The New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera is nominated for a second time in the 2017 People’s Choice Awards. The nomination falls under the category Favorite Opera Company.  In addition, Discover Jersey Arts runs the ninth annual awards program.  Furthermore, this program recognizes the work of New Jersey’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Art enthusiasts vote for their favorite local New Jersey arts organizations.

Verismo Opera is nominated for a second time for a People's Choice Award.

Lucine Amara announces Verismo Opera’s nomination for a 2017 People’s Choice Award.

“The People’s Choice Award is a great honor.  We are also incredibly grateful of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera’s nomination. We hope new opera lovers join and support us during 2017 by voting in this year’s Awards. Winning the award would give the company a distinctive place in the greater New Jersey cultural art scene,” said Artistic Director Lucine Amara. People’s Choice Awards

Peers in the Jersey Arts Marketers network nominated the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera and other contenders. Hundreds of nonprofit arts organizations across the Garden State comprised the network. Furthermore, arts lovers cast a record-breaking number of nomination ballots.  Now, 11 arts districts and nearly 100 organizations compete in 16 categories. These categories include favorite performing arts center, dance company, art gallery, as well as choral group and more.

“It’s great to see so many nominations come in from organizations all over the state,” said Nick Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, “allowing groups large and small to be acknowledged for the wonderful work they are doing.”

Adam Perle, President & CEO of ArtPride New Jersey, which cosponsors the Discover jersey Arts program with the Council, agreed, saying: “The quality of art we have in New Jersey is increasing thanks to our rich and vibrant cultural community working together to build each other up.”

Public voting began January 5 and continues through February 16, 2017. In March, check back for an announcement about the winners at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism in Atlantic City.

For a full list of nominees and categories, visit Discover Jersey Arts.