BURLINGTON, N.J. — Multiple Montclair businesses bring home awards based on a statewide voting model.

The following Montclair businesses have been recognized:

  • Montclair Jazz Festival, Montclair
  • Favorite Film Festival: Montclair Film Festival, Montclai
  • Favorite Art Gallery: Studio Montclair, Montclair
  • Favorite Adult Art Class: Montclair Art Museum Yard School of Art, Montclair
  • Favorite Visual Arts Camp: Montclair Art Museum's SummerART Camp, Montclair
  • Favorite Performing Arts Camp: Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop, Montclair
  • Favorite Downtown Arts District: Montclair

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is happy to announce the winners of the 2019 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards. Now in its 11th year, the annual contest celebrates the extraordinary work of New Jersey’s vital and thriving arts community. Nearly 14,000 arts lovers from throughout the region cast their ballots this year. From 115 nominees, 19 groups were honored at ArtPride’s headquarters today.

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“The arts in New Jersey are vibrant, diverse and innovative,” said Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, during this morning’s awards ceremony at Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in Burlington, N.J. “We are extremely proud to host the annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards, and to honor the outstanding cultural industry that makes our state such an incredible place to live, work and play.”

The 2019 JerseyArts.com People’s Choice Awards honorees 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: Luna Stage Company, West Orange 
  • Favorite Art Museum: Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton
  • Favorite Art Gallery: Studio Montclair, Montclair
  • Favorite Symphony/Orchestra: New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Newark
  • Favorite Choral Group: Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir, Millburn
  • Favorite Ballet Company: New Jersey Ballet, Livingston
  • 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 Visual Arts Festival: Newark Arts Festival, Newark
  • Favorite Adult Art Class: Montclair Art Museum Yard School of Art, Montclair
  • Favorite Visual Arts Camp: Montclair Art Museum's SummerART Camp, Montclair
  • Favorite Performing Arts Camp: Jazz House Kids Summer Workshop, Montclair
  • Favorite Downtown Arts District: Montclair

Honorable Mentions:

  • Favorite Central Jersey Performing Arts Center: State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick
  • Favorite South Jersey Symphony/Orchestra: Bay Atlantic Symphony, Atlantic City
  • Favorite North Jersey Art Museum: Newark Museum, Newark


“The thousands of fans who come out and vote every year for their favorites are further proof that the arts matter in New Jersey,” said Allison Tratner, Executive Director of the State Arts Council. “As drivers of tourism and the economy, these distinctive arts destinations anchor communities in every corner of the state, and help connect us with the creativity so vital to our quality of life.”

For detailed results and more information, visit JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice. Photos from today’s presentation are available at JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice/2019Photos



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