Non-profit fundraiser for ‘Southside Performing Arts Center’ seeks to unify Jersey City

In Purpose On Purpose Community Development Corporation (IPOP CDC) is hosting their initial fundraiser for a “Southside Performing Arts Center” tomorrow night, December 19, 2019.

Lewis Spears, Jennifer Watterman-Moore, Kevin Powell.

“This is our fundraiser launch and despite what has happened we are still trying to raise money for an arts space on the Southside,” said Jennifer Watterman-Moore.

“Recent events highlight how much a Southside Performing Arts Center is needed. Jersey City has a lot of talented individuals, but too many lack a space to develop and showcase their abilities, and that contributes to the cultural depression occurring in parts of Greenville.”

According to Watterman-Moore, CEO of the nonprofit In Purpose On Purpose Community Development Corporation (IPOP CDC), the fundraiser is about “paving the way for a Performing Arts Space in the Southside of Jersey City” that will “be an outlet for creatives of all ages and their forms of self expression.”

The event will be hosted by local education activist and author Lewis Spears, feature a keynote address from author & activist Kevin Powell, and showcase performances by recording artist Jay Watts and The Jersey City Dance Academy, according to a press release promoting the event. Additionally, artist Cory Ford will be displaying pieces from his curated collection that will be available for purchase.

Cory Ford

Seeking to increase attendance for the event and build unity throughout Jersey City, Watterman-Moore noted that ticket prices have been reduced and said “it’s about what are we willing to contribute for the betterment of our community. If all someone can give is $25, $50, or $75, we say thank you because every dollar helps.”

The event is tomorrow night, December 19, 2019, from 6 to 9 PM, at the Harborside Atrium located at 201 Hudson St. in Downtown Jersey City. For more information, contact Watterman-Moore via email at [email protected] or call 201-640-3458.

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