Greenville Arts Crossroads, a group of artists, poets and community activists, will be celebrating their first anniversary and the Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (now a part of Jersey City Art Week) on October 12th at Three Thirds Cafe on Claremont Avenue.

GAC was founded by Elizabeth Deegan, Rescue Poetix, Melida Rodas, and Monica Shaw with the aim of bringing into focus the resilience and talent that exists in Greenville, Jersey City and to bring joy, art and entertainment to a neighborhood on the far, south side of the municipality.

“There is a duality to Greenville. While headlines speak truth to concerns involving our neighborhood. Greenville is vibrant, resilient and bursting with creativity,” says current GAC leader Melida Rodas. “In the first year, public art displays connected one point of the Greenville community to another, including Triangle Park to Saint Paul’s Church, past the Earl Morgan Library to our Pop-Up Art Gallery. We were bound by a matrix of art, poetry and music. Our solidarity as a neighborhood, in the first year, was a key element.”

Susan Justiniano (Rescue Poetix), says, “In year 2, as we are establishing organization structure, we are excited to partner with other orgs to bring another level of artistry to our mission, build a team of dedicated contributors, collaborators and increase our roster of artists.”

The October 12 celebration at Three Thirds Cafe will be from 6 to 10 p.m., is free and open to the public, and will feature art, poetry, music, and complimentary refreshments. 

In addition, Greenville Arts Crossroads will be hosting a kids event at Fruiti Fi (400 Claremont Ave.) on October 15th from 12 to 3 p.m. This event will have healthy snacks, story time, and caricatures. 

For more information, visit the Greenville Arts Crossroads page on Instagram: @greenvilleartscrossroads.

Emily was born and raised in New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in architecture. She has a background in design, public health, radio, and comedy.