• Cultural Affairs - Fall 2019
  • Welcome to the
    Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)


    DOCA kicks off the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement with yearlong programming celebrating the fierce females of New Jersey. Programs are in partnership with Jersey City Public Schools and Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, among other local organizations.

    Our season opens with an artist reception on August 1 for Pow(h)er, an all-women contemporary exhibition. Pow(h)er illuminates the creativity of female artists focusing on a variety of issues including immigration, fertility, and the body. Jersey City resident and curator Kristin DeAngelis co-curated the exhibit, which features the work of Caroline Burton and Jan Huling, both of whom recently exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum; Trix Rosen, whose photography was featured at MOMA in 2018; Jodie Fink, and Zoë Sua Kay, among other extraordinary women artists.

    The fall season continues with Relatable, an exhibit curated with the assistance of the new HCCC Gallery Management Class. Relatable highlights the importance of art in everyday life and features emerging and established artists who live or work throughout the state of New Jersey. HCCC alumni Freddy Samboy and HCCC Professors Michael Lee and Jon Rappleye are joined by artists Beth Achenbach, Pat Lay, Ibou Ndoye, Jim Watt, and others. The exhibit also includes the global skateboard collective, Wenning Boards, Boards for Bros, and the Oaxaca Foundation.

    Our Teacher as Artist exhibit features the work of HCCC Professor Katie Niewodowski whose art explores the interconnectedness of all living beings. In celebration of Jersey City LGBT Pride Week, join us for a meet and greet on August 20 with mocktails on the Dineen Hull Gallery roof terrace.

    You can find up-to-date program information on Facebook, Instagram, and the HCCC website. The digital version of the DOCA 2019 Fall Event Calendar is also available for download and print copies can be picked up at the gallery. We sincerely hope you enjoy all of our free cultural offerings. See you on the sixth floor of the Gabert Library Building!

    Michelle Vitale
    Director of Cultural Affairs

    Eldad Tarmu

    HCCC Spotlight

    Eldad Tarmu is a vibraphonist, composer, and music educator hailing from Los Angeles. A touring musician for most of his career, his recordings range from jazz to contemporary classical music, blending ethnic influences, seamlessly integrating genres in a signature style. His collaborations include prominent names such as Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, Taj Mahal, Poncho Sanchez, Tamir Hendelman, and Cybill Shepherd.

    Tarmu holds a master’s degree in Afro-Latin Music and Music Composition, as well as a doctoral degree in Jazz Performance. He currently teaches music courses at Hudson County Community College and Raritan Valley Community College. Tarmu and his ensemble will perform at the Pow(h)er exhibition closing reception on September 24 from 4-7 pm. Details about his upcoming shows and CD releases can be found at www.eldadtarmu.com.

    JC Writer!

    Jersey City Writers NaNoWriMo

    Back by popular demand! Throughout the month of November DOCA partners with Jersey City Writers, the Gabert Library, and the Writing Center at HCCC to offer Writing Marathons for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

    What is NaNoWriMo? It’s an annual, internet-based creative writing project where participants attempt to write a 50,000-word manuscript between November 1 and November 30. These Writing Marathons are designed to help you hit your NaNoWriMo word count or to reach any writing goal you may have. Join us and knock out that novel, short story, poem, or blog post!

    HCCC students are encouraged to sign up! Students that attend may enter a drawing to win gift cards from some great local businesses. The drawing will be done at the end of the JCW Residency program. The drawing will be done at the end of the JCW Residency program. Programs will be held in the Dineen Hull Gallery Atrium, 71 Sip Ave., 6th Fl.


    Wednesdays: November 6, 13, 20 at 6 pm
    Fridays: November 1, 8, 15, 22 at 6 pm
    Saturdays: November 2, 9, 16, 23 at 2 pm
    Sundays: November 3, 10, 17, 24 at 2 pm

    Sign up for the JCW DOCA Residency events on Meetup.



    DOCA welcomes Hudson County community members, organizations, businesses, and school groups to enjoy our cultural programs at the College. Groups of 6 to 30 visitors are invited to a FREE 45-minute tour of our current fall exhibitions in the Dineen Hull Gallery. To schedule a tour, contact Michelle Vitale at mvitale@hccc.edu.

  • Contact Information

    Department of Cultural Affairs

    71 Sip Avenue 6th Fl.

    Jersey City, NJ 07306



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    Closed Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays

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