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The press release for “Art and Healing” begins like this, “As we cautiously emerge from the quarantine of the past few months, the West Windsor Arts Center (WWAC) has created an exhibition that looks at art as a healing tool.”... READ ON

Newark is well-known as a city of history and culture. But the city is also a hotbed of public intellectual discourse, with an abundance of free lectures, panels and forums. This shouldn’t be surprising. After all, the 21-square mile city is a veritable college town, home to Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Seton Hall University School of Law, Essex County College and more. ... READ ON

Here's a look at five big stories in the arts this past week and links to the feature articles run at New Jersey Stage. This week includes news about the Metropolitan Opera, Showroom Cinemas, Bruce Springsteen, The Princeton Festival, and NJ Stage Magazine.... READ ON

After six months of publishing following the arts world shutting down, this is the last issue of our monthly magazine (in the current format).  The pandemic has finally wore us down.  We are taking our first break after more than six years of producing the magazine.  Our website will continue to publish arts news and features each day.... READ ON

Since the murder of George Floyd, artworks protesting police violence against Black lives have emerged all over the world. Art Against Racism: Memorial.Monument.Movement is a nationwide virtual exhibition created in response to this issue and will be presented on a groundbreaking video platform beginning October 3 at 5:00pm EST, just in time to get out the vote.... READ ON

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many arts events to either be canceled or adapt to an online format. Art All Night, Trenton’s annual 24-hour arts and entertainment event, went virtual in August. Now, just a month later, Art All Day, Trenton’s open studio tour and creative showcase, is scheduled to kick off this Saturday at noon in real life.... READ ON

At the start of 2020, the world was pretty much the way we left it in 2019. But the months since the pandemic took hold have seen our world change dramatically.... READ ON

(SUMMIT, NJ) — When the New Jersey Photography Forum (NJPF) approached the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey about mounting a show of work by their members, VACNJ was enthusiastic for a number of reasons. Co-founded by Nancy Ori and the late Michael Creem, the group has been dedicated to furthering the interests of fine art photographers in New Jersey for the past twenty-five years and has held their regular meetings at the VACNJ. ... READ ON

Last month, the New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education celebrated its 40th year. Established in 1980, the program was created to promote awareness and appreciation for the arts by honoring individual students, and to honor education leaders who have demonstrated excellence in, and dedication to, arts education. Usually held in May at the historic Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, this year’s awards ceremony, like so many other arts events, moved online – and took place in late June.... READ ON

Like most COVID-era arts events, the 10th annual Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Collaborative ARTS exhibition is going virtual. A summer standard, Rutgers NJMS has always provided the venue for the Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled’s WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center and the Matheny Arts Access Program to fill with the work of artists with disabilities. The COVID-19 pandemic may have prevented this special show from happening in its usual space, but, for two organizations devoted to transcending limitations, re-creating the exhibition online was a welcome challenge.... READ ON

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