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share the art

Access to great food, theater, music, dance, and visual arts

for only $5 an event!

Welcome to stART, a program committed to bringing local area high school students closer to all of the professional arts experiences in their own community. We have been working diligently with a committed group of arts organizations, teachers, administrators, and most importantly students - all who are interested in networking with other schools, linking together with other creative people, and experiencing great theater, music, visual art, dance, film, and more.

"ok, i'm what?..."

1) Look at this calendar of events below and decide which ones you want to go to.

2) Register HERE to let us know you are coming

3) Download the Event Specific Permission Slip (on event page), fill it out and bring it with you the night of the event

4) Bring $5 the night of the event. Just $5, you can also bring a guest (either a friend or a parent) for just $5


if you have questions about anything email John Keller, coLAB Director of Education at

You must register for each individual event you wish to attend. See you soon!



stART is Made Possible by Generous Support from:

What Is stART?

stART Asks one very important question:

"What can we do together to foster opportunities and collaborations

between teens and professional arts organizations in our community?" 

Why is it called stART? 

We realized pretty early on that a big part of this program was going to be about sharing - sharing cultural experiences and sharing our thoughts about art. So... stART - Share the Art

What is the point of this Program?

We also new this program would be all about having new kinds of experiences and getting access to venues and arts events that previously might have seemed inaccessible. The whole idea is to allow students to have a focused and chaperoned experience in a cultural venue while also learning what it takes to repeat these kinds of visits on their own in the future.

How does it all work?

There are three important communities that make this program possible.

Cultural Institutions - our current cultural partners represent a list of organizations and individuals who want to share the energy of their organization with the energy of local students. All of these organizations already have tremendous educational programs but this program gives greater access to students who are more curious about how the arts happen and meeting the leaders that make it happen.

School Partners - Awesome teachers and administrators... we all know who they are. The English teacher who introduced us to Shakespeare, the visual arts teacher who taught us how to draw, the music teacher who didn't give up on us when we sucked at piano. Thanks to some incredible teachers and administrators we have been able to bring this program into several schools in central NJ. But we ask a little more of our faculty representatives than just promotion. They come to events with us, join our community meals, and keep the conversations going long after the event has ended. Our school partners are educators committed to not just getting through the teaching day, but being a holistic part of their learning communities.

Students - the student participants are individuals want to experience art - and say something about it. Maybe they don't see themselves as artists, but they have a passion for experiencing more, learning more. They are active participants in their lives and they see art as an important part of that. The only requirement for stART participants is curiosity!


What kind of stuff do you do?

artSHARE - About every other month we sponsor a special community meal and SHARE. The idea is to bring in guest speakers and facilitators who have an expertise in an area the group is interested in. We have had gourmet chefs, dancers, directors, etc. Students have an opportunity to see creativity in a wide array of professions. These events are also an opportunity for students from different school systems to share with each other the kinds of projects going on in their own schools.


Cultural Trips - a few times a month we plan a group dinner and outing to a local cultural institution. We have attended plays, at George Street Playhouse, music events at Mason Gross School of the Arts. We have also had the opportunity to provide some insider experiences, like getting to see a tech rehearsal at Rutgers Theater Company, or have specially coordinated private talk backs with actors and designers.


So how do I get involved?

In order to build this kind of partnership the first thing we need to know is who is out there? What projects are you working on? And what do you want to see happen in your community? Tell us more about you HERE or contact John Keller, coLAB Arts Director of Education,, (732) 718 - 7614.

Consider Answering one of these questions:

1) Is there a cool project happening now in your H.S. or anywhere in your community that you want others to know about (school play, art exhibit, etc.)?

2) What kinds of projects do you want to see happen in your community? What is there not enough of? (live music, dance performances, public murals, etc.)?

3) What kinds of arts events do you want access to? If there where opportunities for discounted tickets what would you want to see? Where?