JC Fridays includes artists with disabilities for the summer season

It’s summer next Friday as JC Fridays, Jersey City’s quarterly arts festival, returns June 3 with visual art exhibits, live music, art classes and studio tours from over 20 artists, businesses and organizations.

Always keen to be more inclusive, this season’s JC Fridays celebrate artists with disabilities. About 55 percent of presenters feature works by artists with disabilities or works that focus on the experience of disability. Additionally, 90% of events will be held in wheelchair-accessible venues, and most venues offer additional accessibility amenities, including large print labels and sensory tours.

“Access JC Fridays puts inclusivity at the forefront of our quarterly festival,” said Production Manager Courtney Little. “The CDC estimates that approximately 1 in 4 people live with a disability. It is imperative that arts organizations make their programs accessible not only to patrons, but also to the artists themselves.

JC Fridays takes place citywide at restaurants, stores and event spaces in nearly every neighborhood in Jersey City. All events presented during the day are free and open to the public. This day is one of the best times for visual and performance artists in the region to share their new projects and works.

Here are some of the events taking place in the city on June 3:

In Journal Square, SMUSH Gallery will have its Spring Market at Zero to 80 from 6-9pm, where artisans from Jersey City and beyond set up shop in SMUSH’s current exhibit, Zero to 80: An Affordable Art Show. The SMUSH Gallery is located at 340 Summit Ave.

In Greenville, Project Greenville will host “Revisiting the Great American Road Trip” from 4-7 p.m. The exhibit is meant to show the diversity of our country in honor of the 20th anniversary of a road trip that Elizabeth Deegan of Project Greenville took. Images will be added to the collage map in the exhibit, and guests can add their own impressions, postcards, and keepsakes during their visit. “Revisiting the Great American Road Trip” will take place at 128 Winfield Ave.

The Heights will host the Jersey City Jazz Festival Kick-Off Party with the Akiko Tsuruga Quartet at The Statuary from 6-10 p.m. Jazz organist Akiko will be featured with her band featuring Jerry Weldon on tenor sax, Charlie Sigler on guitar and Carmen Intorre Jr. on drums. The Statuary is located at 53 Congress St.

Downtown, Art House Gallery will present The New Now from 6-9pm at Art150. “The New Now” is a student art exhibit showcasing the work of participants in Dickinson High School’s PLACE and STARS programs, reflecting the identity, mind, and imagination of students on the autism spectrum. The exhibition is curated by Andrea McKenna and Miguel Cardenas. Art150 is located at 150 Bay St., enter at Provost & 1st.

Also downtown, the Dvora Art House will have The Art Project from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a tour of the 12 floors of the hall gallery by solo artists. The tour includes works by Joan Mellon, Laura Lou Levy, Cheryl Hochberg, Alberte Bernier, Robin Feld, Anonda Bell, Orna Adoram, Dana Scott among others. DVORA Art House is located at 148 1st St.

An interactive map and full list of events with details are available online at www.jcfridays.com to help customers easily find artists and venues and create their own schedule. A printable list of events can be found at https://bit.ly/3FVFUQV.

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