Thursday, June 20, 2024

Next Wednesday! RSVP for a free panel on Arts-on-Prescription in Newark


Wed, Jun 26 @ 4PM
Free on Zoom

Creativity empowers individuals to take charge of their health and enhance their quality of life — from reducing stress and anxiety to fostering emotional resilience and strengthening social connections. Join us for an informative conversation on how the first Arts-on-Prescription pilot program in New Jersey uses the arts to build health equity.

Launched by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in collaboration with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ and Rutgers University–Newark, this program enhances health and well-being by increasing access to arts and culture. Our panel of experts from healthcare, arts and community sectors will explore the profound impact on individuals and the community when creativity intersects with health.

This session includes a spoken word performance by Alana Jackson, Director of Arts & Wellness at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla.

The panel will be moderated by Julia Hotz, author of The Connection Cure: The Prescriptive Power of Movement, Nature, Art, Service, and Belonging (Simon & Schuster, 2024).

Our panelists include:

Ketlen Alsbrook, Director of the City of Newark’s Department of Health & Community Wellness and CEO of the Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Centery

Aly Maier Lokuta, Senior Director, Arts & Well-Being at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Theresa Tantay-Wilson, Director, Health Promotion Division at Rutgers University–Newark

Maureen Zimmer, LCSW, Clinical Supervisor, Behavioral Health at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ

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 coming soon 

Audible Showcase Stage
Jun 28 @ 6 – 9PM
Jun 29 – 30 @ 12 – 6PM
Harriet Tubman Square

Bring the whole family for a fun weekend featuring Newark’s rising voices — singer-songwriters, DJs, comedians, hip hop artists, spoken word poets, dancers, a jazz violinist and more. Free performances, plus food trucks, drinks and other vendors.

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Arts & Well-Being at NJPAC is made possible through foundational support from RWJBarnabas Health, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and Women@NJPAC, with additional support from Merck Foundation, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, New Jersey Cultural Trust, Celia Liption Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation Home Community Fund, and DoorDash

Thank you to our sponsors

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Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.