(BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ) — The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts will join forces with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) to present a Holiday Cabaret for the Arts on Friday, December 18 at 6:00pm-8:00pm. Featuring pops and holiday favorites from Wharton’s musical theater arts department alongside video footage from the Art Center’s current exhibitions and educational offerings, this new collaboration between the arts organizations hopes to bring a unique combination of beauty, seasonal cheer, and a message of unity to a shared local community base, even as COVID-19 continues to impact the local and national arts scenes.
Said Melanie Cohn, VACNJ Executive Director, “The Art Center is excited for this festive partnership with Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts. Our two organizations really demonstrate the transformational power of art and we look forward to this opportunity to share the joy of the performing and visual arts with our communities.”
“I am thrilled to support music education and the arts, now more than ever. I look forward to performing arts programs continuing to inspire residents of all ages in Berkeley Heights, and the Holiday Cabaret for the Arts is a festive nod to community-engaged art,” stated Berkeley Heights Mayor Angie Devanney.
The Holiday Cabaret for the Arts is available for free via Zoom or Facebook Live. Audience members are invited to watch from the comfort of home and experience the delights of music and art in this joyful celebration. The event will conclude with a festive holiday sing along and a shop local video featuring small businesses from the township of Berkeley Heights. Rumor has it that Jolly Old Saint Nick may even appear!
The Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts’ mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.
Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,200 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 15 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony, which serve 500 students in grades 3 – 12 by audition. Beginning with Out of the Box Music and Pathways classes for young children, Wharton offers private lessons, group classes, and ensembles for all ages and all abilities at the Performing Arts School. With the belief in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay, Wharton teaches all instruments and voice and has a robust musical theater program. Based in Paterson, New Jersey, the Paterson Music Project is an El Sistema-inspired program of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts that uses music as a vehicle for social change by empowering and inspiring children through the community experience of ensemble learning and playing.
Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 10 counties. All of Wharton’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.