Friday, July 31, 2020

Opening Weekend of LIVING TOGETHER // New Works by Francesca Reyes & Max Budnick

Greetings, friends, artists, and supporters!!

We can't believe how quickly this past month has gone by! It's been amazing to have reopened our doors and to have guests back in the gallery enjoying artwork by artists we adore. WAITING FOR SUNSHINE,” featuring new works by Rebecca Johnson & Macauley Norman was such a gorgeous show and was a much needed respite from the intensely transformative times that have characterized 2020 thus far. So many visitors remarked on the healing and therapeutic value of the show and we're so grateful that Rebecca & Macauley brought us their beautifully impactful works and that our community responded with so much admiration and appreciation. Available works from their show can be viewed here. Our opening and closing weekends, in addition to the weeks in between, went so smoothly, with guests respecting our capacity limitations, 6 feet of social distancing and mask wearing requests.

We're now readying the gallery for a brand new exhibition, "LIVING TOGETHER," featuring ceramics, drawings, and paintings by Philadelphia-based artists Francesca Reyes and Max Budnick. Nearly every piece in the show is a collaborative one and the results are exquisite. Both artists have shown with us before—in fact, Francesca last showed in our all woman group exhibition beside Rebecca Johnson in March and Max last showed beside Macauley a little over a year ago.

LIVING TOGETHERopens this coming weekend and the safety of our guests remains our top priority. We've once again made the opening a two-day event so that we can accommodate shorter visits and less visitors in the gallery at a time. The exhibition will be open for viewing on:

WHEN: Saturday, August 1st from 2-11pm & Sunday, August 2nd from 2-8pm.
WHERE: DEEP SPACE GALLERY, 77 Cornelison Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07304

While walk-ins are welcome, those with reservations will be prioritized. Only 6 people are permitted in the gallery at a time and for a duration of a half hour. All guests must wear a face mask and respect safe social distancing (6 feet) of those outside of their "quarantine pod." We will have several hand sanitizing stations throughout the space and we ask that you utilize them. 

We are asking everyone to please reply to this email with the date and time that you would like to come and see the show. If you can't make it this weekend, no worries, the gallery will be open every day and evening by appointment, both on weekdays and weekends. Also, if you are feeling at all ill, please stay home and take care of yourself. There will be many opportunities to see this show and all works will be viewable and purchasable online. 

Both Francesca and Max will be on the premises to greet you and speak with you about their work. They have been looking forward to this exhibition for quite a while. See the description of their process below.

"Through a body of collaborative paintings, drawings, and ceramics, Living Together invites you into a series of shared spaces. It is a glimpse inward, a small window into our home, our workplace, and our studio. A world of hodgepodge table tops, paper flowers, and planters built like houses. We are attempting to create moments of rest in uncertainty. By working together we are able to appreciate the places where we spend time in a new way, and honor how they are shared. In turn we welcome viewers to further recognize and cherish the spaces they take up both alone and together."

About the artists: 

Max Budnick and Francesca Reyes are Philadelphia based artists with a passion for art and teaching. Francesca is a Lower School teacher, and Max is the Technical Theater Director at Friends Select School. They have been developing their individual studio practices since graduating from Tyler School of Art in 2015. This is their first time working collaboratively. They are excited to share this new body of collaborative work.

For a catalog of available works, presale opportunities, or for any questions, email us at

See you this weekend!


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The JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL Presents A Virtual Play Reading of

by Rashida Costa
Directed by Van Dirk Fisher

WHEN: Sunday, August 2nd at 8PM EDT.
Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar:
DONATION: $15.00 to benefit the Riant Theatre.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Set in the South in 1945 after WWII, Wray Edmond, a Black soldier returns home in pursuit of a better life for his family and purchases a Casino after being denied the benefits of the G.I. Bill.

The cast includes: RUDOLPH SHAW as Wray Edmond, RASHIDA COSTA as Juanita Edmond, AMIR ROYALE as Sunny Edmond, HENRY DAVIS as Edison Brown, HELEN SANDERS as Grandma May, ARTHUR BROWN as Mr. Hughes and SHARON HOPE as IDA.

There will be a TALK BACK afterwards with the Playwright and Cast after the reading. Van Dirk Fisher, Founder & Artistic Director of the Riant Theatre and producer of the JOCUNDA MUSIC, FILM & THEATRE FESTIVAL will be the moderator.

Broadway World Article: THE BREAKING POINT by Karen Brown Tackles the Subject of Mental Health

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75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Bombings — Join the LIVE Conversation

Explore Our Nation's Past
Discover the people and events that help document the American story.
This weekend, we'll mark the upcoming 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, with a series of programs.

Join us again Thursday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 9, as we continue anniversary programming with LIVE co-productions with Washington Journal. Full program details are below.

The Spirit of Hiroshima
on Reel America®

WHEN: 10 pm ET Saturday, 4 pm ET Sunday

Watch a preview.

On Aug. 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, instantly killing more than 100,000 of the roughly 300,000 residents. Injuries and deaths from radiation haunted the city for decades. "The Spirit of Hiroshima" is a documentary produced for the 50th anniversary of the bombings and features the stories of survivors — and of a young family in Hiroshima trying to make sense of those events.

“The schoolchildren and I had been working in the building about 10 minutes when a sudden flash of light made me think there was a bomb in the building … The image of those students will never leave me — running over to me with their hair all wild, hollow and dirty faces, helplessly waving their arms at me. That scene later led me to make a painting, called Scream.” —TSUTOMU MASUDA

Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibit
on American Artifacts®

WHEN: 6 pm and 10 pm ET Sunday

Peter Kuznick gives a tour of an exhibit marking the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The exhibit was created in cooperation with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and the American University Museum. The exhibit included artifacts from the ruins, photographs, drawings by surviving children, and six large folding screen paintings by Japanese artists Ira and Toshi Maruki.   Watch a preview.

Eugene DiSabatino – National World War II Museum 
on Oral Histories

WHEN: 10:55 pm ET Saturday, 4:55 pm ET Sunday

To mark the upcoming 75th anniversary of the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan, we feature a 2012 oral history recorded by the National World War II Museum. Army veteran Eugene DiSabatino talks about his assignment to the Manhattan Project, including being stationed at Los Alamos and accompanying the second bomb to Japan. The National World War II Museum provided the video.   Watch a preview.

Next Week: Two Washington Journal Co-Productions on the 75th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

WHEN: LIVE at 8 am ET Thursday, Aug. 6 (C-SPAN) and LIVE at 9 am ET Sunday, Aug. 9 (C-SPAN and C-SPAN3)

Japanese Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s unconditional surrender on Aug. 15, 1945, after the Aug. 6 and 9 bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The formal surrender ceremony took place Sept. 2 aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II.  Watch a preview.

American History TV and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal will be LIVE to look at the strategic situation in World War II’s Pacific theater leading up to the bombings, President Harry Truman’s decision to use the new weapon and the impact of these atom bombs.

On Thursday, August 6, we’ll be LIVE from 8 am to 10 am ET on C-SPAN. Guests include Ian Toll, author of Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945, and President Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel. And then, on Sunday, Aug. 9, we’ll be LIVE on C-SPAN and C-SPAN3 from 9 am to 10 am ET. Guests on both programs will respond to viewer calls and tweets. 

American History TV in Prime Time

Join American History TV in prime time next week. Tune in every night starting at 8 pm ET.

Monday Korean War Oral Histories
The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, and ended with an armistice agreement in July 1953. On a night of oral histories with Korean War veterans, we begin with Carl House, who recounts his part in the amphibious landing at Inchon, a victory for U.N. forces which turned the tide early in the war. He also talks about the surprise Chinese counterattack and intense combat at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, where he was captured, and details the squalid conditions and suffering he endured as a prisoner of the Chinese. The Korean War Legacy Foundation conducted this 2014 interview in Louisville, Kentucky.

Tuesday Reel America Police Training Films
American History TV's Reel America series features archival films that provide context for today's public affairs issues. On this night, we'll show four police training films. First up is "Mob and Riot Control" from 1964, a film that addresses how to use batons, smoke and tear gas to subdue civil unrest. After that, we'll present an orientation film for new police officers from 1965 — "A Great and Honorable Duty." Since tear gas has been in the news lately, we'll then show "Tear Gas in Law Enforcement," a 1962 training film describing what it's made of and how to use it correctly. And, finally, a more recent Justice Department film from 1993, "Use of Force Model," presents guidelines for when to use force when confronting a group of unruly protesters.

WednesdayManhattan Project
In a talk hosted by the Smithsonian Associates, Martin Sherwin talks about World War II's secret Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Mr. Sherwin is the co-author of A World Destroyed: Hiroshima and Its Legacies, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, about the physicist who was one of the leaders of America's wartime nuclear efforts.   

ThursdayHiroshima, Nagasaki & End of World War II
We'll re-air our morning co-production with Washington Journal.

FridayHiroshima, Nagasaki & End of World War II
We'll air an encore presentation of "The Spirit of Hiroshima" on Reel America.

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State Theatre New Jersey Program Update

Online Culture FixGet Your Culture Fix Online!
Check out our Online Culture Fix webpage for arts related activities for you and your family, including videos, podcasts, trivia, games, playlists, crafts, and more!

Play at HomePlay at Home
State Theatre is proud to be part of a new online theater project called Play at Homea collaboration between theaters from across the country as a response to the changing landscape of the performing arts during this crisis. As a part of this collaboration, State Theatre has micro-commissioned playwrights/creators to write a short 10-minute play.

These plays are free to download and perfect for families or small groups of people to perform together at home. We hope that you and your family will pick a play to produce from your living rooms and share your performance with us online with #PlayAtHome.

New Brunswick Heart FestivalNew Brunswick Heart Festival
Presented by State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick Cultural Center, NBPAC, and Above Art Studios
Sat, August 15, from 3pm-7pm

The New Brunswick Heart Festival was created to celebrate the vibrant arts and history that New Brunswick and the County of Middlesex have to offer! The online festivities will include music, dance, and spoken word performances; a behind-the-scenes look inside the local theater and visual arts scene; a close-up of Middlesex County’s history; interviews with artists; craft-making activities; and a special State Theatre-presented performance by bilingual children's musicians, 123 AndrĂ©s! A complete line-up of events will be announced soon.

Tips for Creating an Indoor Garden with Tovah Martin

Houseplants Anyone Can Grow, Part III with Tovah Martin

In part III of a special series created for Greenwood Gardens, Tovah Martin, the delightful “Queen of Green” horticulturalist and award-winning author of The Indestructible Houseplant: 200 Beautiful Plants that Everyone Can Grow, shares ideas for designing a comforting and delightful indoor garden.

When you design a garden outdoors, you think about all the components—including color interplay and textural dialogues. Why not take the same concepts and translate them indoors? Whether you're working with one plant, multiples, or a single stand-alone specimen, thoughtfully designing your indoor garden makes all the difference. And there's no need to hunt up plants from a specialty nursery, especially now that travel is difficult or impossible. Go with what you've got to compose a scene such as this combination of Cordyline 'Red Star', Carex 'Toffee Twist,' and Croton. A well-placed cat also comes in handy.

Multiples make a statement. You know that it's true in the garden outside, why not try it indoors as well? I am immensely fond of ornamental grasses—especially Carex. So I couldn't resist creating a little savanna inside over the winter. Not only does my waterfall of Carex 'Frosted Curls' flow like a soft waterfall, but Einstein the kitty (above) loves nothing more than to walk by and give the grass plumes a swat with his paw. Confession: I also cannot resist running my fingers through the Carex. When the weather warms up, I'll use these as components in outdoor containers.

From rugs to upholstery, texture is key to your environment and plants can be part of that statement. Tiny trees say so much indoors. They create a sense of a park and remind you of hiking trails when you can't go outside. One of the easiest evergreens to host indoors is the lemon cypress, Cupresses macrocarpa 'Lemon Yellow'. No need to invest in a large plant--the smallest sprig will eventually gain size. And this is the epitome of an Indestructible Houseplant. It doesn't pout even when you forget to water. Give it a great container, and you've got natural sculpture.

In her constant, undying pursuit of all things garden-related, Tovah Martin gets her hands dirty both outside and indoors. She is a perennial, heirloom, vegetable and cottage gardener of fanatical proportions, award-winning author, and is accredited with NOFA as an Organic Land Care Professional. This passion for gardening led her to author over a dozen books, including her most recent, Gold Medal award-winning, The Garden in Every Sense and Season (Timber Press, 2018).

Photograph of Tovah by Kindra Clineff. Plant photographs by Tovah Martin.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE Expands Collaboration to Streamline Online Audition Process During Ongoing Pandemic

Musical Theater Common Prescreen (MTCP)

For the full list of participating institutions, visit
If you are an institution that would like to join the MTCP initiative, please contact Stephen Agosto, Senior Manager of Artistic Engagement at

Paper Mill Playhouse announces the renewal of the Musical Theater Common Prescreen (MTCP) for the 2020-2021 cycle of collegiate auditions as the current health crises makes in-person auditions less viable and the expense of separate submissions a burden for many.  The initiative, introduced last year in collaboration with online arts application and audition platform Acceptd, streamlines the admission and audition process for the participating institutions.

Paper Mill’s Stephen Agosto, Senior Manager of Artistic Engagement, who organized and drafted the initiative said, “Colleges had been creating school-specific guidelines that left students to create dozens of individual song, monologue, and dance media files. The MTCP takes the stress out of the process for students and allows for a more level playing field when it comes to admittance.”

Paper Mill’s Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee added, “We knew we had the capacity to positively impact these college applicants. The promotion of arts education and supporting the greater musical theater community as core to our mission gave us the motivation to facilitate these conversations with universities nationally. Our hope is that this momentum will be one part of providing a more inclusive process among collegiate musical theater programs.”

Kaitlin Hopkins, Head of Musical Theatre, at Texas State stated, “Texas State University’s musical theatre program was thrilled when the Common Prescreen came along. The simplification for the students being able to prepare fewer auditions videos, and how it also streamlines the process from our end has been such a help to the overall audition process.”

The Musical Theater Common Prescreen currently has 55 participating Colleges and Universities and the list is growing rapidly. Schools have until October 1, 2020, to register.  Returning programs include Baldwin Wallace University, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Carnegie Mellon University, College-Conservatory of Music at The University of Cincinnati, Florida State University, Pace University School of Performing Arts, Penn State Musical Theatre, Shenandoah Conservatory and Texas State University. For this current audition cycle, the MTCP added The University of Arizona, The University of New Hampshire, The Hartt School at University of Hartford and Nazareth College.

When asked what was next for the MTCP program, Agosto said, “We are in a pivotal place and time when it comes to the Musical Theater industry. We aren’t done until we have exhausted every imaginable option to provide equality in collegiate admittance. We will continue to discuss this process and influence change so that excellent training is available to people of all experiences.”

Paper Mill Playhouse Education & Outreach are generously sponsored by The Goren Family & the Harmony Helper App.

PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE, a not-for-profit arts organization under the direction of Mark S. Hoebee (Producing Artistic Director) and Michael Stotts (Managing Director) and recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, is one of the country's leading regional theaters. In addition, Paper Mill Playhouse is the home of a nationally recognized center for musical theater education and artist training with outreach programs that impact thousands of students each year. Paper Mill Playhouse programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Paper Mill Playhouse is a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Council of Stock Theatres, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Acceptd is the premiere digital tool created for arts organizations to streamline the application, audition, and recruitment process. Acceptd partners with over 600 organizations around the globe each year to optimize their application process, enable online auditions and connect with talent.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Road Scholar Announces New “Adventures Online”

Road Scholar

The Next Best Thing to Being There

Are you missing learning, adventure and friendship with Road Scholar? If you are, we invite you to join us on a new journey of discovery — one you can take from the comfort of your home. Introducing Road Scholar’s “Adventures Online.”

Led by expert instructors, you’ll enter an immersive world of learning with a small group of new friends. These week-long programs include lectures, videos, performances, discussions, social hours and will truly re-create the Road Scholar experience online.

If you have never tried an experience like this, we think you’ll be amazed and inspired by Road Scholar’s “Adventures Online.”  Click images or titles for more information.

Explore “Adventures Online”

The Art & History of Paris

Join us live from the City of Light — from the comfort of your own home! Embark on an online adventure to explore famous museums and landmarks and enjoy Q&A sessions with our experts.  Learn more

Discover Expert Insights into London Theater

Immerse yourself in the history and practice of theater with expert Giles Ramsay during a week-long virtual course that brings London’s vibrant theater scene right into your home.  Learn more

Click or tap to playExperience Three Operas With a Renowned Expert

Fill your home with lovely music and enjoy three operas by famous theater companies as well as discussions with an expert and fellow enthusiasts. Take virtual learning to a new level!  Learn more

Support Future Program Development

The development of new programs like these would not be possible without contributions from our generous donors. Help support not-for-profit Road Scholar’s mission of lifelong learning by making a donation.   Make a donation →

Shakespeare Plus: Directing Shakespeare, summer streaming, and a new quiz

Scene from Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre

Directing Shakespeare

There are countless ways directors can shape Shakespeare to make his works their own, as directors Laura Gordon and Vivienne Benesch (who directed Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre) share in this interview.

Listen to the Podcast

Keith Hamilton Cobb. Photo by Nina Wurtzel

The Irony of the American Moor

American Moor playwright and actor Keith Hamilton Cobb writes about speaking back to Shakespeare, White American Theater, and frameworks of privilege, as he shares experiences of performing his one-man play.

Read the Blog Post

Shakespeare Lightning Round

What’s your favorite Shakespeare play? Best disguise in Shakespeare? Most overrated Shakespeare play? Tune in on Instagram Live for a fun, fast-paced, Shakespearean chat show. We ask our guests 30 lightning-fast questions about their favorite—and least favorite—things about the Bard.

Here are our next two lightning rounds:

Vivienne BeneschWed, Jul 22, 5 pm ET
Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina; director of Love's Labor's Lost at Folger Theatre in 2019

Tana WojczukWed, Aug 5, 5 pm ET
Guernica senior nonfiction editor and author of Lady Romeo: The Radical, Revolutionary Life of Charlotte Cushman, America’s First Celebrity.

Clockwise from top-right: Nate Burger, Melisa Pereya, Gavin Lawrence, and Kelsey Brennan in American Players Theatre’s “As You Like It.Summer Streaming

We’ve gathered a wealth of online performances, conversations, and programs from the Folger’s theater partners that you can check out in July and August.

See Our Guide

Julia Marlowe as Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, 1888. Folger Shakespeare Library.'What's in a Name?'

“O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” But what comes next? See if you can correctly order the lines of Juliet's famous balcony speech.

Take the Quiz

Hamnet book coverExcerpt: Hamnet

Read an excerpt from Hamnet, a new novel by Maggie O'Farrell that imagines the life of William Shakespeare’s only son, who died in 1596 at the age of 11.

Read the Excerpt


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WHEN: May 17 to August 30, 2020. Gallery Hours: 24/7, seven days a week
Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Ave. Montclair, NJ

As proof that Studio Montclair, Inc. never sleeps, we are delighted to announce an around-the-clock, in-person viewing opportunity that still respects the need for social distancing. This “InSide Out” exhibit is updated to feature the work of five innovative new artists in the windows of Studio Montclair Gallery, 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ. Their work provides much-needed creative invigoration to the town of Montclair from mid-July through August 30.

According to Studio Montclair Executive Director Susanna Baker, “It is wonderful to see phase two of inSide Out installed, the artwork continues to be exciting and thought-provoking. We are happy to collaborate with Fresh Air Montclair, and hope we are one of your stops as you visit the art displayed throughout the town of Montclair.”


Peter Allen - Wood and Clay Sculpture of 2020

Since 1990, Allen has worked in his Harding Township, NJ studio with a variety of mediums and subjects, including oil paintings that combine figure and landscape; works on paper; sculpture in bronze, clay, steel, and stone; and installations. During a 40-year career he has focused on discovering new art methods and practices and has worked as a curator and instructor. The installation for this exhibit consists of ceramic and wood sculptures. The wood has been collected over a period of 5 to 10 years and is used to build an environment for his ceramic sculptures.

Lisa Hirkaler -  Pieta

Fascinated by the convergence of perception and expression, Hirkaler focuses in her work on the boundaries between external habitat and internal landscape. With a strong grounding in fiber arts, she recently began diving more deeply into her own practice in traditional arts. Oil painting offers her a vehicle for meditative expression and a place to play with processes.

Armisey Smith -  Side-eye, Pink-eye

Armisey Smith, a native of Brooklyn, NY, received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design and an MPS in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the tri-state area and she has been the lead artist on several public art mural projects in New Jersey. In addition, she is an arts educator, illustrator, and curator. Smith’s series “Side-eye, Pink-eye” discusses and illuminates her frustration with the cavalier attitudes regarding Covid-19 and racial inequality. Says Smith, “This series confronts the inability of the establishment to recognize the systematic oppression of people of color on all levels.”

Soussen - Concrete Tapestry

According to artist Soussen, “As moody as my works are during their production, they are equally unpretentious once they’re finished.” Digital or analog, Soussen’s work can be “experienced.” She is a self-educated artist whose current focus is concrete tapestries--work that incorporates cement, marble dust, and lime putty. Her use of augmented reality adds an innovative means of expression and an extra twist.

Peter Tilgner - Moon Flowers

Tilgner’s photographic work has been exhibited in over 70 exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He has also curated exhibitions for the City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ; the “Cuba Today Through the Eyes Of Eleven Photographers” exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Monmouth, NJ, and the LCJ Gallery, Rutgers Center for Law & Justice. Says Tilgner, “As a photographic artist I aim to create new visions of what is possible by merging digital images employing PhotoShop technology.” His Moon Flower series was created from a collection of images photographed at the New York and New Jersey Botanical Gardens and the thermal pools of Yellowstone National Park.

Juror: Elie Porter Trubert

Elie Porter Trubert has been the Executive Director of The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster since 2011 and previously ran the development departments at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey and the Hunterdon Art Museum. She has a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College, studied at Tyler School of Art in Rome, and participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in New York. A New Jersey native, she lives and makes art in Lebanon Township.

About Fresh Air Montclair Exhibitions:
Studio Montclair is collaborating with Fresh Air Montclair Exhibitions, a joint project between Clerestory Fine Art, 73 See Gallery and Design Studio and the Montclair Center BID.  It hopes to activate Montclair's sidewalks with engaging, informative and stimulating works of art and encourage use and enjoyment of the commercial district.

About Studio Montclair: Studio Montclair is an inclusive, nationwide non-profit organization of exhibiting, professional and emerging artists and others interested in the visual arts. The mission of the organization is to promote culture, education, equality, and tolerance through art. Studio Montclair is committed to diversity at every level. Founded in 1997, the organization includes over 500 members from around the United States, as well as Europe and Asia.

For more information, contact, or call 862-500-1447.

The latest #MuseumFromHome content for you to enjoy!

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MAM Conversations series

MAM Conversations presented by the Babson Lecture Series

Closed captioning is provided for the MAM Conversations series.

Upcoming Artists:

  • July 30Vik Muniz
  • August 6Duane Michals
  • August 13Scholastic National Winners from the Northern New Jersey Region
  • August 20Vanessa German
  • August 27Cara Romero

Virtual Art in Bloom exhibition

Virtual Art in Bloom exhibition

Despite the postponement of this past spring's festivities, MAM is thrilled to bring the Art in Bloom floral exhibition to you virtually. Challenged to work at home, the floral designers have created ambitious and imaginative designs in response to MAM’s exhibitions.

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MAM SummerART Online camps & classes

SummerART Online Camps & Classes

MAM’s Award-winning SummerART camp for kids, and classes for teens and adults is back and registration is now open! The high-quality, engaging, personal experiences you know and love at MAM is taking place ONLINE and every student will receive a Creativity Kit with supplies.

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MAM Cyber Studio: Flowers in Bubbles Bracelets

Create your own wearable artwork inspired by work in MAM's collection with at educator Catherine Pezo.

Virtual Tours

MAM is excited to announce the launch of Virtual Tours. Utilizing Matterport 3D technology these interactive, docent-led tours, are the next best thing to actually being in the galleries.

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Virtual Events with Cecily Brown and Others @ THE MET

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Met Anywhere: Virtual Events (Click images and titles for more information)

Image of Gerhard Richter's oil painting titled Ice, depicting pale blue icebergs floating against grey water and grey sky


Artists on Artworks—Cecily Brown on Gerhard Richter

The artist Cecily Brown, known for her energetic and vivid paintings, reflects on the influence of Gerhard Richter's long career as a master painter of both figurative and abstract works. Watch now →

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ETHEL and Friends: Balcony Bar from Home

Friday, July 24, 5–5:30 pm

Experience the Balcony Bar from home with the Great Hall Balcony Bar's resident ensemble, ETHEL, one of the most acclaimed string quartets in the contemporary concert field. This week's installment features pianist and composer Dan Tepfer.
Join us at 5 pm →

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Drop-in Drawing—Abstraction

Sunday, July 26, 10–10:30 am

Drop in for a virtual session of our popular series. This week, gain a new appreciation for abstraction by using observation and expressive drawing to create your own abstract piece.  Learn more →

Image of three teens, a boy and two girls,  pointing at a sculpture with notebooks and pencils

Virtual Group Tours

Engage with great works of art—wherever you are! Experience live virtual tours for K–12 School Groups and Adult Groups. Join us and connect with more than 5,000 years of art and culture.  Learn more →

Racial Justice Resource Library

This library of resources, created in collaboration with many areas across The Met, is intended to support our staff's individual and personal efforts to address systemic racism and injustice, which will help advance our institution's work to dismantle inequalities through our diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility plans.  Learn more →

More Virtual Events

Looking for more? Events are available on YouTube, Facebook, and our website after they premiere. 

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