Looking for a place to get involved? Take a class? Share your masterpiece? You’ll find information on the many arts organizations who call Maplewood home right here. If you would like to add your organization’s info, please let us know.
Public & Non-profit Organizations
Adult School of South Orange - Maplewood - A community school for people of all ages, launched in 1933 and now offering more than 150 courses and lectures on a wide range of subjects including art, music, business and finance, fitness and recreation, languages and technology. Classes meet in school buildings after hours and in numerous other venues throughout the community. Special programming for children includes computer science classes and Suzuki violin lessons during the school year, and a summer enrichment program enjoyed by hundreds of kids each year. Website. Email. Phone: (973) 378-7620
Durand Hedden House and Garden - 523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood. A historic house museum that finds compelling ways to explore our community's fascinating past - through nature, architecture, music, food, social life, local history, reenactments and participatory activities - and to spotlight the "treasures" in our own backyards. Website. Email.
Maplewood Artist Collective - A non-profit arts organization dedicated to providing a forum for artists and creatives through local events and gatherings. Regular events include Life Drawing Classes, Vinyl Brunches, Dance Parties, and an annual event for kids, The Jolly Jingle Jam. Website. Facebook. Instagram. Email. YouTube.
Maplewood Garden Club - Since 1927, the Maplewood Garden Club (MGC) has been bringing gardeners together from Maplewood and surrounding communities. Beginning in 2017, MGC will launch a Youth Garden Program. MGC is a membership organization that holds regular meetings in the off-season at the Memorial Library, main branch. Website. Email.
Maplewood Historic Preservation Commission - Gives guidance and "provides the authority for local historic sites, buildings and districts to be identified and formally designated; and for the regulation of future development and/or alteration of such sites and in such districts to ensure that inappropriate development will not harm historic character." Website.
Maplewood Memorial Library - A township institution that enriches the quality of life throughout Maplewood by working to instill a love of reading….bringing together diverse people, information and ideas…serving as a place for life-long learning, intellectual freedom and cultural stimulation…representing, through its collections, the diverse interests and points of view of the community…and offering free and equal access to digital resources. Main branch: 51 Baker Street (973) 762-1622 Hilton branch: 1688 Springfield Avenue (973) 762-1688. Website.
Maplewood Village Alliance - A non-profit special improvement district that includes merchants, property owners and residents dedicated to the preservation, promotion and enhancement of Maplewood Village. The Alliance sponsors and promotes events in the downtown Village business district, welcoming the local community to the Village area and helping to create a favorable environment for our local businesses. Phone: 973-762-4556. Email. Facebook.
South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race - A non-profit organization dedicated to building a unique, suburban community that is racially, socially, and culturally integrated and truly inclusive, where there is equity and equality for all. Its numerous programs use pro-integrative, race-conscious strategies to further this goal in all areas of community life, including education, business, the arts, and interfaith activities. The Coalition is celebrating its 20th year of creating integration and inclusion in our two towns. Phone: 973-761-6116. Email. Website.
Springfield Avenue Partnership - A non-profit corporation created by a group of neighborhood citizens committed to revitalizing the main shopping corridor in their neighborhood. Funded primarily by a special tax assessment on commercial properties within the improvement district, it has since grown to become 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation governed by a board of trustees comprised of business and property owners, local residents and municipal officials. Phone: (973) 763-6011. Email. Website.
Art Studios, Galleries & Classes
1978 Arts Center - 1978 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood. A community space dedicated to the arts. The Center provides classes and workshops, art shows, film programs and live performances—and provides a forum for artists to work, exhibit and interact. Website. Email. Phone: (862) 438-8191
Art Studio Now - 499 Summit Avenue, Maplewood. Small art classes thoughtfully tailored to your child’s creativity. Art Classes, Spring Break Mini- Camp, Summer Camp! Website. Email. Phone: 973.378.3798
Geralyn’s Art Studio / Gallery 103 - 103 Baker Street, Maplewood. Geralyn’s Art Studio offers painting and sketching classes to adults and children, as well as children’s summer camp options. The work of local artists is featured at Gallery 103. Website. Email. Phone: 973-275-1966
Acting, Dancing & Music Classes
Acting with Emily - 94 Baker Street, Maplewood. Classes for all skill levels and ages in acting, improv, dance, audition technique, filmmaking, and musical theater. Taught by local industry professionals. Website. Phone: (973) 996-8668
In Tune Music School - 155 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood. With classes in guitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboard/piano and drums, In Tune encourages its students to experience the many different aspects of learning an instrument. They provide both one-on-one lessons and small group classes, with a focus on the camaraderie of playing with others. Website. Email.
Inspirational Dance Company - Dance lessons and performance opportunities for boys and girls ages 3 - adult. Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, modern/contemporary, break dancing, zumba, and Latin dance including salsa, merengue, bachata. Facebook. Phone: (973) 761-7236
Gregory Omar Osbourne Inc. - Maplewood native Gregory Omar Osbourne's production company works both independently and with other local theater organizations to advocate for diversity in the arts through live theater. His work is frequently featured in the community, most recently presenting "Five Guys Named Moe" at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts. Website. Email.
Maplewood Community Music - An organization of “hobbyist” (amateur and professional) musicians dedicated to playing music together and bringing music to the Maplewood/South Orange community. Ensembles include Swingtown, a big band; Jackson Square, a Dixieland band; and Bones Unlimited, a trombone ensemble. They play at a wide variety of community events, and welcome newcomers. Website. Email.
Maplewood Glee Club - An organization of male singers who come together for the pleasure of singing together. Now in its 70th year, the group is known for both its semi-annual concerts and its scholarship program, which helps young local musicians pursue their studies. All newcomers welcome, both amateur and professional. Sponsored by the Maplewood Recreation Dept. Facebook. Email. Phone: (908) 273-5777
Midtown Direct Repertory - A professional, ensemble-based theater company composed of over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call Maplewood and South Orange home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. MDR produces a reading series of new plays at The Woodland. Email. Website.
Performers Theater Workshop - 1 Pierson Road, Maplewood. Established in 1984, PTW is dedicated to arts education for students of all ages and abilities. Classes available from dance, to instrumental and vocal music, to acting techniques. Phone: (973) 327-2250. Email. Website.
Rent Party - A monthly live music event at The Woodland featuring local and sometimes national bands. All proceeds go to three local food pantries, to help fight hunger in our community. Rent Party also maintains a large community garden and runs a BackPack Pals program, which provides a weekend bag of nutritious food to about 100 food-insecure kids in local schools. Email.
Society of Musical Arts - A volunteer association that provides an opportunity for amateur and professional musicians to play baroque and classical music in a chamber orchestra, and presents free public concerts with multi-generational appeal to the residents of Essex County. Phone: (973) 433-0224. Email. Facebook.
The Strollers - The Strollers have been producing community theater in Maplewood since 1932. Founded “to provide an opportunity for artistic and dramatic education and enjoyment for its members and the community,” the Strollers hold regular auditions for the 4-5 shows they produce each year (including a children’s theater piece), and welcome new members. Phone: (973) 763-8453. Email. Website.
South Orange Symphony Orchestra - A full-size symphony orchestra of volunteer amateur and semi-professional musicians, led by a professional conductor. Founded in 1949, the orchestra performs several free concerts a year in Maplewood/South Orange, offers scholarships to students of stringed instruments, and holds an Artist Competition for solo performances with the Symphony. Email. Website.
Studio B - A multidisciplinary, non-profit arts organization that showcases the work of local artists, and creates original work. Founded in 2008, Studio B is known for many signature events: a regular Story Slam for local writers, the Bizarre Bazaar where over 40 fine artists and artisans sell their work, an annual Speakeasy – a vaudeville-style variety show with an eclectic assortment of entertainments, and a regular series of podcasts including Milkwood and Biscuits and Bourbon. Studio B also produces music and film series, programming for kids, and original theater pieces. They are known for their standing-room-only shows. Email. Website. Facebook. Instagram.
The Theater Project - Theater company dedicated to producing new and lesser-known plays, The Theater Project produces most of its “main stage” plays at the Burgdorff, as well as acclaimed improv classes for tweens and teens. With additional regular events in Cranford, the Theater Project encourages its audiences to think beyond the status quo. Phone: 908- 809-8865. Email. Website.