News & Updates

Marking the 30th Anniversary of ADA

This Sunday celebrates the 30th anniversary of when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. 

bergenPAC takes its ADA responsibility seriously as it ties into its nonprofit mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone. While the historic theater has certain limitations, bergenPAC’s staff strives to make everyone’s visit as comfortable as possible.

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The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC Virtual Summer Programs

The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC online programs let children study theater, dance and music with professional teaching artists from the comfort of their homes. This is a great way to keep kids engaged, while developing important life skills, including discipline, creativity and self-confidence.

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Virtual Early Childhood Music Keeps the Fun Going This Summer

It’s never too late to develop a love for music and dance, but starting early certainly has its benefits. The Early Childhood Music program at The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC provides developmentally appropriate activities for infants, toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy while bonding with their parents or caregivers.

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Scholarship Program Keeps the Performing Arts School Open to Everyone

bergenPAC knows that just offering classes isn’t enough if it wants to truly deliver on its mission to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC established a Scholarship Program several years ago that ensures no child who wants to develop their artistic passions will be turned away because of financial hardship.

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Go Deeper into Dance with Summer Intensives

The summer may be the time to relax, but it can also be perfect for upping the intensity. The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC’s virtual summer programs include two separate two-week dance intensives led by Dance Artistic Director Roberta Mathes.

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A Fresh Approach to Say No to Drugs

The students file into the auditorium and settle in for another assembly, expecting the usual – a speaker will tell them to work hard, don’t take drugs and make good choices, etc, etc. They’ve seen it all.

But they haven’t met Derick Cross aka D. Cross. The poet and visual artist takes the microphone and starts beatboxing, using his mouth to make the sounds of drums and record scratches. He then mixes in raps about avoiding opioids and get the students to join in a call-and-response chant.

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Making the Arts Truly Accessible to Everyone

bergenPAC’s nonprofit mission is to make live performing arts and arts education more accessible to everyone in the community. However, one of its original founders and Chairman Emeritus, Edmondo Schwartz, realized that simply bringing headliners to town wasn’t enough if some residents could never visit to the theater.

So he created the vision for the Arts Access Initiative....

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Sandy Bennett Art Gallery Celebrates the Fine Arts

While the word “performing” is centered in its name, bergenPAC’s mission is to make all forms of art more accessible to the community. As part of that, The Sandy Bennett Art Gallery features a different visual artist each month – many from Bergen County.

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The Performing Arts School

The Performing Arts School provides arts education to students age 3 months to 21 years throughout Northern New Jersey. With classes in all types of performing arts, outreach programs throughout the state, and programming for children with special needs, every donation helps create more opportunities for new artists.