The Grunin Center is proud to host programs and performances that support classroom curriculum and the invaluable skills that arts education gives children. Through the performances here at the Grunin Center and the related curriculum for you to use in your classroom, we aim to encourage students to read, develop critical and creative thinking, and be curious about the world around them.

Programs include: School n’ Stage matinee programs, workshops and master classes, and CAMP (Community Arts and Music Programs) presented by the Wintrode Family Foundation. We are proud to coordinate the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival, and host the NJ Teen Arts Festival and the NJ Poetry Out Loud State Championship.

For more information and to book your group, contact Jaclyn Wood, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator: 732-255-0400 x 2487 or jwood@ocean.edu

Upcoming School Programs:

San Jose Taiko: Rhythm Journey (World Music/Dance)
Monday, November 5, 2018
In partnership with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Thanks to the generous support of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, transportation assistance is available for this show. Please contact Jaclyn Wood for details.

Ranky Tanky (Music/Culture)
Monday, March 11, 2019
In partnership with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Thanks to the generous support of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, transportation assistance is available for this show. Please contact Jaclyn Wood for details.

Bollywood Boulevard: A Journey Through Hindi Cinema Live
(World Music/Dance) | Monday, April 8, 2019
In partnership with the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Thanks to the generous support of the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, transportation assistance is available for this show. Please contact Jaclyn Wood for details.

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The Magic School Bus (Science)
Monday, June 3, 2019
Thanks to the generous support of the Ocean County College Foundation, transportation assistance is available for this show. Please contact Jaclyn Wood for details.

National Geographic Live: Ocean Soul (Science)
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Thanks to the generous support of the Ocean County College Foundation, transportation assistance is available for this show. Please contact Jaclyn Wood for details.

Coming for a school matinee? Stay after the performance for lunch on campus, and a show in the Novins Planetarium! Lunch is available for purchase in the Larson Student Center, with special packages available for school groups. Lunch and Planetarium visit must be booked in advance, so please inquire about lunch packages and Planetarium shows when booking your trip.

The Grunin Center wishes to thank the following Sponsors and Supporters who make the Schools n’ Stage program possible:

  • Ocean County Parks and Recreation
  • The Wintrode Family Foundation
  • Ocean County College Foundation
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

For more information on sponsoring these programs, please contact Mark Wilson at mwilson@ocean.edu.

Workshops and Master Classes

We offer special opportunities  for selected high school and college students to work directly with our Grunin Presents artists for workshops and master classes here at Ocean County Colleges. Past programs include Neil Berg, Ailey II, The Church Sisters, and New York Voices. In 2018/2019, students will have the opportunity to learn from:

  • Bernie Williams
  • Broadway’s Next Hit! Musical
  • Mandy Gonzalez: Fearless

Girl Scout programs are available, please contact us for details!