Promoting education is one of the core values of SOPAC and an integral part of our mission. At the heart of our commitment lies the belief that learning in and through the arts can serve as a powerful tool for student achievement in the classroom and in life. 

Education Programs

School Performance Series
Live performances can be an unforgettable experience that can reinforce classroom learning, ignite imagination and creativity,  and help young people develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts.

INSPIRED MINDS Gallery Exhibit
The Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC celebrates the work of young artists in INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition, an annual juried exhibit of art by Essex County high school students.

Music Residency
Funded by the Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation, the Music Residency at SOPAC pairs a music teacher in the community and their students with a professional musician in order to provide a musical experience unlike any other. 

Juilliard @ SOPAC
SOPAC is proud to partner with the famed Juilliard School to present a Sunday afternoon concert series featuring music’s brightest young stars. A talk-back is held with each artist after performances. 

La Cinémathèque Film Club
Series of screenings feature classic films by renowned foreign filmmakers in the SOPAC Loft. The events are led by educator, artist, and filmmaker Gerard Amsellem who provides introductions and commentary in addition to leading post-screening discussions.