Our Town


Orange, New Jersey




People watching an outdoor mural beign painted.

Animating Orange at the ValleyArts Hat City Street Festival. Photo courtesy of ValleyArts.

The NEA grant will support Animate Orange!, a series of promotional and educational efforts to strengthen the Valley Arts District. Project activities include attraction and retention of creative entrepreneurs through business counseling, planning multi-use artist spaces in existing vacant buildings, launching an outdoor visual arts festival, establishing artist residencies for teaching artists in public schools, and expanding after school arts programming for local youth. ValleyArts, City of Orange, Rising Tide Capital, and Orange Board of Education will collaborate on multiple efforts to activate and attract artists to live and work in the Valley Arts District. City of Orange has a population of 30,314 and is 92 percent African American or Hispanic.