• Welcome to the
    Department of Cultural Affairs (DOCA)

    Dineen Hull Gallery

    Community and education come first at HCCC! Last year, the Department of Cultural Affairs welcomed close to 8,000 visitors. We are proud to offer a variety of free partnership programs with nationally recognized not-for-profits including EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, WBGO, Rutgers University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Local community organizations Jersey City Writers, Mindful Play Yoga, Kennedy Dancers, Jersey City Arts Council and others also join us this spring to spark the creativity of our diverse community.

    Last, but certainly not least, get involved with the NEA Big Read and receive a free book by attending the Educational Arts Team’s “Hook the Book” workshop. This citywide celebration highlights the novel Station Eleven and encourages everyone in Jersey City to Read, Read, Read!

    Don’t hesitate to sign up for our programs via our website since free tickets go quickly. We are excited to offer these amazing programs at the Dineen Hull Gallery and hope you will come to participate in some or all of them this semester.

    Michelle Vitale
    Director of Cultural Affairs



    JC Writer!

    JC Writers Writing Bootcamp

    For Spring 2019, Jersey City Writers, a community group of over 1200 writers, will lead a prose and poetry writing residency at HCCC. JCW will offer a writing bootcamp that is open to HCCC students and staff as well as local writers. Participating writers will also have the opportunity to read their work at the DOCA Rooftop Reading Series in April.


    Sunday, 3: Perfect Prompts
    Sunday, 10: Writing Tip & Tricks
    Sunday, 24: Publishing Panel

    MARCH (NEA Big Read Focus: Station Eleven)
    Sunday, 3: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Bootcamp
    Sunday, 10: Dystopian Fiction Bootcamp
    Wednesday, 20: Genre Night: Literary Reading (Will be held at the Apple Tree House, 298 Academy, St. Three slots will be set aside for 3/3 & 3/10 residency attendees.)

    APRIL (Poetry Month)
    Thursday, April 4, 6-8 pm: Poetry & Prose Open Mic
    Sunday, 7: It Doesn't Have to Rhyme!
    Sunday, 14: How to Recite on the Mic
    Thursday, 25, 6-9 pm: 2nd Annual Jersey City Poetry Festival: Poetry Reading

    Sign up for the JCW Writing Bootcamp sessions on Meetup. For additional information or questions, contact Jim DeAngelis at jim.j.deangelis@gmail.com.


    Pink Vase!

    Open Call: Summer Exhibition

    Greetings from Asbury. DOCA is looking for Shore memorabilia, postcards, posters and photos of the Jersey Shore to be on loan for exhibition and educational purposes at the Dineen Hull Gallery. To send a submission or for more information, contact Michelle Vitale at mvitale@hccc.edu.



    Pink Vase!


    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 exhibition 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



    Fall Gallery Hours
    Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

    Closed Sunday & Holidays

    There is no charge for admission.

    Download DOCA Pamphlet

    Download DOCA 2019 Spring Event Calendar