Monday, April 22, 2019

Terrific Table Talk at Morris Arts’ unique “Great Conversations” Event

WHEN: 6-9:30pm on May 1, 2019. Attendees can talk with all the “hosts” at the 6:00pm reception leading to the 7:15pm dinner where guests can converse in more depth with a specific host selected in advance.  
Birchwood Manor, 111 N Jefferson Rd., Whippany
This very popular event fills up quickly so be sure to buy your tickets early, available online at
Visit to find out more about the host conversationalists and to purchase tickets for this special event.

Join Morris Arts for the 11th Anniversary of its fabulous Great Conversations gala,  co-chaired by Morris Arts’ board members Frank Vitolo and Stephen Aluotto.

Discover the many pleasures of live conversation at GREAT CONVERSATIONS, a unique evening of dinner and engaging dialogue with celebrated hosts from the arts, media, tech, sciences, healthcare, public service, sports, industry and more.

Mingle with host Conversationalists during the cocktail hour and then dine with such luminaries as a concert promoter for the likes of Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney, a celebrated novelist, an acclaimed visual artist, a visionary architect, the prop designer for Broadway shows and Shakespeare in the Park, an expert in climate adaptation/economic geography, a basketball commentator (and former pro player), or other similarly fascinating and accomplished individuals.

Each dinner table will feature a host Conversationalist whose unique experiences, life story and achievements will catalyze intriguing conversations.

Learn about their work, their thoughts on the world, their insights into their fields, and the experiences that shaped their lives. How did they get to where they are now? What lessons can they impart? This is an evening to exchange ideas and savor the pleasures of live encounters.  You may be surprised by what you discover.

Proceeds from Great Conversations help to support the many programs and services provided by Morris Arts.  Often accomplished “behind the scenes,” Morris Arts’ work serves hundreds of thousands of people each year – with arts in education programs, arts programming in the community, grants, scholarships, advocacy, innovative community-building/creative placemaking events and support for artists and arts organizations. These efforts are critical to enriching and improving the quality of life in the broader community.  Come and savor the art of live conversation, meet some extraordinary individuals and help a truly worthy organization give back to its community.

Morris Arts gratefully acknowledges the generosity of our sponsors: Encore: Allergan; Bayer; Crum & Forster; Hackensack Meridian Health; MCM Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley; NJ Advance Media providing services for & The Star-Ledger; NJTV; PwC; ROI-NJ;  Green Room: Delta Dental of New Jersey;  Ovation: BASF; Finn Partners; Mondelēz International; Pfizer; Quest Diagnostics; Applause: The Avis Budget Charitable Foundation; Delta Dental of New Jersey; JWeber Creative; MetLife; Morristown Medical Center; Star: JLL; Kings Food Markets; NK Architects; Normandy Real Estate Partners;  Riker Danzig;  Sherman Wells Sylvester & Stamelman.

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the schools and in the community, arts advocacy, creative placemaking and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has awarded the Morris Arts a “Citation of Excellence” and designated it as a “Major Service Organization” in recognition of its “solid history of service excellence, substantial activity and broad public service.”