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Build a Village: Free Public Art-Making Workshop Series for Senior Citizens
to Launch in Englewood

originally published: 09/14/2018

Build a Village: Free Public Art-Making Workshop Series for Senior Citizens to Launch in Englewood

(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) invites seniors, ages 55 plus, who live, work, shop, volunteer, enjoy, or have a connection to Englewood, New Jersey to register for Build a Village, free public art-making workshops to create public murals in the city.  The workshops take place on Wednesdays from 3:00pm to 4:00pm on October 3, 10, 24, and 31 and November 7 at the Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living (SESCIL), located a 228 Grand Avenue in Englewood.  No art experience is needed.

Advanced registration is required.  Senior citizens may register by calling 201-568-5608 or contacting artsbergen@nnjcf.org.

Professional teaching artist/muralist Dan Fenelon leads the workshops, bringing together participants to explore creating an ideal community through art.  Senior citizens use their imagination and connect with others via the arts.  Through the series, they also make new friends.  The project is also being implemented simultaneously at a second site in Englewood for Bergen Family Center's clients. 

In the spring, the completed murals will be showcased in shadowbox windows next to the Bergen Performing Arts Center leading to ShopRite in Englewood, New Jersey.  Afterward, they will be displayed in storefronts in the central shopping district.

“Building social connections is important at any age, but can be even more vital for seniors.  Build a Village allows seniors to co-create together to produce murals that will be publicly showcased in Englewood, New Jersey.  This pilot program can be replicated in other municipalities in Bergen County, ” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.



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Support Build a Village -- Individuals and businesses are welcome to support this pilot project and its replication with a tax-deductible donation, as permitted by law.  Donations may be made online under the tab, The Creative Placemaking Fund.  Contributions may also be sent by check made out to 'The Northern N.J. Community Foundation' with 'Build a Village' entered in the memo line. 
Send checks to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, 1 University Plaza, Suite 128, Hackensack, New Jersey 07601.  To date, partial funding for the project is provided by Age-Friendly Englewood.

Creative Placemaking During its 20th anniversary year, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation continues to serve the community and asks, What can we do together that we can't do alone?. 

The NNJCF is a leader in creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into the fabric of a region, town, or city block in the region.  Build a Village is the NNJCF's ArtsBergen initiative's latest creative placemaking project to be implemented in Bergen County.

NNJCF's ArtsBergen has worked extensively with the Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT), a group of local stakeholders to develop a creative placemaking vision plan for the city.  Projects and installations include the Main Gateway Mural, a 140 foot mural beautifying a burnt down building in the downtown, and "Art on a Stick: Raccoons", a series of anthropomorphic raccoons bringing the ordinary to life, at the Johnson Public Library.  The Foundation also managed a call for artists for the "Utility ARTBox Project", a street art project that presents anti-littering messages via art on utility boxes along Main Street and beyond.

About NNJCF - Founded in 1998, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Hackensack, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, the environment, philanthropy, and the arts.  The NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation's partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other and sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources. 


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Two long-running art spaces, City Without Walls (“cWOW”) and Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art (“Aljira”), will house pop-up exhibits during the Newark Arts Festival, October 4-7, 2018.  Though both spaces are now in a period of transition, through the support of Newark Arts, they will activate with fresh exhibits during Newark’s citywide annual festival of the arts. 
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Event calendar
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018


MUSIC

Asbury Park Porchfest @ Booskerdoo, Asbury Park - 12:00pm

Carl Chesna & Co. @ Hotel Tides, Asbury Park - 1:00pm

Echoes @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

Cole Swindell @ Hard Rock Live Etess Arena at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 8:00pm

GRUPO NICHE @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

The History of Motown @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Drake Bell @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

Classic Stones Live feat. The Glimmer Twins @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Opera Theatre of Montclair Presents Hansel and Gretel @ Central Presbyterian Church, Montclair - 4:00pm


Oscar D’León with Tony Vega and Los Hermanos Moreno @ Prudential Hall @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Newark - 8:00pm

SunDog Band at Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ @ Duffy's Tavern, Paterson NJ, Paterson - 9:00pm

Celtic Thunder X @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Young Person's Concert @ River Dell Middle School Auditorium, River Edge - 1:00pm


Tigerman record release show for “Descend Into Savagery” @ Debonair Music Hall, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Hubby Jenkins @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Incorruptible @ Ritz Theatre Company, Haddon Township - 8:00pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Theatre Brut Session 2 @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 2:00pm

Evita @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Seuls en Scene French Theater Festival - "Claire, Anton et Eux" @ Class of 1970 Theatre, Whitman College, Princeton - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

HUMAN ERROR by Eric Pfeffinger @ West Windsor Arts Center, Princeton Junction - 8:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Assisted Living: The Musical @ Jay & Linda Grunin Center For The Arts At Ocean County College, Toms River - 2:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 3:00pm


DANCE

SWAN LAKE - THE ATLANTIC CITY BALLET @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 7:00pm

SOLE Defined @ Mainstage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm


LITERATURE

Monthly Saturday Writing Retreats @ Tiferet Journal, Bernardsville - 9:00am

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