2021 EVENTS CALENDAR
All events are VIRTUAL, FREE, and OPEN TO ALL AGES unless otherwise indicated.
Uplifting Communities in Light of Hardship
12:00 PM-1:30 PM
In partnership with the Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community Based Research & Service
Rutgers Bonner Leaders present a virtual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. Hear how local and student activists are fighting for their communities despite ongoing civil unrest and a global pandemic. Supported by Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Services & Windows of Understanding.
Tune in via YouTube Live: Click Here https://tinyurl.com/RUBonnerMLKDay
Storytime: King and Kindness
Hosted by New Brunswick Free Public Library
Families are invited to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King at this virtual story time for ages 5-12.
Metuchen Windows of Understanding Virtual Gallery Show Launch
Hosted by the Metuchen Arts Council
A virtual gallery presentation of the 15 artists in the Metuchen Library Gallery launches on this day and will remain available as a link on the Windows of Understanding Website ,the Metuchen Arts Council (MAC) website, Metuchen TV You Tube Channel and Channel 15, as well as social media outlets including the MAC Facebook page.
Healthcare Coverage Webinar
Hosted by NJ Citizen Action Education Fund and New Brunswick Free Public Library
Learn the ins and outs of Healthcare insurance with this free webinar. Learn how to apply for ACA health coverage and what to look for in a good health plan.
Spoken Word: Voices Of Understanding to Overstand
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Featuring Justan & Amiri Mitchell, Tanisha Jacobs, and Carlyle Parris
The gift of creative communication and the art of poetry have always been a major vehicle for stories to be told so experiences can be shared and understood. This spoken word event will deliver experiences as lived by the artists to raise a sense of mutual understanding toward collectively overcoming some of society's ills that sicken us all.
From Exposure to Vaccination: The Role of Structural Racism in COVID-19 Inequities
Hosted by the Rutgers School of Public Health
A lecture exploring the social and structural factors driving racial inequities in COVID-19 exposure, outcomes, and vaccine uptake over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Art & Storytime for Black History Month: “My Hands Sing the Blues”
presented by Arts Institute Middlesex County and Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
This children's event explores the artwork and life of Romare Bearden, a 20th-century American artist of African, Cherokee, and Italian descent. Enjoy a reading of “My Hands Sing The Blues” written by Jeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. After the story, we will hunt for paper scraps and create a collage from whatever you have on hand just like Bearden. We will share a variety of our favorite picture books that honor black history to enjoy this month and the whole year through!
All ages are welcome! If you have additional supplies on-hand, you can bring: a pair of scissors, glue, paper scraps, and a sheet of blank paper.
Wellness & Healing Session: ABC’s of Zen Mediation
6:00 PM-6:30 PM
Hosted by John Marron
This 30-minute session will begin with 10 minutes of introductions and explanations of breath, posture, quality attention in the here & now, non-thinking and letting go
of stress, suffering, and monkey mind.
The next 20 minutes will focus on short, distinct sessions of breath counting using visualization & body scan to embrace/let go of attachments of love, merit, body, negative emotions & states of being.
CLIMATE RELATIONS: INDIGENITY IN ACTIVISM, ART, AND DIGITAL MEDIA
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Moderated Discussion featuring Sarah Collins Rudolph
Hosted by the NAACP New Brunswick Area Branch
Sarah Collins Rudolph will discuss her spiritual journey of healing after surviving the 1963 church bombing that killed the The 4 Little Girls. The discussion will be moderated by an NAACP youth leader.
Community Conversations: Food Insecurity & Youth Engagement
Hosted by the Metuchen Human Relations Commission featuring First Presbyterian Food Pantry & Kiddie Keepwell
Engage in conversation with the Directors of the First Presbyterian Food Pantry and Kiddie Keepwell, Sarah Teti and Sarah Cruz, who will be discussing their agencies’ work in our community as they face the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and racial injustice. The corresponding artists’ work will be shown and discussed as a lens into the agencies’ missions.
Screening & Panel Discussion: "The Moral Responsibility of the Artist" by James Baldwin
In partnership with the Zimmerli Art Museum and Rutgers Global as part of Zimmerli's Art After Hours Series
Experience James Baldwin's timeless lecture "The Moral Responsibility of the Artist" followed by a panel of brief personal reflections from artists across the disciplines on the intersections of their art and social practice. Q & A to follow.
Featured Speakers: Frederick Curry, Marc Handelman, Heather Hart, Marshall Jones, and Jo-El Lopez.
Wellness & Healing Session: Intro to Yoga
Hosted by Garden of Healing
The experiences we have impact us on multiple levels. When it comes to healing, it is essential to have a perspective of addressing not only the body and mind, but also the subtle layers that dictate our view of ourselves, our lives and our relationship with life itself. We will take a look at how this comes together in similar & unique ways, how we can learn from this and work with this to bring about healing on all levels.
Instructor: Carla Haynes
Virtual two-day Symposium
presented by TheFeministArtProject, Rutgers University
TFAP@CAA 2021 Day(s) of Panels will be a two-day virtual symposium on Ecofeminisms that explores the intersection between feminism, the visual arts, and the environment to help us make sense of the fraught relationship between contemporary humans and the earth and to ponder ways forward.
Panel Discussion for Youth: Understanding of Climate Change
3:30 PM-4:30 PM
in partnership with Rutgers Climate Institute
In this special panel for youth ages 10+, three young scientists from Rutgers University will illuminate different aspects of climate change as it pertains to their research and career paths. Topics range from impact on coastal communities in NJ, climate change in New York City and its relationship to social justice, and how changing climate conditions from as far away as the Antarctic can affect us in our own communities.
Wellness & Healing Session: Sound Therapy
Hosted by SkySound Yoga
Be soothed by the tones of hand-pounded Tibetan bowls, each with their own unique sound that when played send waves of healing throughout the whole body. No experience necessary. Sound healing can be enjoyed sitting or lying. We recommend using headphones or an external speaker for the best audio experience.
Instructor: Sarah Yeung
Art Therapy Session for Artists
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
in partnership with Mason Gross School of the Arts
The coronavirus pandemic has drastically altered life as we once knew it in the modern era. It is now, maybe more than ever before, that the creative process is crucial to our overall wellbeing’s and contributing to our culture. In a time where we are more often than not spending prolonged time in our own homes, let us take time together to be mindful, explore, and create.
ToniAnn (Toni) Eisman, MA, ATR-P, CAADC, is an art therapist currently based out of Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in New Jersey, and was a member of the Mason Gross BFA class of 2017, where she concentrated in painting. She has since earned her Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling from Drexel university. She currently works in the fields of sex addiction and compulsive behaviors as well as eating disorders. When she is not working, she likes to spend her free time in her Chinatown studio space, and with her two bunny rabbits, Alabaster and Quartz.
Wellness & Healing Session: Restorative Yoga
Hosted by Sisterwork
Trauma-Sensitive Restorative Yoga (TSRY) integrates the supportive and nourishing practice of restorative yoga with an understanding of how trauma affects our body-mind systems. The practice is curated to invite a sense of safety, and balance the nervous system by eliciting the relaxation response.
In restorative yoga, you continually allow yourself to be held up by support. This often includes passively resting on props such as bolsters and blankets. The process of letting go into support encourages relaxation and the release of deeply held tension in our physical, emotional and energetic bodies. Source: Body Wise Foundation, Trauma Sensitive Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Manual, July 2020
Instructor: Sarah Lundy
Community Conversations: Public Health & Healing
Hosted by the Metuchen Human Relations Commission featuring the Metuchen First Aid Squad and Women Aware
Discussion will focus on illuminating the timely work of the Metuchen First Aid Squad and Women Aware of New Brunswick. The featured artists interpreting those agencies missions include Dominique Brancato, Lauren Rabinowitz, Luciana Mallozzi, Martina Hanna, Amalya Sherman and Janice Fried.
Community Conversations: Climate Change
Hosted by the Metuchen Human Relations Commission featuring the Edison Greenways Group
In observance of Earth Day, this discussion will explore the mission of the Edison Greenways Group through the eyes of artists Laura Curtis, Maja Opacic and Mickey Waring.