The mission of the Paterson Performing Arts Development Council is to bring together multicultural communities through performing arts and cultural events, to establish pathways for new and accomplished independent artists, and to promote Paterson as a “Destination City” for avid patrons of the arts.
We create opportunities for working artists of diverse backgrounds with limited resources and financial means to showcase their works. PPADC supports artists in the production of new artistic works to further their professional careers. PPADC also enriches the lives of talented youth through apprenticeship. In addition, we create opportunities for low-income urban communities who could not otherwise afford to attend high-quality performing arts and cultural events. This is accomplished through our all-inclusive Show Me The Monologue Playwriting competition and playwright-in-residence program, student apprenticeship, the Hamilton Heritage Fest, Hamilton Arts Festival, and signature community cultural events.