The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST) began as an invitation to visit artists’ studios, retailers and other downtown spaces, including the historic 111 First Street art collective and has been re-imagined several times over the ensuing decades. The inaugural studio tour was held in 1990 and spearheaded by Charles Kessler and Pat Donnelly of Gold Coast Magazine (a Jersey Journal weekly).
From 1994 to 2013 it was presented by nonprofit Pro Arts, a professional artist membership organization, in partnership with the City of Jersey City, and then the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs took over sole operations from 2014 through 2022.
The 34th JCAST was part of a larger Jersey City Art Week, which also includes the 5th Edition of Art Fair 14C, the 30th International Sculpture Center Conference, and Mana Contemporary’s Fall Open Studios.
*More info from previous years
October is the time to celebrate the arts in Jersey City! Come out for JCAST weekend October 4th -7th, and enjoy over 100 art events citywide. Take a curated tour, explore artist’s studios, and discover new galleries! Complimentary city-wide shuttle bus service provided from noon to 6 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Jersey City Art & Studio Tour kick-off celebration will be held this Thursday, October 4th from 6 – 9 PM in the JCAST headquarters, located at 84 Sip Avenue in Journal Square. There will be live music inside and out; interactive exhibits, live mural painting, multi-media showcases and so much more! The event is free and open to the public! Friday through Sunday, from the waterfront, to the heights, and all throughout downtown, take a curated shuttle bus tour, explore artists’ studios and discover new galleries in every corner of the city! Check out the digital map and schedule of events at www.thejcast.com.
JCAST: Jersey City Art & Studio Tour
October 4 – October 7
This year marks the 28th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour and it’s going to be SO MUCH MORE! Over 21-square miles of art exhibits, performances, and installations. There’s also curated tours, special events, children’s experiences. Keep checking back as the JCAST map gets populated and the events stack up. There will be 160+ venues, 750+ artists, 95+murals, 10000+visitors.