New Jersey's 'Town Square,' NJPAC, to Host Big-Screen Projection Telecast of the Historical Inauguration of Barack Obama

Jan 13, 2009, 13:30 ET from New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Over 2,750 Seniors, Students, Community Leaders and Members of the Greater Newark Community Expected To Attend

NEWARK, N.J., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, NJPAC is opening its doors for a big-screen projection telecast of inaugural activities in Prudential Hall on Tuesday, January 20th at 10:30 am. This special event is being presented in association with the City of Newark, Mayor Cory A. Booker and The Newark Municipal Council.

Tickets for the inaugural event were distributed to Newark senior citizens and schoolchildren, NJPAC friends and patrons, as well as to a variety of community, social service, educational and religious organizations and leaders in the Greater Newark vicinity with whom NJPAC has longstanding partnerships. Additionally, nearly half of the tickets were distributed on a first- come, first-serve basis to the general public and all tickets were "sold out" in less than two hours.

"This is exactly the kind of event we should be hosting at NJPAC," said Goldman. "Increasingly, arts centers are becoming the new 'town squares' of the 21st century. Historic events should be commemorated communally. We can't wait to share this moment in history with the people that have made NJPAC a part of their lives in our first decade of operations."

Goldman noted that admission to the live telecast is not free, "We are asking all attendees to bring canned goods as their 'ticket price,'" he said. "All items collected will be donated to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey."

"We greatly appreciate the partnership of NJPAC on this momentous occasion," said Kathleen DiChiara, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. "President-elect Obama has made dealing with America's hungry a major initiative for his Administration. We can't think of a more appropriate way to celebrate his inauguration than by asking New Jerseyans to remember their neighbors most in need."

NJPAC, located in the heart of a newly emergent downtown Newark, NJ, is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. Home of the Grammy(R) Award-winning New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC has been widely cited as a catalyst in the revitalization of New Jersey's largest city, attracting over 5.5 million visitors, including one million children, in its first eleven seasons of operations.

SOURCE New Jersey Performing Arts Center