Don’t let our seats remain empty and our arts unsupported.
The Jersey Shore Arts Center (Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society), a nonprofit performing arts center and historic site, located just outside the brick gates of Historic town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey is based out of the Old Neptune High School. Serving the Shore area until the late 70s, the school laid dormant for 20 years until the Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society, led by Herb Herbst and a group of dedicated volunteers painstakingly restored the structure to the beautiful structure it is today. This historic building was constructed in 1897, was at one time considered an “architectural splendor” now serves as the Jersey Shore’s cultural performing arts center and provides no-cost and low-cost arts events and programs.
The Jersey Shore Arts Center is also a place where artists and arts-based initiatives rent studio spaces which used to be the original classrooms of the high school building and local community theater groups and high schools utilize the original 500-seat theater for local performances. Typically, general expenses are covered by 3rd party event rentals (we have 2 other performance spaces in addition to the theater inside our 3-story building) and 30 art studio spaces (local artists and arts-based initiatives pay rent).
Most of our workforce is provided through state, local school internship programs, and nonprofit organizations which use this environment to acquire job experience for their future endeavors.
As of March this year, JSAC has suddenly lost a significant portion of its revenue stream (over $13,000) due to event cancellations of our major March and April events and our eventual closure to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions on mass gatherings. JSAC has also deferred 50% of studio rental payments to lessen the financial burden already suffered from the COVID-19 impact on their individual programs and services.
JSAC was also in the process of finishing and starting scheduled building projects it has planned for the 2020-2021 year which now have been put on hold in order to cut expenses.
JSAC has complied with the necessary closures and restrictions in order to ensure the health of the Jersey Shore community but at great cost to our budget. With an uncertain future, JSAC continues to apply for grants and schedule future events to continue on in every possible way while we all wait out this horrible virus. Right now we only have one major fundraising event left for the year and funds for this fundraiser are already dedicated to our Accessibility Project (visit the link for details). $13,620 will cover our general expenses (utilities, insurance, and other administrative costs) for the months of April, May and possibly June. If we surpass our goal of $13,620, we will dedicate the remaining funds to the Accessibility Project that will provide access for people with disabilities and our affordable arts programs and events. For every $1000 raised here, these funds will be matched here thanks to Gofundme.