What You’ll See at the Jersey Shore Arts Center

Ocean Grove, New Jersey is home to creative residents who love the arts. So if you’re in the area and want to get to know our community, you need to visit the Jersey Shore Arts Center! This non-profit facility supports local artists through a wide range of events and programs. From yoga and dance to guitar and violin lessons, the JSAC truly has something for everyone. Here are some things you should know before you go.

The Jersey Shore Arts Center is a must-see while you’re in Ocean Grove. For other activities, attractions, and things to do, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of recommendations for great places to visit during your stay at The Inns of Ocean Grove!

Explore the Jersey Shore Arts Center


Like many buildings in Ocean Grove, the Jersey Shore Arts Center is both beautiful and historic. It was built in 1898 as Neptune High School and even won an award at the World’s Fair for its architectural splendor. The building served as the township’s high school until 1960.

In 1994, Herbert Herbst formed the Ocean Grove Historic Preservation Society for the sole purpose of saving the building. He bought it from the Board of Education for a dollar, and in 1997, the badly damaged structure was turned into a home for cultural arts at the shore.

Upcoming Events

Did you know that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the JSAC’s restoration? To celebrate, the central grand hall and second/third-floor galleries are offering exhibition space for theater productions, poetry readings, dance recitals, open mic performances, concerts, and musicals. Highlights include:

Songwriter’s Showcase | July 11 – August 29

The Jersey Shore Arts Center dining room has been rebranded as Café Artiste! Visitors can now attend a series of shows and performances by local musicians. Come out and enjoy acoustic-based songs, light bites, and beverages at 7 p.m.

This Great Earth | June 4 – September 8

This Great Earth is a special exhibition that showcases all things wonderful about our planet. For this multi-media exhibit, artists are invited to enter artwork that is inspired by the earth’s natural beauty. Live music and light refreshments are served at each event.

Run for the Arts | September 16

The annual Run for the Arts 5K is a fun event for runners of all skill levels. There’s a 5K race, a two-mile walk, and special prizes for different categories of runners/walkers. Plus, the course takes participants through beautiful Ocean Grove! All proceeds go to the Culinary Center for the Visually Impaired & Special Needs Individuals on the third floor of the JSAC.

Book Your Stay at The Inns of Ocean Grove

There’s always something going on at the Jersey Shore Arts Center! If you’re looking for lodging nearby, you’re in luck. The Ocean Plaza Hotel and Ocean View Inn are less than a mile away and offer top-notch service and accommodations. You’ll enjoy a wide variety of amenities including private bathrooms, refrigerators, coffee makers, and more. We even offer a delicious continental breakfast each morning! Simply check our availability and book your getaway today. We look forward to having you!

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