Hamilton Township, NJ establishing an Academy for the Performing Arts


Hamilton Township Mayor Charles Cain is excited about a new community project that is in the early stages of development.

The Hamilton Township Committee and the local executive and public school branches are committed to converting the former Duberson School into a state-of-the-art performing arts academy.

“Growing up in Hamilton and going to school in Duberson, the building has always been more than just brick to me,” Mayor Cain said.

“Now it’s time to bring back the memories and bring it back to its former glory and more. This is an exciting addition to the other great plans we have for our beloved downtown area. Stay tuned Hamilton, there’s a lot more to come,” Cain said.

The Cain family has lived in Hamilton Township for eight (8) generations. Her passion and strong commitment run deep.

Mayor Cain has confirmed details for the formation of a fully registered, 501(c)3, nonprofit local organization that will focus on arts and music.

It is officially organized as Mays Landing Arts
and cultural association.

It will be a performing arts academy for students and
professionals including art, film, poetry, music and more.

It will be eclectic by nature, with the stated goal of including a full-service restaurant that will strive to offer rooftop dining.

In a social media post on Mayor Cain’s page, he said:

“We fully understand that this effort must involve a long list of partners to get this right the first time. This is a feel-good community project that will improve ours
to enrich the city center with new art and culture and to have a consistently positive effect
the state,” Cain said.

The Mays Landing Arts and Culture Association will lead what is being hailed as a bipartisan effort, with each Township Committee member taking an active role, and the project will have up to 30 trustees.

“The vision is there and we have a great initial team ready to get to work. It’s going to be quite a messy art project, but one that’s worthwhile for our community,” said Judy Link.

The community committee has also received full endorsement from major public schools and community boards.

“We truly embrace this vision not only as a way to rehabilitate our historic school, but as a
way to bring art and culture to our inner city
community partnerships,” said Superintendent of
schools, dr. Jeffery Zito.

“Our job as local government officials is to provide one
Environment where business and community
thrive. The redevelopment of the Duberson School by a local arts agency will be a catalyst for that,” he said
Municipal Administrator Joseph Kostecki.

The Mays Landing Arts and Culture Association has announced that they have “a few vacant trustee and volunteer positions.”

If you are a Hamilton Township resident or own a business and would like to be a part of this project, you can contact Judy Link or Erin Crean
at [email protected]

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