On Friday, I went out for JC Fridays! It’s a seasonal citywide festival with free art events that is held every three months — March, June, September and December.
I went to about 15 events and took shots for The Jersey City Independent. I also spoke with Christine Goodman, Founder of Art House Productions, the local arts organization that started and organizes JC Fridays. Here is a snippet from my article along with some of my favorite photos, all shot by me. Mouse-over for full captions.
JC Fridays: Bigger Than Ever, Still Growing
Citywide art festival JC Fridays celebrated its seventh anniversary on Friday with its Summer 2012 installment, which was larger than ever with more than 60 free art events at venues in numerous neighborhoods.
The festival, which is run by local arts organization Art House Productions, was conceptualized as a collective event in which leadership would be passed between organizations from season to season, says Art House founder Christine Goodman. The program, however, grew too rapidly for this system to be practical, she says.
“We never thought JC Fridays would be as large as it is today, or that it would encompass as many venues,” she says.
For Goodman, JC Fridays means lots of last-minute preparations and visiting other venues when she’s not focusing on running an event out of Art House’s space at 1 McWilliams Pl. by Hamilton Park. This year, they hosted the Instigatorzine Invitational, an exhibit that showcased both visual art and the written word (generally works that were previously published in Instigatorzine, Jersey City’s literature and art zine) as well as theatrical and musical performances.
At the end of every JC Fridays, Goodman sends response forms to each venue to find out if they had a good turnout, get feedback, etc.
“From what I heard and saw, it was a tremendous success and the biggest turnout yet,” says Goodman. “Even with the rain, that didn’t turn people away at all.” …