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Call for Submissions for the $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project


(TOMS RIVER, NJ) -- On January 15, at Ocean County College, The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation hosted the event of the winter season, the $10,000 Engage Toms River YouTube Challenge Awards Ceremony

At the end of the YouTube Challenge Awards, Jeremy Grunin said, "I am excited to announce The Foundation will be building on tonight's success with the $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project. This is a competitive competition for proposals open to all artists resident in Ocean County."

Pointing to a photo of Nancy's Café in Downtown Toms River, located at 207 Main St., Jeremy continued, "To me this is an ugly wall, but to the artists in our community, it's their canvas. This is an incredible opportunity for artists to begin redefining Downtown Toms River. It will also give the winner an opportunity to gain experience seeing a project from design to installation. We are looking forward to see the talent of Ocean County come to the fore over the next seven weeks."

Jay Grunin stated, "Toms River has world renowned artists who were born and raised here. We are proud to announce our Juror Co-Chairs are Danny Clinch, internationally acclaimed rock photographer and Brian Hanlon, Official Sculpture of the NBA. It is our hope the Foundation's Engage Toms River endeavors will inspire a new generation of world class artists."

Speaking at the launch, Yvonne Yaar, the artist behind last year's Community Mural Project stated, "This is an extraordinary opportunity for the artistic community of Ocean County. There is no submission fee and the subject matter is open to the artist. It is the competition every artist dreams of."

Entries are being accepted through March 9th and must follow the Prospectus located at http://www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org/communitymuralproject.html

The top three mural designs chosen by the jurors will be announced on March 16th.

The voting will then be open to the public to vote for their favorite design with the top three mural designs shown on www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org, www.wobm.com, The Jay and Linda Grunin Arts Center at Ocean County College, Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, Community Medical Center, and The River Market Restaurant in Downtown Toms River.

The overall winner of the $10,000 Engage Toms River Community Mural Project will be announced on March 30th.

Zarita Mattox, Executive Director of the Toms River Branch, Ocean County Library said, "The Engage Toms River Community Mural Project is community in every sense of the word. The winning design will be turned into a "paint by numbers" canvas allowing every visitor to the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library the opportunity to paint the mural. We are looking forward to a very busy and artistic spring!"

Visit www.jayandlindagruninfoundation.org for more information.

About The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation
The Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation is a private family philanthropic organization based in Toms River, NJ.  Its aim is to make Toms River the regional template for quality of life and strong economic health through root-cause focused investment in health care, education and the arts.

To demonstrate our commitment to sustained engagement and participation of all of Toms River's residents in the arts, it developed the Engage Toms River Program.  Engage Toms River (#EngageTomsRiver) will become the hub of the community's creative ingenuity. 
 
The Foundation wants to encourage every citizen in Toms River to awaken his or her creativity, individuality, artistic and technical abilities to embed interaction with the arts and culture in the community.
 
The Foundation will host two to three Engage Toms River programs every year, open to everyone in Toms River AND with a minimum prize of $10,000.
 
Engage Toms River programs will range from digital to performing arts, from music to architecture, sculpture to paint and everything in between.  There will be something for everybody in our community.


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Event calendar
Saturday, Dec 14, 2019


MUSIC


Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties @ House of Independents, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

Motor City Revue @ The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

NEW POLITICS, PLAIN WHITE T'S & THE MOWGLI'S @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 6:00pm

HOLIDAY DOO WOP VOL. II @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:00pm


Jackie Evancho @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

DUEL OF THE DECADES: 90'S VS. Y2K @ The Wellmont Theater, Montclair - 7:00pm

GANDINI JUGGLING AND ALEXANDER WHITLEY AMERICAN PREMIERE SPRING @ Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair - 8:00pm

Morris Choral Society Presents "Baroque Jewels and Songs of the Season" @ Morristown United Methodist Church , Morristown - 8:00pm

Imperial Brass Sounds of the season @ Grace Episcopal Church (Nyack, NY), Nyack - 3:00pm

Princeton Symphony Orchestra: Holiday POPS! @ Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton - 3:00pm and 6:00pm

The Hot Sardines @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Quiet Storm @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm






THEATRE


It's A Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre @ The Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents THE GREAT TREE AND OTHER TALES BY ZONA GALE @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

It's A Wonderful Life @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Free to Be...You and Me @ Players Guild of Leonia at the Civil War Drill Hall Theatre, Leonia - 3:00pm and 7:00pm

Broadway for the Holidays: A Musical Revue @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 8:00pm

Madeline’s Christmas @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 1:30pm and 3:30pm

COMEDY


Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical @ Pax Amicus Castle Theatre, Budd Lake - 7:00pm


DANCE


NEW JERSEY BALLET'S NUTCRACKER WITH NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 1:00pm and 6:00pm

NUTCRACKER - AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 2:00pm and 7:00pm

The Nutcracker, National Ballet Theater of Odessa @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 2:00pm and 7:00pm


The Nutcracker @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 1:00pm and 4:00pm


FILM


Polar Express Pajama Party @ Brook Arts Center, Bound Brook - 6:30pm

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