ESSEX COUNTY GROVER CLEVELAND PARK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS THE SPIRIT OF

THE SPIRIT OF
SUMMER 2013
ESSEX COUNTY
GROVER CLEVELAND PARK
CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
History on the Move
in Essex County
Essex County
Turtle Back Zoo
50th Anniversary
Celebration
Summer Music
Concert Series
47th Annual Jazz
in the Garden Series
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Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive
and the Board of
Chosen Freeholders
Daniel K. Salvante
Director of Parks, Recreation
and Cultural Affairs
PUTTING ESSEX COUNTY FIRST
A Message from the County Executive
Summer has arrived and, with it, Mother Nature’s palate,
bursting with color. In May, our internationally famous Presby
Memorial Iris Gardens – appropriately known as “The Rainbow on
the Hill” for the hundreds of Iris types in bloom, deserves your
attention. In June, wander through the fragrant Rose Gardens in
Essex County Brookdale Park, now maintained by our Master
Gardeners. These natural wonders are breathtaking and are perfect
backdrops for special events, photographs or just a summer stroll.
Another park highlight is the 100th anniversary of Essex County
Grover Cleveland Park in Caldwell/Essex Fells. This 41.61acre
park is the seventh largest jewel in our historic Essex County Parks
System. We are pleased to be partnering with the Grover Cleveland
Park Conservancy on a number of events to celebrate this milestone
and welcome you to join us at the concerts, conversation groups
and community events that are planned and listed in this edition.
As always, we encourage you to stay local and enjoy the fine
performances, exhibits, displays and cultural events that take place
right here in Essex County. Many organizations and groups have
shared information about upcoming performances and shows on
the pages of this newsletter. Not only will you be amazed at the
talent and creativity found in Essex, but you won’t have to travel far.
We should be proud and supportive of our local groups, and I’m
sure we won’t be disappointed.
Working together we will continue Putting Essex County First.
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive
and the Board of Chosen Freeholders
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on
the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs received an operating support
grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.
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Cover: Vintage photograph of boys by pond courtesy of Warren Marchioni
CELEBRATING
100 YEARS!
Highlights of a Century
Essex County Grover Cleveland Park in
Caldwell/Essex Fells is 100 years old in
2013. This attractive, 42-plus acre park has
experienced extensive restoration in the
past decade through the alliance of Essex
County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo,
Jr., the Essex County Department of Parks,
Recreation and Cultural Affairs and the Grover
Cleveland Park Conservancy. To celebrate
the anniversary, the Conservancy presented a
series of four lectures this spring: addressing
Olmstead parks in Essex County, the history
and natural history of Essex County Grover
Cleveland Park, and future of the park:
preserving its woodlands.
As the first county park in western Essex
County, the site was originally selected for its
natural beauty and the possibilities it held to
provide space for relaxation and recreation. It
contains gentle rolling hills, broad meadows,
a meandering brook and a glistening pond.
The first acreage was purchased in June
1913. Construction began in 1915, but
was halted with the onset of World War I.
The playground, ball field and tennis courts
opened to the public in 1923. Because of
its location, the park has typically had a
longer ice skating season than any other
park in the system.
Then, as now, the park has attracted great
numbers of children and families to its
sliding boards and swings, to fishing derbies
and softball games, and supervised summer
programs. It has hosted movies, shows, jazz
concerts, rock and roll fests, and firework
displays over its hundred-year history.
Looking forward to the next 100 years
and the enjoyment this parkland brings
not only to neighbors, but to families drawn
from miles around, the Conservancy intends
to hold fast to the Olmstead tradition by
keeping “these pleasure grounds not only
attractive to the eye in their natural and
aesthetic adornment” (Kelsey, 1905), but also
functional for rest and recreation for all.
Kelsey, Frederic. The first County Park System:
A Complete History of the Inception and Development of the
Essex County Parks of N.J. N.Y.: J.S. Ogilvie Publ., 1905
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HISTORY ON
THE MOVE IN
ESSEX COUNTY
President Grover Cleveland has special
significance to Essex County. The only U.S.
President born in the state, the Grover Cleveland
Birthplace Memorial Association, located in his
hometown of Caldwell, brings his presidency
to life at educational institutions and service
organizations through the Traveling Trunks program.
Traveling trunks are portable history lessons
available to travel to schools and organizations
for a hands-on introduction to local, state and
national history. A confederate jacket, a copper
bed warmer, Victorian clothing, and toys and
games from the 1830s are only examples of what
the chests contain. Audiences young and old will
be fascinated by artifacts common to the life of
President Grover Cleveland.
Arrangements for a traveling trunk
can be made at
[email protected]
For information on the
Grover Cleveland Birthplace in Caldwell, visit
Dennis Murray, creator of the Traveling Trunk program, and
Grover Cleveland Middle School Principal James Brown in
front of Grover Cleveland Middle School.
Photo: Akiko Tawarada Axe
www.groverclevelandpark.org.
Essex County Grover Cleveland Park Centennial Events
Sponsored by the Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy
in partnership with the Essex County Parks System
Please join the Grover Cleveland
Park Conservancy and the Essex
County Department of Parks,
Recreation and Cultural Affairs to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of
the park at one of these upcoming
events!
JUNE 30 at 1pm
Model Sail Boat Races &
Demonstrations in partnership with
the Sunset Lake Model Club.
AUGUST 1 at 7pm
Essex County Free SummerMusic
Concert featuring hometown band
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“The Kootz.” A ticketed pre-concert
event with hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and
wine will be held before the
concert at 5:30pm.
SEPTEMBER 21 from 1-4pm
Celebrate 100 Years! Carnival, food,
fun, demonstrations. In partnership
with Essex County Park System. Rain
or shine.
For additional information please
visit www.groverclevelandpark.com
or contact the Grover Cleveland Park
Conservancy at [email protected] or
973.618.9154
ESSEX SPOTLIGHT
JUNE 7:
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON,
RATED PG
Summer events sponsored
by the Essex County
Department of Parks,
Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Essex County Kip’s Castle Park
22 Crestmont Road, Verona
973.239.2465
www.essexcountynj.org
FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS
Friday Nights just got more exciting!
This June, visit Essex County Kip’s
Castle Park for weekly screenings of
family-friendly films on the lawn and
under the stars. Gates open at 7pm.
Movies begin at dusk. Free admission.
Concessions will be available for sale.
TIFFANY WINDOW TOURS
Tour the famed Tiffany glass windows
Thursday evening starting July 11
through August 29 (There is no tour
on July 4). Tours begin at 7pm and are
limited to 25 people. Please note some
areas of the tour are restricted to stair
access. Registration is required. Essex
County Kip’s Castle, 22 Crestmont
Road, Verona. $5. 973.239.2465.
ESSEX IN BLOOM
WORKSHOP SERIES
June 22. Photographing in Essex
County Brookdale Park. Capture the
beauty of a formal Rose Garden in
Montclair/Bloomfield in a hands-on
photo workshop. Rick Gerrity will
instruct all workshops. All levels of
experience are welcome.
$75 session. Call 973.377.6454.
ESSEX COUNTY SENIOR
CITIZEN JURIED ART SHOW
Applications are now being accepted
for the Essex County Senior Citizen
Juried Art Show. Visual artists,
professional and non-professional,
over the age of 60 and currently
residing in Essex County are invited
to submit two works of art completed
within the last three years. Registration
forms will be available June 3.
Set in the mythical world of burly
Vikings and wild dragons, this action
comedy tells the story of Hiccup,
a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly
fit in with his tribe’s longstanding
traditions of heroic dragon slayers.
Hiccup’s world is turned upside down
when he encounters a dragon that
challenges him and fellow Vikings to
see the world from an entirely different
point of view.
JUNE 14:
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, NOT RATED
Betty Comden and Adolph Green wrote
this wonderful film about the time when
movies were changing from silent
to talkies. The songs range from the
hilarious “Make ‘Em Laugh” performed
For guidelines and registration
information, please call 973.239.7056
or [email protected]
RIKER HILL ART PARK
FINE AND DECORATIVE ARTS
OPEN HOUSE & SALE
June 1& 2. Artists in residence work
in a variety of disciplines, including
by Donald O’Connor, to the delicate
“You Were Meant for Me,” and the
show-stopping classic “Singin’ in the
Rain” solo by Gene Kelly.
JUNE 21:
ENCHANTED, RATED PG
A classic Disney fairytale lands
in modern-day New York City when
a storybook princess is thrust into
present day Manhattan by an evil
queen. Her prince follows after
to rescue her, but her journey
causes her to change her views
on life and love after meeting a
handsome lawyer.
JUNE 28: CASABLANCA, NOT RATED
Wartime refugees gather in Morocco
to obtain scarce exit visas to Lisbon.
The final airport sequence is an event
not to be forgotten.
clay, jewelry, glass blowing,
painting, sculpture, printmaking
and photography. Visit a variety of
different art studios, talk to the artists,
purchase art work, and stop by the
gallery to view a compilation exhibition. Riker Hill Art Park, 284 Beaufort
Avenue, Livingston. 973.268.3500 or
www.essexcountynj.org
ESSEX COUNTY
TURTLE BACK ZOO
50th ANNIVERSARY
CELEBRATION
Saturday, June 8, 10am-4pm
Sunday, June 9, 11am-5pm
Come join us in celebrating
our 50th Anniversary! Special
presentations, activities, and
entertainment throughout
the weekend. Included with
zoo admission.
Essex County
Turtle Back Zoo,
560 Northfield Avenue,
West Orange 973.731.5800
www.essexcountynj.org
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EXHIBITIONS
MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
973.746.5555
www.montclair-art.com
Title: Patterns, Systems, Structures:
Abstractions in American Art
On view: Through Summer 2013
Description: This exhibition explores
various approaches to abstraction in
American art by drawing examples from
MAM’s permanent collection.
Title: Works by Lee Arnold
On view: Through September 15
Description: Arnold explores the nature
of time and perception using a variety of
media, including film, animation, video,
photography, drawing, and sound. Both
of the videos of MAM, “The Wanderer”
and “The Swim” (both 2010), were
created during a summer sojourn in
Maine. Arnold, who lives and works in
Brooklyn, is an assistant professor of art
at Drew University in Madison.
NEWARK MUSEUM
49 Washington Street, Newark
973.593.6500
www.newarkmuseum.org
Chika Okeke-Agulu Knotty Affair, 1993 Watercolor on paper, 15 x 22 in. The Simon Ottenberg Collection, gift to the Newark Museum, 2012 2012.38.82 Copyright the artist.
Title: African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
On view: Through August 11
Description: African Cosmos:
Stellar Arts is the first major exhibition
that focuses on the historical legacy
of African cultural astronomy and
its intersection with traditional and
contemporary African arts.
Title: Cell Mates
On view: June 2 to 18
Description: Cell Mates, curated
by Jeanne Brasile and Elisabeth
Murray, examines artistic practices
which incorporate scientific
methods, placing the artist in the
role of quasi-scientist.
WALSH GALLERY
Located at Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange
973.275.2033
http://academic.shu.edu/libraries/
gallery/current.htm
Title: [email protected] 6.0
On view: June 2 to August 31
Description: This annual exhibition
of site-specific artwork on display in
the gallery’s exterior windows features
Ibrahim Ahmed II, Dominique Duroseau
and Vazquez. Curated by Jeanne Brasile.
Title: The Art of Translation:
The Simon Ottenberg Gift of Modern
and Contemporary Nigerian Art
On view: Through August 11
Description: Works by 13 artists draw
on cultural and traditional aesthetics to
examine their country’s changing social
and political landscape, all drawn from a
large gift to the museum by a pioneering
scholar of Nigerian art.
Title: Bottle Cap Starry Night
On view: Through June 23
Description: Students at South Street
Elementary School in Newark created
an eco-friendly rendition of Vincent van
Gogh’s Starry Night from bottle caps.
Bottle Cap Starry Night, South Street School.
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INDEX ART CENTER
585 Broad Street, Newark
862.218.0278
http://indexartcenter.org
ambiguity to delve into the personalities
of her subjects, inviting viewers to form
their own conclusions and decipher the
works line by line.
Title: Solo exhibition of artist
Ryan Roa’s “Space Drawing”
On view: June 29 to July 26
Description: This solo exhibition of
artist Ryan Roa’s “Space Drawing”
series, created from rubber bungee
cords and hardware, divides the
gallery into a series of spaces intended
to be navigated by the viewer.
Curated by Jeanne Brasile.
Title: Janice McDonnell:
The Death Penalty Ladies Society
On view: Through July 24
Description: Janice McDonnell writes:
“Since the death penalty was reinstated
in this country in 1976, twelve women
have been executed… I’ve recast these
women in the role of socialites…
And while not condoning their acts
of violence, I question our double
standards on how we as society judge
its members.”
PIERRO GALLERY AT
THE BAIRD CENTER
5 Mead Street, South Orange
973.378.3775, Ext. 1
www.pierrogallery.org
Title: SOMA: Engaging Art
On view: May 23 to June 23
Description: In connection with
the 10th annual South Orange
and Maplewood Studio Tour, this
exhibition features art dependent
upon a community for its creation
and significance.
Title: 10th Annual South Orange
and Maplewood Artists Studio Tour
On view: June 2, 11am to 5pm
Description: Includes 60-plus
artists’ studios, galleries and group
exhibitions featuring painters,
photographers, sculptors, ceramicists,
jewelers and multimedia artists.
Celebrating the arts in the SOMA
community. Free.
973.378.7754, Ext. 2223.
www.pierrogallery.org
JCC OF GREATER METROWEST
Cooperman JCC
760 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
973.530.3413
www.jccmetrowest.org
Title: Dolls for Democracy
On view: Through August
Description: Dolls for Democracy, on
display in the Steiner Court Showcases,
is a collection of 28 dolls depicting
famous people who were involved in the struggle to establish democracy around
the world.
PAUL ROBESON GALLERIES
350 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.,
Newark
973.353.1610
http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/artgallery/
Title: Right Here, Right Now
On view: Through July 24
Description: An exhibition of work by
artists of the region who support the
gallery as preparators, educators or
members of the advisory board. Artists
in this exhibition include Daniel Brophy,
Diane June, Omisanya Karade, Nell
Painter, Duda Penteado, German Pitre,
Kevin Sampson and Alison Weld.
Title: Primary Essences: Ben Georgia
On view: Through June 4
Description: For painter Ben Georgia,
abstraction offers the possibility of
a fresh mode of communication.
Georgia seeks a language that
surpasses representation and the
fleeting concerns of the moment,
reaching towards expressing the
emotional depths of human experience.
Title: Soma, Trickster & Myself:
David D. Oquendo
On view: Through July 24
Description: David D. Oquendo
leads his audience into a world
populated with characters of indefinite
human-animal-plant-fungus origin,
each signifying a facet of Oquendo’s
exploration of religion, culture and
personal growth. Dolls for Democracy
On view at the JCC of Greater MetroWest
Title: Marc D’Agusto: Forgotten Place
On view: Through July 24
Description: Marc D’Agusto’s
multilayered work delves into ideas of
transformation, renewal, and the passing
of time. Using rust, cracks, and fissures
in the surface of his work, D’Agusto
draws attention to the past while
utilizing images of the human body,
architectural forms, and space to
suggest rebirth and regeneration
Title: Authors & Artist:
Portraits by Bonnie Gloris
On view: Through July 24
Description: “Authors and Artists”
is an ongoing series of portraits in
which Bonnie Gloris mixes realism with
German Pitre, “Black Flag,” 2008, acrylic
on canvas, flag, 68”x63”, courtesy of the artist.
On view at the Paul Robeson Galleries.
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June 2 & 9: Learn the Magic!
Intro to PMC Jewelry. In this two-day
workshop, participants will observe
several hands-on, step-by-step
demonstrations on how to create with
PMC silver. Montclair Museum of Art,
Yard School, 3 Mountain Avenue,
Montclair. 10am to 5pm. $180
members, $200 non-members.
973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
SUMMER EVENTS
Youth Orchestras of Essex County
June 1: Youth Orchestras
of Essex County
Celebrate the 57th season of creating
classical music with talented students
ages 8-18. Auditions will be held
at South Orange Middle School
70 North Ridgewood Road,
South Orange. By appointment only.
973.718.9288 or
www.njsyo.org
June 1: Chelsea Art Ramble
Explore the exciting galleries in
New York’s Chelsea neighborhood
with MAM Manager of Public Programs
and artist Martha Kelshaw as your
guide. Montclair Museum of Art,
Yard School, 3 Mountain Avenue,
Montclair. 11am to 4pm. $35 members,
$50 non-members. 973.259.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 1: Caldwell Merchants
Association
Award-winning and new artists will
display their paintings, sculpture,
photography, fine art and crafts along
Bloomfield Avenue. Art contest for local
school children using Essex County
Grover Cleveland Park as inspiration.
Caldwell. 10am to 4pm. Rain date:
June 2. Free. 973.364.1124 or
www.caldwellmerchants.com
June 1 to 15: Studio Players Present
an Evening of One-Act Plays
David Ives’ characters plunge into a
number of vignettes that aerobicizes
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the brain and tickle the heart. Ives is
a sharp comic who has put the play
back in playwright. Studio Playhouse,
14 Alvin Place, Upper Montclair.
Evening and matinee times. $20.
973.744.9758 or
www.studio playhouse.com
June 2: MAC Basics
This class will review the very basics of
MAC computers. Montclair Museum of
Art, Yard School, 3 Mountain Avenue,
Montclair. 10am to 4pm. $90 members,
$110 non-members. 973.259.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 2: 46th Annual Antique
Fire Apparatus Muster Parade.
There will be a firehouse cook-off
and a parade of antique fire apparatus
led by Newark Fire Fighters Pipe and
Drum Band. Newark Museum, 49
Washington Street, Newark. Noon to
3pm. Suggested museum admission:
Adults $10; children, seniors and students
with valid ID $6. 973.596.6550 or
www.newarkmuseum.org
June 2 & August 11: Raku Art Firing
This workshop will explore the
concept of Post-Fire Reduction known
as Raku, led by MAM Ceramics Studio
Manager Steve Jaskowak. Montclair
Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am to 4pm. $120 members,
$140 non-members. 973.259.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 6: Pictures 2013 Concert
8th Annual New Jersey Student
Composition Contest
The Montclair Art Museum will present
a unique concert experience as
New Jersey students explore the
intersection of music and visual art.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
6:15pm. Free. 973.746.5555 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 6 & 20: In Stitches Afternoon
Knitting and Crochet Club
“In Stitches” is a knitting and crochet
club for beginners or advance crafters,
but everyone is invited to join the fun.
Light refreshments will be served.
East Orange Public Library, 21
South Arlington Avenue, East Orange
2 to 4pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 6: Poetry Live
Calling all poets! This program features
published poets reading their poems
each month. Everyone is invited to
share their work during Open Mic
immediately following the program.
Bring a friend for an evening of rhyming
that is sure to rock. Featured artists
are Rashad Sun and Thomas Mitchell.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
6:30-8:30pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 7 & 21: Jewelry Making
Workshop
Come and learn how to create
simple beaded jewelry pieces
including bracelets, earrings and
necklaces. All the supplies needed
to learn this fun creative hobby will
be provided. Children are welcome
when accompanied by an adult.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 2:30-
5:30pm. Register at the main library
customer service desk. Registration fee
is $3 per class; seniors 65 and older
$1.50 per class. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 8 & June 9: Collecting Art:
An Affordable Art Fair
Montclair Art Museum is hosting its
fourth juried affordable fair. Local
artists will offer their works for prices
under $500 to promote affordable
collecting of contemporary art.
Montclair Art Museum, 3 Mountain
Avenue, Montclair, 12 Noon to 5pm.
Free. 973.764.5555 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 8: The Cat in the Hat
Horton, Gertrude McFuzz and other
best-loved Dr. Seuss characters appear
in an unforgettable musical adventure
by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens.
Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside
Drive, Millburn. 10am. $12.
973.315.4343 or
www.papermill.org
of movie music, including many works
by American composer John Williams.
Millburn Middle School Auditorium,
462 Millburn Avenue, Millburn. 3-5pm.
Suggested donation $15.
973.379.6431 or
www.metropolitanorchestra.org
June 11 & 18: Creative Writing
Workshop
Break your writers’ block, be inspired
and publish what you write when you
join the East Orange Public Library
for “Creative Writing Workshops.”
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
6-7:30pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 11 & 25: Tuesday Night Flicks
Newly released movies are featured
each night. Children under 13 must
be accompanied by an adult. Light
refreshments are served. East Orange
Public Library, 21 South Arlington
Avenue, East Orange. 6:30-8:30pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or www.eopl.org
June 13: Young Writers Group
Creative writers in grades 8-12 are
inspired to write and develop their
skills. Poetry, stories, essays and
other writing techniques are included.
Students’ work will be published
and other venues to showcase
their writing will be suggested.
East Orange Public Library, 21
South Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
4-5:15pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 13 & 27: In Stitches Evening
Knitting and Crochet Club
“In Stitches” is a knitting and crochet
club for beginners or advance crafters,
but everyone is invited to join the fun.
Light refreshments will be served.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 6-8pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 8: Parent and Child Indian
Hand-Carved Block Printing
Learn a fun and simple dye and print
technique on pure silk scarves using
hand-carved blocks imported from
India. Make your own lovely washable
creation to wear! Montclair Museum
of Art, Yard School Mountain Avenue,
Montclair. 12 Noon to 3pm.
Ages 8 and older. $50 members,
$75 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 9: Expressive Hollow-Body
Figures
This workshop will teach students how
to create ceramic figures using hollow
forms. Students will learn how to create
a figure using multiple hollow parts and
combine the coil and pinch building
methods to assemble. Montclair
Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
12 Noon to 3pm. $60 members,
$80 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
June 9: Metropolitan Orchestra
of NJ: “A Symphonic Salute to
the Cinema”
Maestro Michael Stratecnuk will
conduct a multigenerational program
June 12: Andrea Bocelli
The June 2013 Tour will come in support of Andrea Bocelli’s new CD release,
Passione. Joining Bocelli for an unforgettable evening will be world-renowned
orchestras, choirs, and special guests. The Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette Street,
Newark. 8:00 pm. Ticket fees vary. 973.757.6500 or www.prucenter.com
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create anime-inspired crafts, watch
anime screenings, learn about Japanese
culture and more. East Orange Public
Library, 21 South Arlington Avenue, East
Orange. 4-5pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 26: Disney’s the Little
Mermaid/Autisim Friendly
Performance
A special sensory-friendly performance
of a magical adventure beneath the sea
based on the classic Disney animated
film with music by Alan Menken. Paper
Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive,
Millburn. 4pm. $26-$81. 973.315.4343 or
www.papermill.org
Jose Camacho, on view Gallery Aferro
June 15: Gallery Aferro 5th Annual
Benefit Art Auction and Party
The silent auction and unsilent party
of the season! Live jazz, hundreds
of artworks for bid, door prizes,
yummy food, and more. All proceeds
support non-profit Gallery Aferro’s
award-winning year-round exhibitions,
artist residencies, publications and
expanding education programs for
Newark youth. Gallery Aferro, 73 Market
Street, Newark. 7-10pm. $25, $30,
$100, $150. 973.353.9533 or
www.aferro.org.
June 18: Sesquicentennial
Slide Show
In honor of East Orange’s 150th
anniversary, local collector Doug Alford
will host an evening slide show of
vintage postcards and matchbook
covers from Essex County including
over 400 locations in East Orange.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 6-8pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
June 19 to July 31: Newark Black
Film Festival
A forum for filmmakers and
enthusiasts who enjoy African American
and African Diaspora cinema. Films
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range from documentary to the avantgarde, for adults. Newark Museum,
49 Washington Street, Newark. 7pm.
Suggested museum admission: Adults
$10; children, seniors and students
with valid ID $6. 973.596.6550 or
www.newarkmuseum.org
June 22: Newark Arts Council
Re-Source 3:
Artists Development Workshop
This event is a rare opportunity to meet
with professional artists and curators
for a one-on-one portfolio review,
peer review, and a panel discussion.
Artists of all disciplines are welcome.
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art,
591 Broad Street, Newark. Admission
$15-$40. 973.643.1625 or
www.NewarkArts.org
June 22: Opera Performance by
Anna Maria Stefanelli
Treat yourself to an opera performance
by lyric soprano Anna Maria Stefanelli.
Roseland Public Library, 20 Roseland
Avenue, Roseland. 7:30 pm.
Free. 973.226.8636 or
www.rfplnj.org
June 25: Anime Club
Calling all anime fans in the 4th-7th
grades! Discuss your favorite anime
and manga series, share your artwork,
June 26: Aesop’s Fables presented
by Cy Young
Aesop Shop is Aesop’s Fables for
the 21st century! Kids will be
entertained with songs and interactive
performances. Pre-registration
required. Roseland Public Library,
20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland.
11am. Free. 973.226.8636 or
www.rfplnj.org
June 30: 2013 NHL Draft
All seven rounds are being conducted
on the same day for the first time
since 2006. The Prudential Center,
25 Lafayette Street, Newark. 3:00 pm.
Cost TBA. 973.757.6500 or
www.prucenter.com
June 30: Grand Opening of
New Gaelen Gallery East
Grand opening celebration of the new
Gaelen Gallery East featuring artwork
from the collection of Audrey and
Norbert Gaelen. JCC of Greater
MetroWest, Cooperman JCC, 760
Northfield Avenue, West Orange.
2-4pm. Free. 973.530.3413 or
www.jccmetrowest.org
June 30: Model Sail Boat Races
& Demonstrations
Join the Sunset Lake Model Yacht
Club at the pond in Essex County
Grover Cleveland Park, Brookside
Avenue and along Runnymede Road,
Caldwell. 1pm. 973.618.9154 or
www.groverclevelandpark.org
July 1: Bruno Mars with
Ellie Goulding
Bruno Mars has unveiled details of his
hugely anticipated “The Moonshine
Jungle World Tour.” Special guests on
select dates of the North American leg
include Ellie Goulding and newly signed
Elektra artist Fitz and The Tantrums.
The Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette
Street, Newark. 7:30pm. Ticket fees
vary. 973.757.6500 or
www.prucenter.com
July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30:
Twisted Teens & Tweens
Crafts and fun for tweens and
teens in grades 3-12. East Orange
Public Library, 21 South Arlington
Avenue., East Orange. 4-5pm. Free.
973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 3: Poetry Live
Calling all poets! Featuring published
poets reading their poems each month.
Everyone is invited to share their
work during Open Mic immediately
following the program. Bring a friend
for an evening of rhyming that is sure
to rock. East Orange Public Library, 21
South Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
5:30-7:30pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 5 & 19: Jewelry Making
Workshop
Learn how to create come simple
beaded jewelry pieces including
bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
All of the other supplies needed to
learn this fun creative hobby will be
provided. Children are welcome
when accompanied by an adult.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 2:305:30pm. Register at the main library
customer service desk. Registration fee
is $3 per class; seniors 65 and older
$1.50 per class. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 6, 13, 20 & 27:
Crafty Inspirations on
Saturday Mornings
Let your imagination soar! Drop in
for a quick make and take craft.
Supplies will be provided. For juniors
though grade 7. East Orange Public
Library, 21 South Arlington Avenue,
East Orange. 10:30am to 12 Noon.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 8-August 16:
Camp Newark Museum
An innovative six-week experience
that brings 80 world-class art and
science galleries to life. Hands-on
workshops and experiments in STEAM
— science, technology, engineering,
arts and math. Camp runs Monday
through Friday, 9 am-4 pm, extended
day, 8am-4:45pm. Children ages 3-13.
Newark Museum, 49 Washington
Street, Newark. Registration fees apply.
973.596.6550 or
www.newarkmuseum.org
July 8, 15, 22 & 29:
Underground Movie Afternoons
Dig beneath the surface with a family
friendly movie about the world under
your feet. East Orange Public Library,
21 South Arlington Avenue, East
Orange. 2-4pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 9: Fun with Fossils
Children in elementary school are invited
to play with real fossils and create a
custom fossil of their own. Fairfield
Free Public Library, 261 Hollywood
Avenue, Fairfield. 3 pm. Registration
is required. 973.227.8575 or
www.ffpl.org
July 9 & 16: Creative Writing
Workshop
Break your writers’ block, be inspired
and publish what you write when you
join the East Orange Public Library
for “Creative Writing Workshops.”
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
6-7:30pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 9: Tuesday Night Flicks
Newly released movies are featured
each night. Children under 13 must
be accompanied by an adult. Light
refreshments are served. East Orange
Public Library, 21 South Arlington
Avenue, East Orange. 5:30-7:30pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 10: Days of Knight
Enjoy an interactive fusion of medieval
history and storytelling. Try on steel plate
armor, wield a knight’s broadsword
and don a 15th century jousting helmet.
Pre-registration required. Roseland
Public Library, 20 Roseland Avenue,
Roseland. 3pm. Free. 973.226.8636 or
www.rfplnj.org
July 10-August 14:
Newark Black Film Festival
A forum for filmmakers and enthusiasts
who enjoy African American and African
Diaspora cinema. Films range from
documentary to the avant-garde,
for youth. Newark Museum, 49
Washington Street, Newark. 7pm.
Suggested museum admission: Adults
$10; children, seniors and students
with valid ID $6. 973.596.6550 or
www.newarkmuseum.org
July 14: Printmaking with
Gelatin Plates
In this workshop, participants will learn
one of the easiest and most enjoyable
methods of printmaking, making
monotypes with gelatin plates.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am to 4pm. $90 members, $110
non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
Peg Kenselaar, Funky Vessal,
on view Montclair Art Museum
July 14: Funky Vessels
Learn the three basic hand building
techniques clay artists have used for
thousands of years. Students will use
the pinch, coil, and slab methods to
create a funky, functional vessel.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair. 12
Noon to 2pm. $50 members, $75
non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
July 18: In Stitches Afternoon
Knitting and Crochet Club
“In Stitches” is a knitting and crochet
club for beginners or advance crafters,
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but everyone is invited to join the fun.
Light refreshments will be served.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
2-4pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 20: Marbelizing Paper
and Fabric
By the end of this workshop, each
student will have produced several
sheets of drop-dead gorgeous
marbleized paper and fabric, which
can be used for book binding, crafts,
gift wrapping, sewing projects, etc.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am-4pm. $90 members,
$110 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
July 21: Making a Lasting
Impression
Come and discover how versatile clay
can be. Students will explore textures,
patterns, and hand building. Montclair
Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
12 Noon to 2pm. $50 members,
$75 non-members. 973.253.5139.
www.montclairmuseum.org
July 21: Portrait Drawing
In this one-day workshop, students
will work from a live model as they explore the major forms of the head
and the individual features of the face.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am to 3pm. $105 members,
$125 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
July 22: Snakes ‘N Scales
Interact with and learn more about
some interesting creatures.
Pre-registration required. Roseland
Public Library, 20 Roseland Avenue,
Roseland. 3pm. Free. 973.226.8636. or
www.rfplnj.org
July 23: Tuesday Night Flicks
Newly released movies are featured
each night. Children under 13 must
be accompanied by an adult. Light
refreshments are served. East Orange
Public Library, 21 South Arlington
Avenue, East Orange. 5:30-7:30pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
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July 23: Anime Club
Calling all anime fans in the 4th-7th
grades! Discuss your favorite anime
and manga series, share your artwork,
create anime inspired crafts, watch
anime screenings, learn about Japanese
culture and more. East Orange Public
Library, 21 South Arlington Avenue, East
Orange. 4-5pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
July 27: Gospel Stage Play
Underneath It All
Featuring Grammy Award nominated,
Stellar Award winning, gospel recording
artist Kierra Sheard. Newark
Symphony Hall, 1030 Broad Street,
Newark. 973.792.1730 or
www.newarksymphonyhall.org
July 27 & 28: Portrait Drawing
In this fast-paced portraiture
workshop, students will work from
a model to capture a painted likeness
in two sessions. Montclair Museum
of Art, Yard School, 3 Mountain
Avenue, Montclair.10am to 3pm.
$175 members, $200 non-members.
973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
July 31: Conrad the Magician
Enjoy a magic show! Registration
is required in advance. Call or stop
by the circulation desk to sign up.
Roseland Public Library, 20
Roseland Avenue, Roseland. 3pm.
Free. 973.226.8636 or
www.rfplnj.org
August 1, 15 & 29:
In Stitches Afternoon Knitting
and Crochet Club
“In Stitches” is a knitting and crochet
club for beginners or advance crafters,
but everyone is invited to join the fun.
Light refreshments will be served.
East Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 2-4pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 1: Poetry Live
Calling all poets! Featuring published
poets reading their poems each
month. Everyone is invited to share
their work during open mic immediately
following the program. Bring a friend
for an evening of rhyming that is sure
to rock. East Orange Public Library,
21 South Arlington Avenue,
East Orange. 5:30-7:30pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 2 & 3: New Voices:
Spring Awakening
The best new singing talents in New
Jersey will be showcased as students
from Paper Mill’s highly competitive
summer conservatory perform in this
professionally produced musical
extravaganza. Paper Mill Playhouse,
22 Brookside Drive, Millburn. Friday,
7:30 pm. Saturday, 1:30 and 7:30pm.
$25-$45. 973.315.4343 or
www.papermill.org
August 2 & 16: Jewelry
Making Workshop
Learn how to create some simple
beaded jewelry pieces including
bracelets, earrings and necklaces.
All of the supplies needed to learn
this fun creative hobby will be provided.
Children are welcome when
accompanied by an adult. East
Or-ange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 2:305:30pm. Register at the main library
customer service desk. Registration
fee is $3 per class; seniors 65 and
older $1.50 per class. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31:
Crafty Inspirations on
Saturday Mornings
Drop in for a quick make and take craft.
Art supplies will be provided. For juniors
through grade 7. East Orange Public
Library, 21 South Arlington Avenue,
East Orange. 10am to 12 Noon.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 4: Intro to Wheel Throwing
This one-day workshop is ideal for a
beginner who wants to learn and/or
experiment with throwing pottery
on the wheel. Montclair Museum of
Art, Yard School, 3 Mountain Avenue,
Montclair. 12 Noon to 2pm.
$50 members, $75 non-members.
973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
August 4: Intro to Digital Video
Students will work together to
create a video that they produce from
start to finish during class. Montclair
Museum of Art, Yard School, 3
Mountain Avenue, Montclair. 10am
to 4pm. $90 members, $110
non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
August 5, 12, 19 & 26:
Underground Movie Afternoons
Dig beneath the surface with a family
friendly movie about the world under
your feet. East Orange Public Library,
21 South Arlington Avenue, East
Orange. 2-4pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 7: Little Astronomer’s
Rocket Launch.
Kids can assemble and launch
their own rockets. Pre-registration
is required. Roseland Public Library,
20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland.
3pm. Free. 973.226.8636 or
www.rfplnj.org
August 13 & 20:
Creative Writing Workshop
Break your writers’ block, be inspired
and publish what you write when you
join the East Orange Public Library for
“Creative Writing Workshops.” East
Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange.
6-7:30pm. Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 13 & 27:
Tuesday Night Flicks
Newly released movies are featured
each night. Children under 13 must
be accompanied by an adult. Light
refreshments are served. East Orange
Public Library, 21 South Arlington
Avenue, East Orange. 5:30-7:30pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or
www.eopl.org
August 18: Graphic Design
Basics
Through project based learning,
students will learn the essentials
of basic Graphic Design in Adobe
InDesign, focusing on understanding
three key ideas: Composition,
Components, and Concept.
Montclair Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am to 4pm. $90 members,
$110 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
August 25: Street League Skateboarding World Championship
The 2013 SLS World Tour will feature
20 of the world’s best street skateboarders competing in an instant
scoring format on one-of-a-kind
concrete skate plazas with the largest
prize in skateboarding history at
$2 million. The Prudential Center,
25 Lafayette Street, Newark. 7 pm.
Ticket fees vary. 973.757.6500 or
www.prucenter.com
August 26-30: Intensive
Watercolor Workshop
This intensive watercolor workshop
offers the exciting opportunity to
work toward a completed painting,
large or small, or a series of studies
from a vibrant and colorful still life
arrangement that focuses on pattern,
texture, and composition. Montclair
Museum of Art, Yard School,
3 Mountain Avenue, Montclair.
10am to 3pm. $220 members,
$240 non-members. 973.253.5139 or
www.montclairmuseum.org
August 27: Anime Club
Calling all anime fans in the 4th-7th
grades! Discuss your favorite anime
and manga series, share your artwork,
create anime-inspired crafts, watch
anime screenings, learn about
Japanese culture and more. East
Orange Public Library, 21 South
Arlington Avenue, East Orange. 4-5pm.
Free. 973.266.7049 or www.eopl.org
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SummerART
July 2 through August 23
The Montclair Art Museum’s Yard
School of Art offers an extensive
summer arts program for adults, children
and teens. Our eight-week SummerART
Camp for kids is perfect for keeping
children cool and creative during the
summer break. Price varies.
ONGOING
PROGRAMS
NEWARK MUSEUM
49 Washington Street, Newark
973.596.6550
www.newarkmuseum.org
47th Annual Jazz in the Garden Series
One of the nation’s longest running
jazz festivals. Alice Ransom Dreyfuss
Memorial Garden. Thursdays, rain or
shine. 12:15-1:45pm
June 27 Newark Museum Nat Adderley, Jr. & Quartet
SOUTH ORANGE PERFORMING
ARTS CENTER
Floods Hill in Meadowlands Park,
South Orange
973.378.7754, Ext. 2223
www.thebaird.org
Outdoor Summer Concert Series,
in conjunction with The Baird Center
July 10, 17, 24, 31 & August 2
Bring family, friends, and neighbors
for a wonderful evening of eclectic
performances, dancing and food.
Major and up-and-coming performances
range from jazz, pop, rock, country,
folk, etc. (Performers will be announced
on the website for each set date.)
7:30pm. Free.
MONTCLAIR ART MUSEUM
3 South Mountain Avenue, Montclair
973.746.5555
www.montclairartmuseum.org
Park Bench
June 12, July 10, August 14
This program introduces young children
to the museum. Work on art projects,
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enjoy a guided tour of the galleries,
and listen to storytelling. 9:30-11:30am.
$6 per child, $12 adults, (Free for adult
members)
June 27
Nat Adderley, Jr. & Quartet
July 11
René Marie, singer
July 18
Ulysses Owens, Jr. (quartet, drummer)
July 25:
Duduka Da Fonseca Trio with guest
vocalist Maucha Adnet: Samba Jazz
and Jobim
August 1
Claire Daly Quartet, baritone sax
Home School
June 20 (Ages 9-13)
June 21 (Ages 4-8)
Home school families are invited
for a fun and educational afternoon
that includes a themed gallery tour
and a studio art project. Noon-2pm.
$6 per child, $12 adults.
(Free for adult member)
Closer Look Tour
June 7
Informal 20-minute gallery talks
examine one work of art. Topics change
monthly. Coincides with MAM’s Free
First Fridays. 2pm.
First Thursday Night of the Month
June 6
Enjoy a night out at the museum!
Refreshments, tours, live music, and
more! Full schedule of activities at
www.montclairartmuseum.org.
5-9pm. Free admission.
Ulysses Owens, Jr. (Quartet), drummer
performer, Newark Museum Jazz in the
Garden Series
ESSEX COUNTY FREE CONCERT SERIES
SUMMERMUSIC2013
“Essex County Free Summer Music
Concert Series offers a diverse lineup
of performers who will take center stage
throughout our historic Park System.
Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening
breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer.”
HOSTED BY
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.,
Essex County Executive
and the Board of Chosen Freeholders
and the
Department of Parks,
Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.,
Essex County Executive
FireworkS Celebrations
Live at youR Essex County Park
All performances begin at 7:30pm
All performances begin at 7pm
RICHARD REITER QUINTET 8/6
Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark
NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA & FIREWORKS 6/28
Essex County Branch Brook Park, Newark
TONY SCALLY JAZZ QUARTET 6/25
Essex County Veterans Memorial Park, Newark
PULSE JAZZ BAND 8/7
Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark
CARRIE JACKSON ALL STARS 6/26
Essex County Irvington Park, Irvington
FRANK & 3 TO CLAVE 8/13
Essex County Riverfront Park, Newark
RAY RODRIGUEZ SWING SEBROSO 6/27
Essex County Independence Park, Newark
Festivals
THE INFERNOS & FIREWORKS 7/2
(Rain date 7/3) Essex County Brookdale Park,
Bloomfield/Montclair
SOMERS DREAM ORCHESTRA 7/9
Essex County Yanticaw Park, Nutley
Essex County
Brookdale Park
All performances begin at 7:30pm
VOLORA HOWELL 7/10
Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
THE INFERNOS & FIREWORKS
7/2 (Rain date 7/3)
JUNIOR VEGA QUINTET 7/11
Essex County Riverbank Park, Newark
BRITISH POP: “LONG LIVE THE
BEATLES SHOW” 7/5
DONOVAN’S REGGAE GROUP 7/17
Essex County West Side Park, Newark
LOUIS PRIMA JR. & THE WITNESSES 7/12
AMERICAN BANDSTAND REVUE 7/23
Essex County Kip’s Castle Park, Verona
TRIBUTE TO THE BEACH BOYS:
“BEACH PARTY BOYS” 7/19
GOSPEL CONCERT 6/15 – 12pm to 5pm
Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
HOUSE MUSIC FESTIVAL 6/22
(Rain date 6/29) – 12pm to 8pm
Essex County Weequahic Park, Newark
FOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL 8/10 – 4pm to 9pm
Essex County Ivy Hill Park, Newark
LATIN FESTIVAL 8/11 – 8am to 8pm
Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
CARIBBEAN FESTIVAL 9/7 – 12pm to 7pm
Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, Orange
THE SYLISTICS 7/26
MUSIC N’ MORE 7/24
Essex County Vailsburg Park, Newark
TRIBUTE TO THE BEE GEES:
“NIGHT FEVER” 8/2
THE NEW STANDARD 7/30
Essex County Watsessing Park, Bloomfield/East Orange
GARDEN STATE CONCERT BAND 8/9
THE KOOTZ 8/1
The above listed Music Festivals are organized by
Essex County Grover Cleveland Park, Caldwell/Essex Fells community-based groups and subject to change.
MIKE GRIOT PRESENTS THE SOUTH ORANGE
INTERNATIONAL BLUES FESTIVAL
9/8 – 11am to 8pm, Essex County
South Mountain Reservation, West Orange
This program is made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Concerts are held at accessible sites. Persons who require special accommodations or assistance are asked to call the Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs
at least two weeks prior to the concert to alert staff of their needs. Call 973-239-2485.
SPONSORED BY
Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs is pleased to welcome
Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Gold Level Sponsor of the Summer Music Concert Series.
PUTTING ESSEX COUNTY FIRST For more information, please call 973-268-3500 or visit www.essexcountynj.org
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Department of Parks,
Recreation & Cultural Affairs
115 Clifton Avenue
Newark, NJ 07104
www.essexcountynj.org
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PUTTING ESSEX COUNTY FIRST
ARE YOU READY?
In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, South Arts, a non-profit regional
arts organization, launched a national initiative for preparedness in the
arts. South Arts quickly realized arts organizations had either no readiness
plans or insufficient readiness plans. This meant that organizations had to struggle
to come back after a disaster, if they were able to come back at all. Enter the
ArtsReady initiative.
ArtsReady is a web-based emergency preparedness, business continuity,
and sustainability planning tool. Their website is meant to cultivate the need
for “all hazards” readiness and provide resources to promote sustaining
business continuity. Basic Membership is free and gives arts agencies
access to the ArtsReady newsletter, updates on response, recovery and
readiness, and access to the ArtsReady Library.
“The arts community plays a vital role in our local economy and contributes
greatly to our quality of life. Just as government and business must prepare
for the future, so must our arts organizations. We encourage you to take a
look at this information and see how it can help,” Essex County Executive Joseph
N. DiVincenzo, Jr. said.
“With Hurricane Sandy in our recent past, now is the time to prepare
New Jersey’s cultural organizations for future emergencies of all kinds,”
said Kate Hartwyk, Director of the Essex County Division of Cultural and
Historic Affairs.
Preparation should include making plans for proper insurance coverage,
coordinated communications among staff, volunteers and patrons, and
a strong relationship with local safety and emergency organizations.
The Division encourages cultural organizations of all sizes to begin the
preparation process by visiting the ArtsReady website at www.artsready.org.