Thursday, July 14, 2016



South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, Seton Hall University and South Orange Village Center Alliance are pleased to announce that the application process for visual artists is now open for the fourth annual Playin’ Around South Orange, a public art project that features decorated pianos displayed in various locations throughout the Village.  From Aug. 27-Sept. 25, 2016, the pianos will be placed in highly trafficked outdoor spaces and will be available for the public to play at their leisure. Professional musicians will be scheduled to play the pianos on various days, encouraging community members to join in the “jam sessions” by playing an instrument or singing.

Local artists, or teams of artists, will paint pianos in or around SOPAC during the month of August. A diversity of styles to inspire the community around the themes of the performing and visual arts is encouraged. An honorarium will be supplied to the artist. The project is open to all artists or design teams, age 18 or over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or the presence of a mental or physical or mental disability.

More information about the project can be found

The application process consists of

  • a one-page letter of intent describing your design concept and source of inspiration, and what interests you about the Playin’ Around South Orange project
  • multiple images of your body of work or a website to view the work
  • an optional full color concept of your design.
  • All applications must be completed by July 22, 2016 and all piano artwork must be completed by Aug. 22, 2016. The application and more information about the project can be found at

SOPAC opened its doors in 2006, and is known as a leading performing arts center in the region, garnering the Discover Jersey Arts People’s Choice Award as “Favorite Small Performing Arts Center” for the past two consecutive years. SOPAC offers innovative artistic and cultural experiences for diverse audiences in an intimate, inviting environment. The arts center hosts a variety of live performances, community events and education programs for all ages.  To further expand its offerings, SOPAC has a partnership with the Juilliard School of Music to present Juilliard @ SOPAC—a series featuring upcoming musicians from the acclaimed conservatory, and is home to the new SOMA Film Festival.  SOPAC hosts Seton Hall University Arts Council’s performances, including Classical Concert Series, Jazz ‘N the Hall performances and Seton Hall Theatre productions.  SOPAC also presents performances by its theater company in residence, Midtown Direct Rep, and its dance company in residence, Lydia Johnson Dance. The South Orange Performing Arts Center is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization. For information about supporting SOPAC please visit or call our Development Department at (973) 382-1033