Art House Productions holds Snow Ball fundraising gala

Here is a copy of the advance article I did on Art House Productions’ Snow Ball fundraising gala that appeared in the Jersey Journal.

The original article can be seen here. It was also published on the Hudson Now.

There is still time to buy tickets, so hurry!

Art House sets Snow Ball

Gypsy jazz band Manouche Bag will perform at Art House Productions' 5th Annual Snow Ball fundraising gala. Photo by Rafael A. Cruz.

Art House Productions has planned it’s annual Snow Ball and is preparing for their 10th season of arts programs.

Founder and Executive Director Christine Goodman said the upcoming year “is really a year for us to focus on mixed media collaboration.”

Goodman also said the company is developing an original play for the spring, a collaboration between classical musicians and media artists as well as a whole weekend of dance events.

To raise funds for their 2011 season, Art House will host its 5th annual Snow Ball gala. The black-tie affair has a whimsical costume theme that will allow attendees to go wild with their wardrobe choices. “It’s post-holidays,” said Goodman. “It happens at a time when people are looking for a reason to get dressed up fabulous!”

The Jersey City-based non-profit has also held Thursday open mics to provided artists with performance space and created JC Fridays, a festival of free arts events that, according to Goodman, has tripled in size since it was founded in 2005.

Art House’s success stems from its ability to bring the local artists together. Goodman says the company was founded when she was “feeling really isolated as an artist” after 9/11. “I wanted to connect and I really longed for that sense of community,” she says.

It seems that Goodman and the Art House staff have succeeded. “Every time someone else joins JC Fridays or a new gallery pops up, it helps everyone. We’re glad to be a part of that,” says Goodman.

“We want to be a part of Jersey City moving forward as an arts destination.”

The event will be on Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. and will take place at 1 McWilliams Pl., 6th floor, Jersey City, in Hamilton Square. Guests will be able to drink champagne, enjoy live gypsy jazz by local band Manouche Bag and enjoy light fare from local eateries LITM, The Embankment and Skinner’s Loft. Tickets are $70, a portion of which is tax-deductible. Those interested in purchasing tickets can visit ArtHouseProductions.org.

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About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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