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News & Press July ’14

Playin' Around South Orange presented by PNC Bank


Playin’ Around South Orange returns this August! Last year’s inaugural Playin’ Around South Orange introduced a new and fun way for both residents and visitors to enjoy live music outdoors in South Orange Village for the public’s enjoyment, to play, to sing, clap along with, and to listen to. 

                                                        - REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS -

At this time, in cooperation with other community partners, SOPAC is seeking local artists/teams to submit proposals for painting the pianos for this public art project. The intent of this project is to create a downtown arts installation that highlights both the visual and the performing arts. The artists/teams are asked to submit pictures of their work or provide a website where their work can be viewed as part of the proposal/application process.

The submissions deadline is 6PM on Friday, July 18. A Selection Committee will choose the winning designs by Thursday, July 24.Piano artwork must be completed and ready for installation by August 18, 2014.

Application Materials:
- A completed Application Form. (Click here to download PDF Form.)

- A one-page letter of intent describing your design concept, source of inspiration, and what interests you about the Playin’ Around South Orange program.

- Multiple images of artist’s/team’s body of artwork and/or a website.

- One full color concept image drawn, painted, or printed on the form at the end of the RFP. Artists/teams must submit only one concept. (Optional)

Questions regarding submissions or the selection process should be directed to Linda Beard at or (973) 382-1035.

Playin' Around South Orange is brought to you by the South Orange Performing Arts Center, the Village of South Orange, the South Orange Village Center Alliance, and Seton Hall University. 

"Sumptuous" Sound Design at SOPAC

Rolling stone music
When country music star Hunter Hayes rocked out at the South Performing Arts Center, Rolling Stone Magazine had something to say about the incredible acoustics in our intimate music hall:

"... the South Orange Performing Arts Center's spectacular sound design rendered the material nearly sumptuous."

Click here to read the full Rolling Stone article.