Who We Are

The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, located on the campus of Ocean County College, is a performing arts center dedicated to providing art and entertainment to Ocean County and the Jersey Shore.

Featuring premier acts from across the globe, the Grunin Center’s intimate venue allows patrons to experience once-in-a-lifetime performances from celebrated artists, hometown musicians, and unique entertainers. Music performances in all genres, theatre, film, and dance make their way to the Grunin Center stage each season.

The Grunin Center is also the home to young performers from various educational performing arts organizations, including Ocean County College students from the performing arts and fine arts programs, and the Ocean County and NJ State Teen Arts Festivals. Our Art Gallery highlights local artists by displaying several collections throughout the year. Additionally, the Garden State Philharmonic is the Orchestra-in-Residence.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts is to provide transformative experiences that connect our community together through the Arts and to serve as a cultural resource for the students of Ocean County College and the residents of the Jersey Shore.

Jay and Linda Grunin

Local Donors Jay and Linda Grunin Benefactors of the Arts in Ocean County

During Ocean County College’s 47th Annual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, May 22, 2014, Jeremy Grunin, current President of the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, announced a $5.75 million donation to Ocean County College.  The donation will establish the Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on the College’s Main Campus in Toms River.

The Grunin Foundation

The Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic fund based in Toms River, NJ. Their mission is to improve the quality of life for all members of our community by using philanthropy to drive economic excellence at the Central Jersey Shore.

For more information regarding The Grunin Foundation visit: gruninfoundation.org