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Looking at the paintings of Charles David Viera, one wouldn’t guess that he’s a life-long comic book buff, but a new exhibit he curated for the Arts Council of Princeton is shining a light on the genesis of the medium.... READ ON

Is Newark on the verge of developing its first artists’ housing co-op? That was the $64,000 question asked at the community meeting for the future Nina Simone House in Brick City’s South Ward neighborhood held on January 10. Spearheaded by the Mayor’s office along with the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation (NCEDC), the efforts to renovate the abandoned Clinton Trust bank building into a space residents could be proud of has been a long time coming.... READ ON

Having been unanimously adopted by the New Jersey Assembly’s Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee early in the current legislative session, Assembly Bill A-2801 awaits a vote by the full Assembly and eventually the Senate. ... READ ON

Producer Susan Wallner spoke to the co-directors of Express Newark, Anne Schaper Englot and Victor Davson. They call it a “third space” – where public scholarship and community engagement are opening up an exciting new chapter in Newark’s cultural history.... READ ON








The NJ Stage Awards were create to promote places to experience the arts throughout the state. Initial voting takes place October 1-14 when the public gets the chance to vote on the full list of nominees. From there we tally the votes and create 10 finalists per category, based on a mix of the public vote and NJ Stage staff picks.  The public then votes on the finalists for the final 2 weeks of October. ... READ ON

The holiday season helps bring out the best in people.  For arts organizations and artists, this often means taking part in benefits.  Whether it is helping to raise money or food for the local food bank, collecting blankets or clothing for the homeless, toys for tots, or bringing attention to a blood drive,  art is an excellent way to bring attention to a cause.... READ ON

I believe that a BIG human nature defect is how we often take for granted things that deserve more attention. And I want to suggest that, in southern New Jersey, one of those things is Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville.... READ ON

When honoring iconic, global artists, no other humanitarian spirit, career or artistic expression emulates Peter Max. For the past six decades, Max has been part of the fabric of American pop culture, spreading peace, love and his universally recognized art across generations, cultures and eras. His work was and is for all - a democratization of art.  In October, Max celebrated his milestone 80th birthday, making him one of the last living pop artists of this generation.... READ ON

The year was 2000 and Catherine Lazen was inspired to create an art school which would champion people with disabilities.  Fittingly, Lazen named it Arts Unbound.   Seventeen years later the nonprofit, located in Orange, New Jersey, is providing professional fine arts education, vocational assistance and a gallery exhibition space to 200-300 artists annually, thereby  challenging the stigma and lack of viable employment opportunities that all too often are associated with their constituency. ... READ ON

“I’m a frog guy working in a fish lab.” That’s the truth, but a bit of an understatement, when describing Brandon Ballengée. He’s a scientist – a post-doc fellow at Louisiana State University conducting research on fish and their survival in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He’s also an internationally acclaimed artist who’s been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, ARTnews, and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.... READ ON


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