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5th Annual Healing Arts Coalition Conference: “Growing Up Autism” at the Montclair Art Museum

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Dr. Gerard Costa, Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health

On November 21, the Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University Arts and Health Partnership sponsored the 5th Annual Healing Arts Coalition Conference: Growing Up Autism at the Montclair Art Museum. The free conference attracted over 150 people including family members of children and young adults on the autism spectrum as well as caregivers, art therapists, teaching artist, and mental health professionals.

Dr. Gerard Costa, founding Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health, spoke about the latest research in the fields of autism and neurodiversity. The other featured speakers were Dr. Chris Lynch (Psychologist, Goryeb Children’s Hospital), Madeleine Goldfarb (Executive Director, Noah’s Ark Institute), Danny Marian (Coordinator of Music Therapy, AHS), and Liz Seaton (Teaching Artist, Montclair Art Museum). Special guest Justin Canha, an accomplished artist who happens to be autistic, answered audience questions about his experiences as an artist and art instructor. You can see samples of Justin’s work here.

For more information about the Arts and Health Partnership please visit our webpage.

MSU/AHS Arts and Health Partnership Movement Workshop for Caregivers

DSCN1055Montclair State University and Atlantic Health System’s Arts and Health Partnership hosted a movement workshop led by award-winning choreographer Liz Lerman. The workshop was held on September 26 at Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ. Several MSU student dance majors served as assistants throughout the two-hour program.

The workshop was offered in conjunction with Peak Performances’s production of Healing Wars, which weaves narratives from the Civil War and modern wars, and includes several depictions of historical and present-day caregivers. Ms. Lerman built upon the concept of using movement to convey the caregiver’s story by inviting the twenty-two participants to infuse their own experiences into the guided movement exercises.

Liz Lerman’s biography states that a “key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics [...] resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others.” Liz Lerman was awarded a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award. She is the founder of Dance Exchange, an intergenerational dance company.

(Photo by Kathleen Reddington.)

Earl Mosley’s Hearts of Men Opens September 6

Hearts of Men is the culmination of a two-week intergenerational dance intensive for men ages 14 to 80 directed by Fredrick Earl Mosley on the MSU campus. Dances of community and inspiration are the fruits of this collaboration between men, young and not so young. Octogenarian Dudley Williams, a legendary principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, will be a featured guest artist.

Hearts of Men runs Saturday, September 6 at 7:30pm and Sunday, September 7 at 2:00pm. For tickets visit the Peak Performances box office website.

Check out this feature on Wired Jersey, Gentrix Shanga, producer – Hearts of Men: Choreographer Fredrick Earl Mosley.

Shanghai Theatre Academy and MSU College of the Arts Film Exchange

shanghaitheater_smallThis past July and August, film students from the Shanghai Theater Academy and Montclair State University’s College of the Arts collaborated on the short film Forever Shakespeare.

The project and the student filmmakers were featured in The Montclair Times (full article here) and Wired Jersey (featured story here).

Follow the link to view the documentary The Making of Forever Shakespeare.

Arts and Health Partnership June Events

The Montclair State University and Atlantic Health System Arts and Partnership finished its inaugural year with two on-campus events last month.

A closing event was held on June 6 in Kasser Theatre during a pre-show reception for the Peak Performances production of Liz Queler’s Still Will Be Heard. Daniel Gurskis (CART Dean), Joseph Trunfio (President/CEO, AHS), and William Neigher (Vice President of System Development, AHS) spoke about partnership accomplishments over the 2013-2014 academic year as well as current projects and future goals.

On June 17, the 2014 Healing Voices Literary Readings were held in the L. Howard Fox Theatre. Joan Cusack Handler (Publisher/Senior Editor, CavanKerry Press) hosted the evening that featured readings of original work written by the winners and participants of the 2014 Healing Voices Literary Contest.

2014 Healing Voices Literary Readings

Left to right: Maryanne Re (2nd Place, tie, AHS), Nancy Mendez-Booth (1st Place, MSU English Department), Joan Cusack Handler (Host, Senior Editor CavanKerry Press), Gina Carro (2nd place, tie, AHS), Lorie McDonald (3rd Place, AHS), Dayra Luz Perez (Participant, MSU Children’s Center), Lauren Medici (Healing Arts, AHS)

 

Nancy Mendez-Booth Named Winner of 2014 Healing Voices Literary Contest

Atlantic Health System and Montclair State University are proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Healing Voices Literary Contest. Earlier this year, faculty, staff and students of Montclair State University, along with Atlantic Health System employees, were invited to submit short written works centered on this year’s theme of gratitude. The following four winners were selected out of twenty-five entries of poetry and prose:

1st Place
“With Deepest Gratitude” by Nancy Mendez-Booth
Montclair State University, English Department
 
2nd Place (tie)
“Gratitude: Pass the Torch!” by Maryann Re
Atlantic Health System, Chilton Medical Center
 
“Thankful for a New Day” by Gina Carro
Atlantic Health System, Morristown Medical Center
 
3rd Place
“The Lifeline” by Lorie McDonald
Atlantic Health System, Overlook Medical Center
 

The Office of Education and Community Outreach for the College of the Arts congratulates all contestants, especially the eight MSU participants: Paige Briglia (student), Kristin Kelly (student), Sharon Lewis (English department), Dayra Luz Perez (Children’s Center), Danielle Rose Pino (student), Nicholas Samaras (English department), Alice Wright (Linguistics department), and first place winner Nancy Mendez-Booth (English department).

Ms. Mendez-Booth’s essay poignantly expresses the healing power of gratitude following a difficult personal loss. Her honest, reflective writing demonstrates the significant role the literary arts can play in physical and emotional recovery. Read “With Deepest Gratitude” by Nancy Mendez-Booth and all other contest entries here: Healing Voices Submitted Works

The Healing Voices Literary Readings will offer contest winners and participants an opportunity to share their writing in a public forum on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in the L. Howard Fox Theatre at 6:30pm. For more information, please contact Dania Ramos at ramosd@mail.montclair.edu

MSU Alum Donates Artwork to Polaris Project

Montclair State University’s College of the Arts (CART) recently facilitated the donation of artwork to the Newark offices of Polaris Project, an organization that combats against human trafficking in the United States and around the world. As part of its Arts and Health Initiatives, the Office of Education and Community Outreach (OECO) selected artist Kilolo Kumanyika, a graduate of the Art and Design program and current MSU staff member, to represent the university through her uplifting and healing paintings.

Ms. Kumanyika donated poster prints of two original acrylic paintings, “Mother and Child” and “Flower One,” which now hang in the center room of Polaris Project’s office space. Kilolo states that one of her artistic goals is to use her creative work as a therapeutic tool for at-risk populations. Her bright and soothing images (seen below) are the perfect fit for the comforting and positive atmosphere Polaris Project strives to maintain for its clients.

For more information about the Polaris Project and the important work they do nationally and abroad – including the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, policy advocacy, training and technical assistance, and client services – please visit their website: polarisproject.org

Mother and Child ©2012 Kilolo Kumanyika wm

Flower One ©2008 Kilolo Kumanyika wm

 

Andrea Strongwater’s “Where We Once Gathered” on Display in the Life Hall Exhibition Space

kristall_110713_mt_tif_Montclair State University’s College of the Arts, Office of Education and Community Outreach is sponsoring Where We Once Gathered: Lost Synagogues of Europe, an exhibit of print illustrations by Andrea Strongwater. The collection showcases renderings of structures destroyed by Nazi soldiers during Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass). Ms. Strongwater has also published two companion books for this project, Lost Synagogues of Europe and Lost Synagogues of Germany.

On the evening of November 11, the Office of Education and Community Outreach hosted the opening reception and book signing with Ms. Strongwater. Student news producers Nilay Patel and Sofia Chavez of WiredJersey were on hand to cover the event, which was included in MSU’s 9th Annual Diversity Week. Please use the link below to view the video.

Artist Spotlight: Andrea Strongwater | What was once Lost has been Recreated from WiredJersey.com.

Andrea Strongwater’s artwork will remain on display in the Life Hall Exhibition Space through the end of the December as part of Montclair State’s Kristallnacht Commemorative Program.

The Life Hall Exhibition Space is free and open to the public. Hours are 8:30am-4:30pm.

Montclair State University and Atlantic Health System Arts and Health Partnership Launch

Montclair State University and Atlantic Health System are proud to announce their new Arts and Health Partnership, which was officially launched on September 26, 2013 in the George Segal Art Gallery.

President Susan A. Cole, Dean Daniel Gurskis (College of the Arts), and Dr. William Neigher (Vice President of Atlantic Health System) attended the event and spoke about the vision of this unique professional collaboration. The goals of the partnership include enabling research and publication, providing a forum for performance and exhibitions, training students and professionals in the areas of arts, health, and medical humanities education.

To view a student-produced news feature about the event, visit WiredJersey. (Nilay Patel: Photographer, Renato Peralta: Video, Stephanie Giang: Producer/Editor. Video provided by School of Communication and Media students in the News Production Lab class at MSU under the direction of Steve McCarthy.)

MSU President Susan Cole

MSU President Susan Cole

Dr. William Neigher (Atlantic Health System)

Jed Wheeler  (MSU, Arts and Cultural Programming),  Brian Dallow  (Music for All Seasons) and  Dean Daniel Gurskis  (College of the Arts)

Jed Wheeler (MSU, Arts and Cultural Programming)
Brian Dallow (Music for All Seasons)
Dean Daniel Gurskis (College of the Arts)

Maria Lupo  (Atlantic Health System) and  Stephanie Giang  (MSU Student)

Maria Lupo (Atlantic Health System)
with Stephanie Giang (MSU Student)

Robert Cart (MSU, Cali School Music) MSU Provost Willard Gingerich Brian Abrams (MSU, Cali School Music)

Robert Cart (MSU, Cali School Music)
Provost Willard Gingerich
Brian Abrams (MSU, Cali School Music)

Neil Baldwin  (Creative Research Center),  Nancy Lushington  (Theatre and Dance),  Lori Katterhenry  (Theatre and Dance)

Neil Baldwin (MSU, Creative Research Center)
Nancy Lushington (MSU, Theatre and Dance)
Lori Katterhenry (MSU, Theatre and Dance)

Kathleen Reddington (MSU) Donna Reed Zaleski  (Carrier Clinic) and  Madeline Goldfarb (Noah's Ark)

Kathleen Reddington (MSU, College of the Arts)
Donna Reed Zaleski (Carrier Clinic)
Karen Pinzolo (ArtPride NJ Foundation)

Marie Sparks (MSU, College of the Arts)
Kathy Smith (Partners for Health)

The partnership’s next event is the “4th Annual Arts in Healing Coalition Conference: Alzheimer’s, Aging and the Creative Arts,” which will include art therapy, music therapy, movement and storytelling. The program will take place on November 8, 2013 from 9:30am to 3:30pm at the Montclair Art Museum, Leir Hall, 3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. This conference is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is required; register now.

2013 Theatre Night Awards Ceremony

More than five hundred people attended the fifth annual MSU Theatre Night Awards (TNA) ceremony on Friday, April 26 at 7:00pm. Fifty schools were represented at the event where twenty-one high schools and one middle school were honored for outstanding achievement in twenty-eight categories. Laura Rokoszak of North Highland Regional High School was announced as the recipient of the JoAnne Fox Award, which recognizes a top New Jersey theatre educator.

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The event included performances by cast members from the following TNA-nominated productions: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Morristown Beard School), Lend Me a Tenor (Saddle River Day School), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Montgomery High School), Amadeus (Ocean County Performing Arts Academy), The Madness of George III (Bergen County Academies), Lost in Yonkers (West Orange High School), The Skin of Our Teeth (Bloomfield High School), Radium Girls (Mater Dei Prep), Anon(ymous) (Princeton Day School) and A Christmas Carol (Hillsborough High School).

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The awards were presented by Mitch Dana, Beth Wittig, Leon Dobkowski, Allegra Cohen, Adam Chanler-Berat, Tracey Lee, Sarah Galli, J. Allen Suddeth, Kevin Kilner, Colleen Finnegan, Susan Kerner, Keelay Gipson, Brette Goldstein, John Cariani, Ashley Everage, Kevin Kittle, Greg Perri and Darrell Larson. Four theatre educators – Daniel Devlin, Laura Rokoszak, Susan Spiedel and Ron Wells – served as Masters of Ceremonies. The evening was produced by Susan Kerner, Katie Renn and Scott Baird.

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2013 THEATRE NIGHT AWARDS WINNERS

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design
Morristown Beard High School, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Outstanding Achievement in Properties Design
Montgomery High School, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design
Rumson Fair Haven High School, A Christmas Carol

Outstanding Achievement in Scenic Design
Arthur L. Johnson High School, Crimes of the Heart

Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects
Governor Livingston High School, Panic on the Radio

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
Morris County Academy for Visual and Performing Arts, Journey to the West

Outstanding Achievement in Stage Crew
Sayreville War Memorial High School, Sold My Soul for Rock and Roll

Outstanding Achievement in Live Music
Cedar Grove High School, The Last Cyclist

Outstanding Achievement in Stage Direction
Stan CahillPrinceton Day School, Anon(ymous)

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast
Princeton Day School, Anon(ymous)

Outstanding Production of a Comedy
Bloomfield High School, The Skin of Our Teeth

Outstanding Production of a Drama
Ocean County Performing Arts Academy, Amadeus

Outstanding Production of a Classical Work
JP Stevens High School, The Tempest

Outstanding Production of a New Work
Bergen County Academies, Madeline J. Small is Getting Smaller

Outstanding Overall Production of a High School Play
Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School, A Christmas Carol

Outstanding Production of a Middle School Play
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, The Hobbit

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy
Cameron Chuback - Saddle River day School, Lend Me a Tenor

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy
Marissa Salway – Cranford High School, Pride and Prejudice

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
Philip Anastassiou – Bergen County Academies, The Madness of George III

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Drama
Nadia David – Ocean County Performing Arts Academy, Amadeus

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Classical Work
Steve Silvestri - JP Stevens High School, The Tempest

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Classical Work
Alexa Rojek – Morristown Beard High School, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Comedy
Ben Gelber – Cranford High School, Pride and Prejudice

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Comedy
Austin Bommer – Columbia High School, You Can’t Take it With You

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama
Joey Maher – Mater Dei Prep, Radium Girls

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama
Julia Linger – The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, The Miracle Worker

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Classical Work
Sam Norrie – Montclair High School, Love’s Labour’s Lost

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Classical Work
Kira Player – Pascack Valley High School, Romeo and Juliet

The JoAnne Fox Award
Laura Rokoszak, Northern Highlands Regional High School