Arts lovers throughout the Garden State are encouraged to go online to vote for their favorite arts organizations in the 2011 Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards - including local favorite, the Paper Mill Playhouse, nominated in two categories.
The awards cover a variety of categories that range from favorite theater in which to see a play or musical to favorite performing arts center to museum and gallery to symphony and dance company, and many more for 2011.
Voting is open now through midnight, Jan. 18, 2012. This year, Paper Mill Playhouse is nominated in two categories: Favorite Place to See a Musical and Favorite Place to Take a Class (Kids). Vote for Paper Mill Playhouse at http://JerseyArts.com/PeoplesChoice in both categories. Last year, more than 6,000 people cast their ballot, resulting in Paper Mill Playhouse's win for the 2010 Award as both Favorite Professional Theater and Favorite Summer Arts Program.
This year's awards feature 59 nominated organizations across 14 different categories. "It's a great opportunity for arts organizations around the state to connect with and rally their audiences in support of the arts they love," said Jim Atkinson, Discover Jersey Arts' Program Director. "The arts in New Jersey are vital, vibrant, and diverse, and our nominees really showcase that."
Organizations were nominated for the awards by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) network, made up of hundreds of nonprofit cultural groups statewide. Five lucky voters will be selected at random to receive the item of their choice from the JerseyArts.com Online Store - your one-stop shop for your inner arts geek. Winners will be announced on JerseyArts.com in early February. For complete details visit JerseyArts.com/peopleschoice.
“We are committed to providing outstanding opportunities for talented people of all ages that are educational and enriching,” said Mark S. Hoebee, Producing Artistic Director of Paper Mill Playhouse. “Programs like our Youth Theatre, adult classes and our Summer Conservatory give students a supportive environment in which to learn and explore elements of performance. We are honored to have been nominated for these awards directly from the community that we serve.”
JerseyArts.com is the official website of Discover Jersey Arts, a cosponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. The site provides a comprehensive cultural event calendar, online arts directory, podcast, membership program, and a variety of other resources aimed at increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey.
To vote for Paper Mill Playhouse go to the JerseyArts website. (Two categories: Favorite Place to See a Musical and Favorite Place to Take a Class 'Kids')