Montclair, N.J. – Vanguard Theater Organization has been awarded a $37,500 grant from the New Jersey Arts & Society Restoration Fund of the Princeton Space Neighborhood Basis to assist continuing renovations at their new theater at 180 Bloomfield Avenue, in Montclair, NJ. The New Jersey Arts and Society Recovery Fund was proven to assure the survival and strength of the state’s arts, cultural and historic sector throughout and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The very first period of the NJACRF shut in January 2021, awarding $2.6 million to 100 NJ-based mostly non-income statewide. The 2nd period commenced accepting programs on March 1st with a deadline of April 12, 2021.

“We are so grateful for the NJACRF’s guidance,” says Janeece Freeman Clark, Founding Artistic Director of Vanguard Theater Company. “We see it as affirmation of our mission to transform the narrative as a result of theater devoted to Desire: Variety, Reciprocity, Training, Activism & Mentorship. Simply because of the NJACRF’s assistance, we are ready to concentrate our other resources to developing creative systems that intersect with social justice, such as our most recent Black Heritage Thirty day period video and panel discussion about the history of Minstrelsy and Musical Theater.”

Up subsequent for Vanguard is a Women’s Historical past Thirty day period celebration of Gorgeous Women, with Women of all ages from Wonderful on Broadway. A combination of performances, stories, trivia, and history, this hour will element three actresses from the Broadway demonstrate, and is by donation on March 25 from 8 – 9PM.

On March 1, 2020, Vanguard signed a lease for what was formerly the Aged Mogul Theatre, the oldest proscenium theater in Montclair. This was a critical phase towards making a group-cultural hub in a very numerous location and removing the prices and logistical burdens of leasing numerous web pages. VTC chose to set down roots in Montclair’s Fourth Ward, dependable with Vanguard’s mission of switching the narrative as a result of theater dedicated to Dream: Range, Reciprocity, Education and learning, Activism & Mentorship. The timing of Vanguard’s shift coincided with the onset of the pandemic, halting renovation ideas, and leaving the area vacant for months, when gained cash flow stalled and charges accumulated. This grant will assistance VTC install a point out of the art HVAC and air filtration method, improved sanitization, and buy a fogging anti-bacterial equipment.

Town council associates had a difficult hat tour of theater in 2020.

Vanguard Theater Company is organizing a ribbon-cutting ceremony the weekend of April 23, 2021. Sponsorship and naming prospects are still out there! Vanguard Theater Firm welcomes all inquiries about its area at [email protected]

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