NJPAC started in 1986 as just a grand plan, a belief voiced by then-Governor Thomas H. Kean that New Jersey deserved its own world-class performing arts center.
Since its opening season in 1997, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark has attracted more than 9 million patrons, plus 1 million children. Performers who have appeared recently in the acoustically superb, 2,800-seat Prudential Hall include Joshua Bell, El Gran Combo, Aretha Franklin, Audra McDonald, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Bonnie Raitt, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Stephen Colbert in conversation with Steve Carell, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among many others.
Each season, NJPAC's Arts Education Department engages more than 75,000 public school children via arts learning initiatives in schools, in NJPAC conservatory, and on its stages.
Today NJPAC is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey-where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day.