With the state staying home, artists are doing what they can to ease loneliness and pain. The New Jersey Performing Arts Center—or NJPAC—is bringing thought-provoking written and visual arts to New Jersey’s homes.
Women@NJPAC, a female-led board of artists and enthusiasts, is heading a new series with the Zonta Club of Essex County. The Zonta Club is an international coalition that aims to guard women’s rights and fight gendered violence.
The three-part series, “A Breath of Fresh Air: Healing Through the Arts,” will include performances, workshops, and virtual discussions. Above all, organizers hope to shed light on the Safe House, a domestic violence shelter in Essex County, NJ.
“We are particularly interested in supporting and encouraging girls and women in Essex County to use and trust their voices,” Women@NJPAC said in an online statement. “We know that in times of unemployment, trauma, [and] stress incidents of domestic violence increase.”
Part 1 of “A Breath of Fresh Air” is this Saturday, May 2nd, from 2:00 to 3:00pm EST. The first episode will involve spoken-word performances and virtual discussions with Kween Moore and Bimpé Fageyinbo.
Moore is an artist, poet, and educator. In addition to her own work, she is also co-founder of FEMME CURATOR ARTS, a group that produces gallery exhibitions.
Fageyinbo is a Nigerian-American artist, poet, and photojournalist. A published author, she also teaches Creative Writing in Media and Newsroom Workshop at Rutgers University in Newark.
The next two sessions of “Healing Through the Arts” will be held Saturday, May 9th, and Saturday, May 23rd.
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