Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Walk_Bye Public Art in Collaboration with Jersey City Free Public Library Community Awareness Series Presents "Real Democracy" Group Show

Walk_Bye Public Art and Jersey City Free Public Library Community Awareness Series: 
Real Democracy Public Art Exhibition 

open to the public on Saturday, April 30, 2022, and will close at the end of June 2022.
: M
iller Library Branch, located at 489 Bergen Ave, Jersey City
outdoors, free, and open to the public

We want to take a moment to recognize that Walk Bye operates out of Jersey City, New Jersey, which sits proudly on the traditional and unceded lands of the Lenape people. We offer our respect to the elders both past, present, and future.

The Jersey City Public Library celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month in April. Jazz is an original classical art form created in the United States that was born out of the Black community and was shared with the entire world. Jazz was born out of struggle and evolved to become an art form that ensures everyone’s voice will be heard. One could even say that Jazz is a Perfect Democracy.

Artists were invited to submit works in which they interpret the theme: Marsalis said it best, "As long as there is democracy, there will be people wanting to play jazz because nothing else will ever so perfectly capture the democratic process in sound".

Artists accepted for this group show will have the opportunity to see their selected images printed large on vinyl with their name, title of work, media of their original art, and Instagram handle or website. 

About Walk_Bye:

Founder of Walk-Bye, Catalina Aranguren, has always been inspired by the power of art to transform and connect us. The pandemic has allowed for her to share her artwork virtually in other countries including Sweden, UK, Hungary and Spain. Art has become a way to continue to connect to others during a time when we all feel so suddenly disconnected from the outside world. The human element is severely missing, what we all really need right now — connection to others outside the virtual.

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About JCFPL Community Awareness Series:

A department of the Jersey City Free Public Library, the Community Awareness Series (CAS) presents music concerts, especially jazz and gospel, to the public; hosts in-person forums on current events; and offers music lessons for children, young adults, and adults. CAS was initiated in 1977 at the Miller Branch Library, in cooperation with the Spirit of Life Ensemble.

CAS presents monthly programs at the Miller Branch, as well as some programs within the Jersey City public schools, providing cultural performances and workshops to students. The department documents many of its programs on video on its YouTube channel.

Over its 40 years in service, the wide scope of the Community Awareness Series has changed, but CAS proudly continues to present jazz and gospel performances, two mainstays of African American culture, and cultural and educational programs to students, especially music education.

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About the JCFPL Miller Library Branch:

First known as the Bergen Branch of the Free Public Library of Jersey City, the Miller Branch was opened to the public on January 14, 1914, in a rented building at 543-545 Jackson Avenue. Today, the Miller Branch is still known as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the library’s system. Since 1921, the Miller Branch site has been at its current location, 489 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City.

In the last 50 years, the Miller Branch Library has consistently produced top-flight programs and special events that benefit the community, burnishing its luster as the “Jewel in the Crown” of the Jersey City Free Public Library system.

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