1978 Maplewood Arts Center: This community space is dedicated to the arts and provides classes and workshops as well as art shows, film programs, and live performances. It also provides a forum for artists to collaborate, exhibit, and interact.
Art Walk and Music Fest: Held in September, this popular downtown festival provides an opportunity to meet artists, listen to great live music, and shop fine art and handcrafted jewelry from local merchants.
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts: Originally built as the First Church of Christ Science in 1925, this architectural gem was deeded to the Township in 1988 by realtor Jean T. Burgdorff, a Maplewood resident and patron of the arts. Located at 10 Durand Road, just steps from Maplewood Village, the multi-purpose facility houses a 100 seat theatre and 1600 sq feet Community Room. The space is rented out for classes, performances and private functions. It is also home to The Strollers, an active community theater company; (973) 763-9357; 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
DeHart Community Center: This community center provides senior citizen programs and services, as well as exercise programs; (973) 763-0750; 120 Burnett Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Durand-Hedden House and Garden: This historic house museum explores Maplewood's past through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities. It aims to make history exciting and relevant for all ages.
Geralyn's Art Studio: A studio and gallery for art shows, art events, readings, art talks and workshops; (973) 275-1966; 103 Baker Street Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Performers Theater Workshop: Founded more than 25-years ago, this is one of New Jersey's leading performing arts schools for young people. For more information on classes and workshops, visit ptwonline.com; (973) 327-2250; 1 Pierson Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Studio B: This group works with visual artists, filmmakers, writers, dancers, photographers, musicians, and others to create performance-based events. Past events include story slams, a speakeasy series, and boogie nights. Click here to view their events page; (973) 378-2133; Burdgorff Center for the Performing Arts at 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
The Tenth Muse Gallery: The galley (and store) features a collection of finely crafted jewelry and contemporary pieces from local designers to regional artists from across the United States. The gallery has a collection of art for the home or office crafted by more than 200 American artists. It also has a collection of glass, works in metal, wood and ceramics; (973) 313-2722; 99 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040.
Youth Orchestras of Essex County: Comprised of four performing groups: the Essex County Symphony Orchestra, the Junior Symphony, Overture Strings and Chamber Ensembles. The orchestras offer a musical opportunity for children ages 7 to 18, generally second grade through high school. Placement in the three orchestras is based on an audition; for details email admin [at] yoec.org.
What Exit Theater Company: This effort by the Theater Project gives audiences an opportunity to connect with local New Jersey theater in the communities of Maplewood, Central New Jersey, and Union and Cranford. Click here to view a show calendar; (973) 763-4029; Burdgorff Center for the Performing Arts at 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ 07040.