Algonquin Arts

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 173 Main St Manasquan NJ 08736 USA

Mission: Algonquin Arts, founded in 1992, grew out of the need for cultural enrichment in Central NJ, and in particular the Shore regions of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. The mission of Algonquin Arts is to provide year-round programs to educationally enrich the lives of residents and students with programs that include dramatic and musical theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, classic films and mixed media presentations, hands-on workshops and professional development opportunities for area students and teachers, education programs for senior citizens; and arts outreach to area schools and assisted living facilities.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I'm continuously impressed by the variety and quality of performances at the theater. Equally impressive is its education and community outreach programs including those for autism and for Head Start. I feel fortunate to have such a quality venue in my community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the positive impact that the theater has had on the youth in our area. The theater school has been responsible for resurrecting a theater program in one of our area secondary schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to secure our financial future.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

family friend

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Program variety that appeals to all segments of the community and financial security.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Same.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Algonquin Arts offers a wide range of programs for the South Monmouth and North Ocean County areas of NJ. The Fr. Alphonse Orchestra recently had a great sellout performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Motown on New Year's Eve was enjoyed by close to a thousand area people. Programs for school children offer opportunity to see live performances and perform themselves - for all area children including at-risk.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Having attended many performances and talked with other patrons, all agree on the high quality of the programming.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Need to get the word out to more people in the area - this is a real community asset.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Algonquin Arts Theatre is an outstanding venue. In addition to year round presentations of music, theatre, dance and film, the historic theatre also offers a wide array of educational and charitable outreach programming designed to increase arts access for the entire community. Some of their most impressive programs include PAGE & STAGE (a literacy program for 3-5-year-olds in Monmouth County Head Start centers), AUTISM THEATRE WORKSHOP (a weekly theatre program, in partnership with POAC of Brick), RISING STARS (the only NJ statewide classical music competition for young adults), and a robust, year-round PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways - enthusiastic children, grateful teachers, appreciative audiences and supporters.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the theatre's ability to present well-known and well-loved musicals, to help attract a larger audience base.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

extremely far-reaching educational programs that impact the lives of so many Monmouth and Ocean County residents. this theatre offers much more than any other theatre I've known.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Algonquin Arts Theatre is a bright spot and hub of culture and education in an otherwise sleepy little resort town . In the off season, Algonquin Arts Theatre is not only the anchor business in the town, aiding in economic viatality, but a rich cultural center for film, theatre, music, dance, and theatrical performances. The staff is cheery and helpful, the parking convenient,and all and all, a first rate operation!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending first rate shows of all kinds.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help funding for more staff and facility updates.

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