More than 25 arts organizations came to play in the first-ever Montclair Arts Festival, sponsored by the Montclair Arts Alliance, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2. Elaine Molinaro, president
of the Arts Alliance, oversaw the event.
There was music, theater, dance and art, and a lively scene at United Way Theater, 60 South Fullerton Ave.
On the first day, Mayor Robert Jackson welcomed the audience to an evening that included art curated by Joyce Korotkin; harp music from Violetta Norrie, and jazz from Jazz House Kids.
Day two, theater day, presented five local companies, including Culture Connection Theater, Vanguard Theater Company, UCC Players, and Theatre 167.
Friday offered a rock and rhythm and blues, including Meg Beattie Music and the Black Lace Blues, and Saturday offered activities for children during the day, including a performance by Opera Theatre of Montclair, and dance in the evening, from Umoja Dance Studio, Freespace Dance and others.