2016 East Orange MAC Fest Slated for June 4th!


The City of East Orange and The Arts Council of East Orange will host the second annual MACFest (music + art + culture)Saturday June 4th, 2016 from 12-8. The event is free and open to the public. This year, we are excited to present neo-soul songstress Vivian Green as our headlining act! This year’s star-studded roster also includes  Sunshine Anderson, Rah Digga, Aaron Camper, DJ Jon Quick, DJ Omar Abdullah and DJ Freeze.

The festival, which will be held at 44 City Hall Plaza, East Orange, NJ across from the East Orange Train Station, will feature entertainment for the entire family. Activities will include a project with the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck (sponsored by ACEO) featuring artist Dan Fenelon, arts and crafts in the Kids Kornercommunity showcaseover 40 vendors, food trucks, and more!

Located at East Orange Train Station, historic City Hall Plaza is conveniently located just minutes from Brick Church, Newark Broad Street, and New York Penn stations.

For more information, contact artseo@eastorange-nj.gov or the Office of Public Information at 973.266-5153.

Jazz at the Plaza, Coming July 14th & 21st!!


It’s that time of the year again, when East Orange residents gather under the stars for an evening of jazz and live entertainment. This annual Arts Council of East Orange event only gets better, and this year will not disappoint.

Join us at City Hall Plaza on Tuesday July 14th for the beautiful, and talented jazz vocalist Annette Montague.

And then on the 21st, come out to see internationally-renown jazz trumpeter Victor Jones.

In addition to music, there will be food, vendors, fellowship and lots of fun! The event, as always, if free and open to the public.

For pictures of last year’s jazz fest, check out our gallery.




East Orange MacFest A Smashing Success!


On Saturday June 12, the Arts Council of East Orange collaborated with The City and several community organization to host the first ever MACFest, a festival celebration of music, art, and culture. Hundreds crowded City Hall Plaza where they enjoyed music, special performances, and an array of creative vendors. Visit our gallery to see more pictures from the days festivities.

East Orange’s own Vinnie Brown from Grammy Award-winning hip- hop trio Naughty by Nature served as guest host, introducing  performances from the George Washington Carver Drill Team, tap-phenom Maurice Chestnut accompanied by Cicely Tyson Students, East Orange YOPAT’s “Empire” Program, a Sidewalk Catwalk Fashion Show hosted by Tyrone Chablis, New Jersey-based Soul Rockers The Band Called FUSE and Global Sensation Vinx.

In addition to dazzling performances, there were activities for aspiring young artists.  Dozens of kids participated in a collaborative painting activity, “The Elephant Project” at the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck led by artist Dan Fenelon and special guest collaborator, renowned visual artist Willie Cole. Other activities included the Epic Chalk Art Battle, which was won by artist Taha Abdul Tawwab X.


One unexpected performers took festival-goers by surprise– flash mob dance to megahit “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

Overall, the event was a fascinating display of the culture, and a fitting celebration for a city with an esteemed cultural heritage,  and many notable residents, from the late Whitney Houston to Power star Naturi Naughton.

Don’t Miss Our Arts & Entertainment Seminar, May 11th


Members of the Arts Council support and encourage local artists to do what they do best– create! But we also know that often, the most challenging aspect of being an artist is figuring out how to get payed for your work. Art is your calling, but entrepreneurship is your reality if you are attempting to turn your passion into profit.

That’s why we  are co-sponsoring a free seminar on the Arts & Entertainment business at the East Orange Public Library. The seminar takes place Monday May 11th from 6-8, and features producer Emelyn Stewart and entertainment attorney Eldonie Mason.



Whether you are interested in pursuing an arts career, or better managing your existing one, we welcome you to join us!

The Scarf Diaries, A Play

Scarf Diaries is a play about women, life and entanglements. Written scholar-activist-poet, Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, this play is the perfect complement to Women’s History Month. It goes up March 20, 2015 at the Jersey City Museum.

RSVP today at bwright@njcu.edu.10711037_10204966667661037_3670788621039233879_n


Anime Lovers Unite for Tosho-Con at EOPL!

You are invited to join the first annual Tosho Con Anime, Comic and Sci-fi  convention at the East Orange Public Library, Saturday June 20th, 2015 from 10 am – 4 pm.

Special guests include Samurai  Sword Soul, voice actress Michelle Knotz, cosplayer Lady Artecalis, Night and Day Anime Studios, and Monster In My Closet special effects make-up.

For more information call (973) 266-5600 or visit the East Orange Public Library and www.eopl.org


A Celebration of Visual and Performing Arts

Art Happening!
Join in the celebration of visual and performing arts from students representing schools across East Orange.


ACEO Featured Artist: Cathleen McCoy Bristol


Cathleen McCoy Bristol is a former student of and instructor at the Newark school of fine and Industrial arts, the Junior Museum of the Newark Museum and Arts Unbound. Cathy has freelanced as a fashion illustrator and painter focusing mostly on portraits, figure work, and landscapes. She has also worked on a commission basis with numerous pieces in private collections.

Cathy is a board member of the Arts Council of East Orange. For more information about her work visit www.cathymccoybristol@webstart.com.

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Art in the Atrium, January 20th-March 15th, 2015

imageArt in the Atrium, Inc. will hold it’s 23rd Annual Exhibit, ‘Ancient Rhythms Remixed’, featuring fabric artist, Bisa Butler, on January 23rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Morris County Administration & Records Building, 10 Court Street, Morristown, NJ.

This year’s show features Bisa Butler, who reinterprets the art of quilt-making, along than 20 additional artists.

The public opening includes a cocktail reception along with a reception from press and VIP patrons.

“Ancient Rhythms Remixed” explores work by African American artists that blends the traditional with the new.


Bisa Butler uses the centuries-old art of quilt-making to produce painterly, modernist portraits of figures like Josephine Baker, Nelson Mandela, Marvin Gaye and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Her art has been exhibited at both the Smithsonian and Epcott Center in Disney World.

Additional artists in the show include Alonzo Adams, James Denmark, Janet Taylor-Pickett, Maceo Mitchell, Leroy Campbell, Deborah Willis, Dwight Carter, Barbara Bullock and Norman Lewis.

Art in the Atrium is the largest exhibit of its kind in the state and expands the concept of African-American art.

For more information about this exhibit visit artintheatrium.org.