NEWARK — America has talent, and so does Newark. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and the All Stars Project of New Jersey join forces as part of the center’s free, outdoor summer concerts, headlined by top names in the music industry as well as stars-in-waiting from the local community.
NJPAC’s Sounds of the City and Friday Night Live hold court on Thursdays and Fridays, while NJPAC partners with various community groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, kicking off with the All Stars Project of New Jersey’s most promising young artists in a talent showcase, featuring song, rap, spoken word and rap on NJPAC’s Theater Square stage Tuesday July 10 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday July 11 at 6:30 p.m. The partnership also provides the Newark and greater Essex County “All Stars” with an opportunity to learn from professionals in the entertainment industry.
“Talent shows are about entertainment, talent shows are about showcasing new performers and talent shows are also a way to bring the community together for development. At the All Stars Project of New Jersey performance is a tool that helps poor kids to express themselves and grow, and we’re so glad to be a part of this exciting project with NJPAC and the other organizations involved. And there is no better a place to showcase what our All Stars can do than in front of America’s Got Talent.” said Gloria Strickland, founding director of the All Stars Project of New Jersey.
“With the nation’s spotlight on Newark this summer, there’s no better time for NJPAC to continue its core mission to spotlight the community and our own homegrown talent,“ said David Rodriguez, Executive Producer at NJPAC. “We know that the arts can change lives, and we are proud to partner with the All Star Project of New Jersey, an organization that offers young artists a chance to express themselves through the performing arts. We hope that the experience of performing on the NJPAC stage will be a transformative one for the participants and audience alike.”
For twelve years, the All Stars Project of New Jersey has helped create a path away from the hopelessness of poverty and violence by fostering growth and development for thousands of youth. The international organization has given young people the opportunity to perform in and produce positive cultural events in their neighborhoods. The young people learn that performing, both onstage and off, can open doors to important opportunities in their lives. For more information on the All Stars Project of New Jersey, visit www.allstars.org/new-jersey
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