Avalon Performing Arts Council is a registered 501 © (3) non-profit charitable corporation, founded in 1982 by Avalon residents at the request of then, Mayor Rachel Sloan. The Mayor, along with interested residents, wanted to bring the arts to Avalon. Its mission to enrich the lives of the citizens of the Borough of Avalon, Cape May County and the visitors to these areas by promoting cultural and artistic events geared to all ages. The organization’s first event was an art show displaying the talents of local artists. Thus began the “annual” Avalon Art Show and Sale in 1987 as we know it today, occurring in June of each year.
Events added since then have included summer and fall concerts; performances for children and adults; educational programs for school children co-sponsored with the Borough of Avalon. APAC also joins the Borough of Avalon and the Chamber of Commerce to host the Annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Party concert Thanksgiving Friday.
Avalon Performing Arts Council is currently comprised of over 12 board members, who create, manage, fundraise and enroll volunteers to present the arts in the area. All members are non-paid volunteers with the exception of one member who represents the Avalon Recreation Department. APAC has a close relationship with the Borough of Avalon and the Avalon Board of Education who provide their facilities for events and assists with staffing needs. The events and activities of APAC provide leisure, cultural and educational opportunities for permanent and seasonal residents, renters, and visitors on a year around basis. In addition, APAC enhances the cultural reputation of the Borough of Avalon and helps with the support of the local economy, as well as New Jersey artists and performers. Written feedback lets us know we are highly appreciated. APAC programs help to make Avalon a fun place to live and visit.
APAC programs are made possible in part by a grant administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.