Jersey City – arts community

Immediately across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan and New York City, Jersey City is one of America’s most culturally diverse cities and has a thriving arts community.

Jersey City NJ

An arts destination

Jersey City is home to thousands of artists and dozens of arts venues and organizations.  In 2026 the Centre Pompidou will open its only North American museum in Jersey City, joining other arts anchors like Mana Contemporary, the historic Loew’s Theatre, White Eagle Hall and Art150.

Jersey City is also home to WFMU and the unparelleled art collection at HCCC, as well as several galleries, theaters and dance companies.

There are numerous arts events throughout the year, with six Art Crawls, JC Fridays four times a year, summer dance and music festivals, the Jersey City Jazz Festival, and the Art & Studio Tour, which has been held each year since 1990.

The arts community

Jersey City became a leader in the state by advocating for, and then implementing, a small arts tax, which provides funding for the local arts organizations and institutions, as well as individual artists. 

Last year the Arts & Culture Trust Fund providing grants to 20 artists and 68 arts programs and organizations. You can see the list here.