hundreds of arts groups from around the state. 

“The arts are an unwavering force in N.J. They make an incredible impact on the economy and bring our communities together to move them forward,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. “And, after celebrating 10 years of the awards, it’s clear that the arts matter to New Jerseyans.” 

The 2018 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards winners are:

  • Favorite Large Performing Arts Center: New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark
  • Favorite Small Performing Arts Center: South Orange Performing Arts Center, South Orange
  • Favorite Large Theatre to See a Musical: Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn
  • Favorite Large Theatre to See a Play: McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton
  • Favorite Small Theatre: Princeton Summer Theater, Princeton
  • Favorite Art Museum: Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton
  • Favorite Art Gallery: Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton
  • Favorite Symphony/Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newark
  • Favorite Choral Group: Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, Millburn
  • Favorite Ballet Company: American Repertory Ballet, Princeton/New Brunswick
  • Favorite Modern/Cultural Dance Company: New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Bloomfield 
  • Favorite Opera Company: Opera Theatre of Montclair, Montclair
  • Favorite Music Festival: Montclair Jazz Festival, Montclair
  • Favorite Film Festival: Montclair Film Festival, Montclair
  • Favorite Adult Art Class: Grounds For Sculpture’s Make Art Workshops, Hamilton
  • Favorite Visual Arts Camp: Montclair Art Museum's SummerART Camp, Montclair
  • Favorite Performing Arts Camp: NJPAC’s Young Artist Summer Intensive Program, Newark
  • Favorite Downtown Arts District: Montclair

Honorable Mentions:

  • Favorite Jersey Shore Theatre: Cape May Stage, Cape May
  • Favorite Jersey Shore Summer Arts Camp: Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies

“The arts are an unwavering force in N.J. They make an incredible impact on the economy and bring our communities together to move them forward,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. “And, after celebrating 10 years of the awards, it’s clear that the arts matter to New Jerseyans.”

For detailed results and more information, visit JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice. Photos from today’s presentation are available at JerseyArts.com/Press/2018PCA

The JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards are coordinated through the Discover Jersey Arts program, a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts aimed at increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts.