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New Jersey Arts Community Celebrates National Day of Racial Healing with Public Events In-Person and Online


originally published: 01/06/2022

New Jersey Arts Community Celebrates National Day of Racial Healing with Public Events In-Person and Online

The Creating Change Network, a program hosted by New Jersey Theatre Alliance and ArtPride New Jersey that aims to build a more equitable, just, and anti-racist arts community in New Jersey has partnered with the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center at Rutgers University - Newark to curate a line-up of arts events celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing.

The National Day of Racial Healing, a nationwide program coordinated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation takes place January 18, 2022. Arts events focused on the theme of “Racial Healing in Action” will occur between January 16 and February 11, 2022 in south, central, and northern New Jersey. Events include both in-person and virtual visual art exhibitions, theatre, dance, and music performances, community workshops, panel discussions, and film screenings. A complete listing is below. 

“The National Day of Racial Healing is a critical platform enabling individuals and organizations across the country to participate in the recognition that awareness and action are imperative to healing our nation's racial crisis. This opportunity for our arts community to participate, supports our goal of creating change and moving this conversation forward to transform our workplace and how we engage with each other,” says Donna Walker-Kuhne, Senior Advisor, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Chair of the Creating Change Steering Committee.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with the Creating Change Network,” says Sharon Stroye, Director of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Center and Director of Public Engagement in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University - Newark. “The mission of the TRHT Center at Rutgers University -Newark is to draw on the methodologies and strategies of the humanities and the arts within a social justice framework, where RU-N and diverse community partners can engage in an arc of interactive programming designed to change the narrative about race and race relations in Newark and beyond.”

Launched in Spring 2021 with the Creating Change Virtual Symposium, attended by more than 550 arts leaders, the Creating Change Network offers ongoing roundtables and workshops, in-person accountability check-ins, and other collaborative efforts. The programs of the Creating Change Network are guided by a steering committee, chaired by Donna Walker-Kuhne (Senior Advisor, Community Engagement at NJPAC),  and representing arts administrators, artists, and leaders of social justice organizations. 

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The activities of the Creating Change Network are supported by the Grunin Foundation.


Sing for Justice: Intergenerational Community Sing-along
Sunday, January 16, 2021 at 2:30pm
ChildrenSong of New Jersey

In-person at 204 Wayne Ave, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
Live Streamed at: https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenSong
No reservations required for this free event. 
ChildrenSong of New Jersey will host an intergenerational community sing-along. All are invited to lift their voices together in songs centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The purpose of this sing-along is to promote awareness, hope, and conversation through communal singing. The event is wheelchair accessible, free and open to the public. Participants must wear a mask.

Art Against Racism: Manifesting Beloved Community

Opening Reception and Conversation: Sunday, January 16 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibition Dates: January 11, 2022 to February 26, 2022            
West Windsor Arts Council
52 Alexander Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550; 3535 US-1, Princeton, NJ 08540
Learn more about this free event: https://westwindsorarts.org
Art Against Racism and West Windsor Arts Council present “Manifesting Beloved Community” a juried art exhibition exploring the relationship of community health with race, racism, and efforts to create an antiracist society. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Beloved Community” represents a global vision where all people share in the wealth of a healed planet. The juror is esteemed artist Sonia E. Barrett. Born in the UK of Jamaican and German parentage, Barrett grew up in Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Cyprus, and the UK. She studied Literature at the University of St Andrews Scotland and her MFA at Transart Institute Berlin/New York. Barrett is a MacDowell fellow and has been recognized by the Premio Ora prize, NY Art-Slant showcase for sculpture, and the Neo Art PrizeArt that speaks to or re-envisions society’s transformation into a world of healthy people, relationships, and communities in personal or public contexts are to be exhibited in the galleries at West Windsor Arts in Princeton Junction, at Whole World Arts at MarketFair Shopping Center and online at Artagainstracism.org. An opening reception featuring a virtual conversation with the juror will take place in a hybrid format on Sunday January 16, 2022.

We Will Move: Dancing our Way to Justice and Healing

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 
Caritas Program of Holy Family Parish
View on Facebook live at:  https://www.facebook.com/HolyFamilyParishNewBrunswick
Captioned in Spanish and English
“We Will Move: Dancing our way to justice and healing" is a rebroadcast of a 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month virtual presentation by a youth folkloric dance group. Throughout the pandemic, the Caritas Program of Holy Family Parish created regular #TraumaInformedTuesday posts on social media as part of the organization’s commitment to promoting and facilitating a more trauma-informed community. Organizers will draw a connection for the rebroadcast between the danza group, the legacy of MLK Jr, and the shared histories of Black and Latinx communities using creative expressions to confront racism, health inequities, and other social injustices.

Youth Bias Task Force Student Art Exhibition

Virtual Reception and workshop, Tuesday, January 18 at 4:00pm
Exhibition Dates: December 23, 2021 to February 8, 2022
Montclair Art Museum
3 South Mountain, Montclair, NJ 07042
Learn more and reserve free tickets to the reception and workshop here.
The Montclair Art Museum has partnered with the NJ Division on Civil Rights to support their Youth Bias Task Force Student Competition with a Youth Bias Task Force Student Art Exhibition of the student’s submissions. There will be 44 artworks displayed around the themes of racial justice and the LGBTQ+ community. A virtual reception for the 175+ students who participated will include a virtual tour of the exhibit and an artist-led art workshop themed ‘Healing Through Art’ over Zoom. Live captioning and sign language interpretation will be present on Zoom; the exhibition at MAM is wheelchair accessible.  

Perkins Center Racial Healing Series

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Thursday, January 13, 2pm - Our Stories: Brave Conversations on Race
Monday, January 17, Time TBA - MLK Day Workshop: Six Words To Discuss Racial Healing
Tuesday, January 18 at 7:00pm - Our Stories: Brave Conversations on Race
Perkins Center for the Arts
395 Kings Highway Moorestown, NJ and 30 Irvin Avenue, Collingswood, NJ
No reservation or purchase necessary for these free events.
Follow Perkins Center social media (@perkinscenter) for updates and information
Perkins Center is dedicated to promoting positive, transformational, and sustainable change by discussing the historical and contemporary effects of racism in our communities. Through Arts programming Perkins Center will host multi-generational, racially diverse programs and workshops to promote discussion and healing.  Sign Language interpretation & listening devices upon request; wheelchair accessible.

#RIFT: A Play Via Text Message

Any time during the week of January 17
Luna Stage
Sign up for this free experience: www.lunatage.org/rift
Two real-life brothers—one a convicted murderer, the other a playwright; one a member of the alt-right, the other an A.O.C-type progressive. Luna Stage presents the World Premiere of #RIFT: A Play Via Text Message, a form-bending theatrical memoir exploring how we bridge America’s cultural divides.

Standing in Solidarity Series

Any time during the week of January 17
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
View the recordings here
NJPAC in partnership with PSEG produces a social justice series which is part of our Standing in Solidarity initiative we developed after the murder of George Floyd. The purpose of this series is to bring our community together and to encourage everyone to take part in transforming our landscape to build an anti-racist culture in our arts sectors and to encourage everyone to take part in the movement to ensure civil rights for all.

Healing Through Acting

Tuesday, January 18th at 8:00pm
St. Babs Historic Estate 
321 North Delsea Drive, Cape May CH, NJ 08210
Free event. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/StBabs/ 

A live multi-media showcase on January 18th by award-winning performer Will Keenan on-site & live-streamed from the historic Goshen, NJ estate known as a stop on the Underground Railroad and which houses the only enslaved woman buried in a “white cemetery” in New Jersey. To be followed by a community conversation with attendees in-person and virtually. ??Wheelchair Accessible. 

Healing through Indigenous Music and Song

Wednesday,  January, 19 2021 at 7:00pm
Redhawk Native American Arts Council 
Learn more at www.redhawkcouncil.org 
Stream for free via zoom at: https://bit.ly/3pslkrq
Meeting ID: 871 2868 5137; PW: 469529
This virtual program will share diverse ways indigenous people share healing through our instruments and songs. The program will be hosted by Cliff Matias of the Redhawk Native American Council and will feature special guest Dra. T’Karima Ticitl, PhD, CM, LM, Partera (Xicana Indigenous). 

The Interpreter

Wednesday,  January 19 at 7:30pm 
The Theater Project
Purchase $20 tickets here.
A work of theatrical fiction by Joseph Vitale that explores the complex relationship between Hermann Goering – Reichsmarschall of Germany and leading Nazi on trial for war crimes – and his interpreter, a 23-year-old Jewish U.S. Army private.  The play is about the Nuremberg trials, but it also turns a mirror on ourselves. This virtual presentation is followed by a discussion with the author. Captioning available.

What’s Going On

Thursday, January 20 - January 22
Progressive Theatre Company
Purchase $5 tickets: https://www.progressivetheater.com/ 
What’s Going On is a series of interviews stitched together by an intimate performance cabaret of song. The interviews focus on the progress being made within the theater industry as it relates to race and racism and how it affects communities, primarily those that have been marginalized. Closed Captioning available.

We Are Still Human

Saturday January 22nd at 7:00pm
Paterson Performing Arts Development Council  
Reserve free tickets for this virtual event here.
Over the past three decades, the number of women incarcerated has increased by eight hundred percent. This increase can be attributed to untreated mental illness, substance abuse, social and economic disparities, and tougher sentencing laws for women’s drug offenses. However, the current correctional system does not take into consideration the gendered needs of women who are incarcerated and how their reentry into society can be hindered by unresolved grief and loss. Paterson Performing Arts Development Council (PPADC) Proudly Presents: "We Are Still Human" written and performed by award-winning actress, poet, playwright and Rutgers University Doctor of Social Work (DSW) Dr. Helena D. Lewis. We Are Still Human explores through narrative storytelling, poems, and monologues the marginalized voices of incarcerated women. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with the playwright and an esteemed list of guests who will explore the themes of the play, how they intersect with National Day of Racial Healing efforts and what we can and should do to balance justice and equality for the women at risk. Virtual presentation will be captioned.

The Assignment

Saturday, January 22 at 2:00pm
Meta Theatre Company 
Learn more: https://fb.me/e/2Pb7HCGqG 
Tickets are free, but donations supporting Meta’s re-entry program working with formerly incarcerated women in New Jersey are appreciated: https://www.themetatheatrecompany.org/book-us/ 
This documentary-style virtual show tells the story of what happens on a college campus when a Black student, Cameron, presents her assignment about Critical Race Theory in class. There is a violent reaction from a white student, Jamie, that escalates in campus police getting involved and removing Cameron from the classroom. The audience will be taken on a journey of what happens next between the students on campus, the media, Dean Adams, a Black woman, and Professor Gilman, a white woman who created the critical race theory assignment. The actors then lead the audience in a post-show discussion about how to assess power, truth, resistance, and progress. This event will be captioned.

African Dance & Drum Class and Performance

January 23, 2022 at 2:30pm
Center for Modern Dance Education 
84 Euclid Avenue, Hackensack, NJ
Free event. Join in person or livestream at: https://cmde.org/feel-the-beat/
The Center for Modern Dance Education (CMDE) will present a hybrid (combined in-person and live-stream) African Dance & Drum class and short performance.The presentation will include an all-levels African Dance & Drum class led by CMDE instructor and Ivory Coast native YahYa Kamate, accompanied by an additional professional dancer-drummer, and feature a short performance by the artists and additional dancers. People of all ages, including those with disabilities, are welcome to attend at no cost. Venue is wheelchair accessible and instructors are experienced in integrating people with disabilities in dance classes/performances. Contact info@cmde.org for more information about specific access needs.

The Music of Ignatius Sancho: The Arts as Black Resistance in 18th-Century London 

January 25, 2021 at 7:30pm
The Raritan Players 
View livestream at: https://go.rutgers.edu/NMCstream 
This program, to be performed on period instruments, demonstrates how the Black British writer Ignatius Sancho (1729-1780) used the arts as a vehicle of Black resistance. Sancho is known today primarily as the author of an extensive correspondence, published posthumously, which used a sentimental, "conversable" literary style to criticize and disrupt the dehumanization of Black people in Britain as well as the British Empire as an engine of the African slave trade. Less widely known are the books that Sancho actually prepared for publication himself: five volumes of music—one book of songs and four of instrumental dance pieces published in the 1760s and 1770s—which made him the first Black man to publish his original musical compositions. In this concert with commentary, the Raritan Players demonstrate how Sancho drew on the musical tropes of polite, upper-class society to awaken the British public to the evils of slavery and call for their adherence to a higher moral standard. Accommodations available for the hearing-impaired.

The Memory Builds Monument Film Screening

February 11, 2022
Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center
Available to view Online for 24 Hours at: https://bit.ly/3pM9mT7
Tickets $15
Learn more: http://njfilmfest.com/
Compelled by the vivid memories of the legendary Club Matinee by aging citizens, this film leaps into the music, the art, and the community of Houston's historic 5th Ward. The doc highlights the impossible to ignore cultural and social challenges of African-Americans in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s living in the South. The through-line of this story showcases how the music of these eras played a part in defining generations and bringing people of all ethnicities and backgrounds together and how memories, at the verge of being lost, can be shared to propel the future. Wheelchair Accessible. 

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that unite, promote, strengthen, and cultivate professional theatre in New Jersey. Funding for the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Department of State Division of Travel and Tourism, and contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations including Amazon, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Grunin Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, The Shubert Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Investors Bank, The Hyde and Watson Foundation,  The F.M. Kirby Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, and The Union Foundation.

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the value of the arts to New Jersey’s quality of life, education, and economic vitality through research and a variety of programs and services. 



Into The Woods

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 3:00pm
Algonquin Arts Theatre
60 Abe Voorhees, Manasquan, NJ 08736
category: theatre

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Adelphi Orchestra - International Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 2:00pm
Fair Lawn Community Center
10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
category: music

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Kids 'N Family Series: The Little Mermaid

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 1:00pm
South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
One Sopac Way, South Orange, NJ 07079
category: community

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Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 2:00pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 2:00pm
Brook Arts Center
10 Hamilton Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805
category: music

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The Charlie Apicella Trio feat. Don Braden

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 3:00pm
Grunin Center
1 College Drive, Toms River, NJ 08754
category: music

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New Jersey Ballet presents "Cinderella"

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 1:30pm & 4:30pm
Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC)
100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960
category: dance

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Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 7:30pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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Zzak G. Applaud Our Kids Foundation Let Them Dream Big Concert

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 3:00pm
The Vogel
99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701
category: music

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Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 1:00pm
Historic Smithville
615 E Moss Mill Road, Absecon, NJ 08201
category: theatre

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Kentucky Fried Calamari

Sunday, May 22, 2022 @ 3:00pm
Avenel Performing Arts Center
150 Avenel Street, Avenel, NJ 07001
category: theatre

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The Capital Singers of Trenton Women’s Ensemble presents Light and Love

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 4:00pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
801 W State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618
category: music

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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Food for Thought: "Julia" Film Plus Supper Club and Discussion

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 6:00pm
Hopewell Theater
5 S. Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, NJ 08525
category: film

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 8:00pm
State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
category: music

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Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 @ 7:30pm
McCarter Theatre Center (Berlind Theater)
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540
category: theatre

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New Play Reading: "Brand New Day"

Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 7:30pm
Oakes Center
120 Morris Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901
category: theatre

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