Victory Hall

Address

180 Grand Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
County: Hudson
http://drawingrooms.org

Contact

Mr. James Pustorino

Grant Amount

$10,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To support art exhibitions and public programs at Victory Hall DRAWING ROOMS art center and outreach activities.

Organization Background

Mission: A catalyst for the arts in the NJ/NY metropolitan area, Victory Hall Inc. provides a space where the arts communities and the public can share, interact and enjoy new artistic experiences. We advance and nurture the artistic and cultural endeavors of emerging and established artists whose works reflect the vibrancy and diversity of our communities.

Founded as a community arts center in Victory Hall, from September 2001 -June 2007, we produced large exhibitions of area artists, collaborated with Jersey City Museum on three NJ themed exhibits, established an annual exhibit including artists from around the country and developed a varied arts education program serving 250 children and adults weekly. Victory Hall was home to Art House Open Mic series, four theater companies, several dance troupes, film series, and many music events.

Victory Hall was at the height of its success creatively and financially, when the Hall was re-purposed by the Catholic parish that owned it in mid-2007.

2007-12: Our organization re-invented itself as an arts event producer in NJ/NY area with exhibitions in public spaces, public art projects and education programs. We established consistent programs that served the community and worked with our original landlords to establish our new arts center in 2012-13.

2013-14- We received Dodge funding and CDBG funding and continued to develop;

-our board, adding 4 new members,

-our exhibitions programming,

-our financial accounting and

-our building, creating spaces for artists to work on our third floor and starting a ceramics studio in our basement.

-our fundraising, planning events for the coming year.

Personnel- James Pustorino, Executive Director since 2001,

Anne Trauben, Curator,

A Planning Committee of arts, education, and museum professionals-

Margaret Weber, Loura van der Meule, Jill Scipione, all play vital roles.

Board President Pat Rubino is involved in guiding all areas-

Board members Dan Frohwirth-Economic development background/multiple board experience- helps us with connections to many potential funders, supporters.

Joseph Cosenza-building development and connections to business community.

Adrianna Fernandez and Freddy Rambay- bring past board experience to help us organize. Peter Zirnis- Arts Organizer/Corporate art sales background


Advisor- Susan Tramell- a professional business writer for both major corporations and non-profits.

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