Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

Bringing the Arts to Monmouth University – and Beyond

The Center for the Arts at Monmouth University oversees the performing, visual, and literary arts in order to promote creative thinking, inspiration and cultural enrichment. It operates as the University’s hub for a wide variety of programs, projects, and events that serve the campus and the community.

Each season, the Center offers more than 140 events at campus and community venues, including the Performing Arts Series; Children’s Theatre; Visiting Writers Series; Pollak, DiMattio, and Ice House Galleries; World Cinema Series; and screenings from Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre of London, and Bolshoi Ballet.

Other unique programs and partnerships include ArtNow, which fuses performance art and technology, an affiliation with the Grammy Museum which provides access to research, internships, special projects, events and exhibitions; and, since 2011, the University has been home to the Bruce Springsteen Special Collection, attracting writers, scholars, and fans from around the world to conferences, programs and other scholarly activities focused on our hometown hero and one of New Jersey’s favorite sons. The Center contributes programming to the Jewish Culture Program, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Irish Studies. The Center also assists with the Department of Music and Theatre Arts events such as the Shadow Lawn Stage, a professional summer theatre series.

Leadership

Staff

Vaune Peck

Director

vpeck@monmouth.edu

Kelly Barratt

Assistant Director

kbarratt@monmouth.edu

Lynn Sternberg

Assistant

lsternbe@monmouth.edu

Series Directors

ArtNow

Corey Dzenko PhD

cdzenko@monmouth.edu

Galleries

Scott Knauer

sknauer@monmouth.edu

Department of Music & Theatre

Joe Rapolla

jrapolla@monmouth.edu

Performing Arts Series

Vaune Peck

vpeck@monmouth.edu

Visiting Writers Series

Michael Thomas

mthomas@monmouth.edu

World Cinema Series

Tom Pearson PhD

pearson@monmouth.edu

Arts Coordinating Council

Thomas Baker

Kelly Barratt

John Burke

Eileen Chapman

Andrew Cohen

Corey Dzenko

Aaron Furgason

Scott Knauer

Frederick Mckitrick

Nancy Mezey

Tom Pearson

Vaune Peck

Joe Rapolla

Michael Richison

Lynn Sternberg

Michael Thomas

David Tripold

Kenneth Womack

The Center’s Artistic and Cultural Objectives

The Center has numerous goals, which include the following:

  • Celebrating diversity by introducing citizens of the region to different cultures through the arts;
  • Creating or expanding business, educational, and civic partnerships in the community;
  • Serving New Jersey artists through multiple opportunities for engagement with the public;
  • Broadening audience demographics and developing new pathways of entry and engagement;
  • Expanding the artistic vision of programming while adding to our community’s cultural legacy;
  • Integrating the arts into the curriculum to deliver experiential learning opportunities for students; providing a diverse slate of arts programming that is accessible to everyone;
  • Fostering inspiration, discovery, and enlightenment for thousands of citizens in the tristate region; and
  • Offering educational outreach opportunities of significance and impact to regional schools and community organizations.

Connect with us today! Contact us online or call the box office at 732-263-6889.

Download our upcoming season of events, 2017-2018 Season Brochure.

Awards

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Major Presenting & Service Organization

Fiscal Years 2008 – 2016

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Citation of Excellence

Fiscal Years 2011 – 2016

Monmouth County Arts Council

Arts Education Awards 2013 “Enriching the community by inspiring and fostering the Arts” Vaune Peck Director, Center for the Arts & Caravanserai

Monmouth Arts Honored by the

Founding Arts Group of the Monmouth County Arts Council

2011

Monmouth University Certificate of Achievement

Monmouth County Arts Council

Arts Education Awards 2010

Discover Jersey Acts – People’s Choice Awards

“Nominated for Best Small Performing Arts Center in NJ” In 2015, 2016, 2017

State of New Jersey The Senate & General Assembly Joint Legislative Resolution

“…honored and saluted by the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce as the recipient of the Arts and Culture Award during the Twentieth Annual Spinnaker Awards Dinner…” 2011