New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is the anchor cultural institution for the City of Newark and the State of New Jersey. It delights audiences with world-class and diverse performances, nurtures students through comprehensive arts education programs, and engages the local community with free events and festivals across the city, the county, and the state. NJPAC strives to push the boundaries of what a performing arts center can do. It prouds itself on prioritizing inclusion in every aspect of its mission, resulting in the most diverse audiences, artist lineups, staff and board of any performing arts center in the country. NJPAC has created and toured its own original productions that extend its reach into new communities. And it's driving the charge to reimagine and revitalize the downtown neighborhood through direct real estate development and indirectly by partnering with other landowners and developers.

In many ways, the opening of NJPAC in 1997 spurred the evolution of downtown Newark from a purely business district to a true downtown with a residential community. NJPAC continued driving change in 2018 with the opening of the first new construction market-rate high rise residential tower to be built in Newark in 60 years, One Theater Square, across from the Arts Center. Now, NJPAC is masterplanning the rest of the surrounding acreage and has plans to build a new, walkable street, an education and community center, new residential (including among the first opportunities for urban home ownership in our neighborhood), other cultural assets, and green space. With this project, NJPAC has the opportunity to build an accessible, inclusive, dynamic, and unique 24-7 arts and entertainment district in Newark’s burgeoning downtown.


The New Jersey Performing Arts Center, by celebrating diversity, shall be America’s foremost urban presenter of arts and entertainment, a creative and effective leader in arts education for children, a convener of useful and enlightening civic engagement events, and a catalyst for economic development in its home city of Newark.

Reason for joining GCDN

As NJPAC makes plans to develop the 6.1 acres of remaining undeveloped land around our current campus in Downtown Newark, NJ, we are excited to be part of the Global Cultural Districts Network to learn from comparable sites around the world.


John Schreiber

President and CEO


Warren Tranquada



Newark, NJ, USA