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. Our arts education programming offers a range of opportunities for students, teachers and adults to explore the arts.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.