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Art Center Receives Grant from New Jersey Council for the Humanities

(SUMMIT, NJ) --The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities for use in funding public programming in support of the Art Center’s fall 2021 exhibition, The First Water Is the Body. The exhibition, which will open October 9, will feature work by contemporary female Indigenous artists and makers from North America and will explore ideas of reciprocity and accountability to place, lands, and waters. The exhibition’s guest curator is Maria Hupfield, an artist and educator who is Anishnaabek of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario, Canada.


Passaic County Arts Center Hosts Art Exhibits Throughout The Summer

(HAWTHORNE, NJ) -- The Passaic County Arts Center at the John W. Rea House presents Goffle Brook Park: A Wellspring of Creativity, Journeys by Michael Gabriel, and Watercolors by Christine Calandra. The exhibits are currently on view and will run through September 5, 2021. Each exhibit will feature local artists; including those whose artistic expressions depict Goffle Brook Park in various stages of development and/or locations along the park’s 103 acres. 


Nina Cooke John's Design Chosen For Harriet Tubman Monument In Newark

(NEWARK, NJ) -- Nina Cooke John’s design for the Harriet Tubman monument has been chosen to replace a statue of Christopher Columbus, which was removed last summer in Washington Park. The park and the surrounding area that includes the Newark Museum of Art and Newark Public Library will be renamed Tubman Square in honor of the pioneering abolitionist, during the summer of 2022, when the new monument will be installed.


The Arts Council of Princeton partners with Princeton Shopping Center to 
Create Series of New Murals this Summer

(PRINCETON, NJ) --  The Arts Council of Princeton (ACP) and Princeton Shopping Center have announced a new series of murals as part of a new public art initiative for the outdoor courtyard located at 301 N. Harrison Street in Princeton.


The Ellarslie Open Returns to the Trenton City Museum

(TRENTON, NJ) -- The Ellarslie Open will return to the Trenton City Museum June 26 with its largest exhibition to date. Sidelined in 2020 by the pandemic, the Museum’s annual juried show will fill five galleries with 137 artworks of varying styles in categories from paintings and sculpture to digital and fiber arts. It will remain on view in person and online through October 3, 2021.

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FEATURES

Fifty-one Years in the Making: Peters Valley Is Back

Enrolling in a workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft was like taking a journey back in time. You could have an immersion experience studying, say, blacksmithing, ceramics or weaving, living communally in the historic village of Bevans in Layton, N.J.


Jumping Across the Chasm -- Perkins Center for the Arts

An arts center – especially one with two locations – has a lot of moving parts. Perkins Center for the Arts is a perfect example. Just follow the link to the website, and the home page banner will provide a glimpse of what the art center offers. Education. Events. Exhibitions. Folklife Center. And those are just the bullet points.


On the Street and in the Studio with LNY

Layqa Nuna Yawar is an artist based in Newark, NJ, known internationally for his large-scale, community-based murals. His work often centers the complex narratives of BIPOC communities throughout the world. We recently visited Layqua in his studio to hear the tale of this multidisciplinary storyteller.


Operating Without Walls While Building Anew at Princeton University Art Museum

When museums that closed their doors during the pandemic re-open, the Princeton University Art Museum will not be among them. In 2018, the thriving institution announced that Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, in collaboration with executive architects Cooper Robertson, would be designing “a bold and welcoming new museum.”


A Hero for These Times - Camden Comic Con Goes Virtual

There's never been a better time for a superhero. Luckily, Camden Comic Con is here to save the day. Started at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts in 2014, this celebration of all things graphic, illustrated, and heroic is going virtual this year due to the pandemic, but its powers remain strong. Jesse and Dave talk to some of the organizers behind this increasingly popular event to find out how this year's convention came together.

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