Our stART teen engagement Arts initiative, stands for “share their art”, which was funded by Johnson & Johnson for its pilot phase in 2014, started with 12 high school students from New Brunswick, North Brunswick, and Piscataway and two our Arts Partners (coLAB Arts and George Street Playhouse) . This program has now grown to include 75 students from all over Middlesex County and more than 7 professional arts partners (coLAB, George Street Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, American Repertory Ballet, Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers’ Mason Gross Extension Division, Zimmerli Art Museum) in the short period of 18 months. This program is very unique and serves a specific purpose in supporting the younger residents of New Jersey, with the purpose of cultivating a strong appreciation of the arts for life. Some of our students have never participated in the Arts, seen a play, or attended an Arts event. Some stART participants do not have access to a nutritious meal. However, at each stART event, these artistic and arts-interested students from disparate backgrounds are provided a balanced meal and a ticket to a show as well as an inclusive opportunity to come together on their own merit, network with other students from across the region and learn more about the diverse career opportunities in the Arts from leaders in the field- for the subsidized cost of $5.00 per student.

2016-2017 stART Calendar

Hub City Music Festival

This Annual Festival showcases local, nationally and internationally renowned performing artists and supports the local music scene featuring genres from funk, punk, Latin to jazz and much more. This year, the Hub City Music Festival takes place in 7 venues in the New Brunswick area, featuring over 30 performances as well as 10 additional, outdoor public performances. Funding from Johnson & Johnson will cover artists and facility fees. This essential support makes it possible for the proceeds generated from each event to go directly to Elijah’s Promise and the people they serve on a daily basis. This method of outreach speaks to our mission of connecting people through the arts while attaching the social responsibility to improving the quality of life, especially for those in need.

4th Annual Hub City Music Festival
April 14-17;21-24, 2017

6th Annual Hub City Sounds
July 24 – September 17, 2017

Hub City Sounds

Hub City Sounds is a free, family-oriented performing Arts series of events presented in various parks throughout the inner neighborhoods in New Brunswick and arts venues in the downtown area. The series continues to grow and is extremely well received by the community. This year’s kick off will feature an all inclusive theatre festival featuring musical, visual, and theatre performances from local and national artists. The performance types and styles will vary with several programs reflecting the diverse population of New Brunswick’s community and of the region. This six week series will consist of over 50 performances showcasing the diversity of the New Brunswick area; including artists from the South East Asian, Latino, Caribbean, African American and Irish-American communities, highlighting multiple genres; including jazz, punk, soul, ballet, salsa, drumming (traditional, African and Tabla), and Celtic Rock.