2022
EVENTS CALENDAR

All events are VIRTUAL, FREE, and OPEN TO ALL AGES unless otherwise indicated.

Artists Facing State Repression: A virtual panel discussion

Wednesday, March 23 at 4:00 PM

This panel is comprised of artists from around the globe who have faced state repression first-hand as a consequence of political beliefs informing their artistic practices, and those who seek to defend them. It is inspired by the Angela Davis: Seize the Time exhibition currently on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum. 

Moderated by Elvis Fuentes, Dodge Lawrence Graduate Fellow at the Zimmerli Art Museum

Register Here

Featured Panelists: 

Steve Kurtz

Steve Kurtz (Professor Emeritus) is a founding member of Critical Art Ensemble. CAE is an award-winning collective of artists of various specializations—including digital imaging and web design, wetware, film/video, photography, text art, book art, installation, and performance—dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, political activism, and critical theory. For more than three decades CAE has produced and exhibited art around the world that examines questions surrounding information and communication technology, biotechnologies, and ecological and environmental struggle. CAE has written eight books on cultural resistance, the latest being Aesthetics, Necropolitics, and Environmental Struggle. Their writings appear in more than 20 languages.

 

Hamlet Lavastida

Hamlet Lavastida artist (* 1983 in Havana/Cuba) is a political activist by way of his art. This provocative, boundary-pushing artist thrives on highlighting the distinctly Cuban spirit of cultural resistance. His work arose from the need to create an objective criterion for certain hidden areas of the implementation, administration and functioning of state political practices in Cuba. Central to Lavastida's artistic practice is the appropriation of texts, images and symbols, as well as political speeches and ideological terminologies, which he questions critically within the framework of his work. The relevant factor is their reinterpretation using the same or a similar format to that in which they were originally created revealing the absurdity of these historic brands and at the same time examines and demystifies the tools of propaganda. Issues such as cultural policy, design, public sphere, archaeology and historiography are addressed from different media such as video, collages, performances, public interventions and installations. Hamlet’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Artium Museum in Spain, the Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Poland, and the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany.

 

Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky, representing Artists at Risk

ARTISTS at RISK (AR) is a non-profit network institution at the intersection of human rights and the arts. AR is dedicated to mapping the field of persecuted art practitioners, facilitating their safe passage from their countries of origin, hosting them at AR-Residencies, and curating related projects, including the AR Pavilion.

Presented by The Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, the Zimmerli Art Museum, and Windows of Understanding.

ENVISIONING PEACE IN OUR BELOVED COMMUNITY

Monday, January 17 from 12:00-1:00 PM

The Rutgers Bonner Leader Students present a virtual program featuring performances and a discussion with community leaders on how we can promote peace in our community.
 

Watch the Recording Here

 

Presented in partnership with the Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Engaged Learning & Research

VIRTUAL FILM SCREENING WEEK

Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Y. Davis and Yuri Kochiyama

Monday, January 17 at 12:00 AM to Sunday, January 23 at 11:59 PM

Thirteen years, two radical activist all-stars, one conversation.


Internationally renowned scholar, professor, and writer Angela Davis and grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama spent over a decade

conversing intimately about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their overlapping experiences in Mountains That Take Wing: Angela Y. Davis and Yuri Kochiyama, A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation.


MOUNTAINS THAT TAKE WING offers the gift of these two remarkable women’s lives, sharing the pair’s recorded exchanges in 1996 and 2008. The film’s unique format honors the scope and depth of their knowledge on topics ranging from Jim Crow laws and Japanese American internment camps, to Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s and gay liberation movements, to today’s campaigns for political prisoners and prison reform. Intercut with compelling period footage, Davis and Kochiyama’s cogent observations, keen analyses, and steadfast resolve to create a more equitable, humane world offer inspiring lessons in empowerment and community building for current and future generations.


Access the Film Here

Hosted by the Zimmerli Art Museum

HOW TO GET STARTED EATING RIGHT & EXERCISING

Tuesday, January 18 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM

Join your neighbors in a virtual conversation about eating right and exercising for better health with Lauren Karpinski, Health and Fitness Manager at JFK for Life. All are welcome! RSVP to valeri84@hpplnj.org

Zoom Link

Hosted by Highland Park Public Library in partnership with Highland Park Community Center; presented by Hackensack Meridian Health Outreach Programs.

BE YOU! WORKSHOP

Tuesday, January 18 at 4:00 PM

Listen to stories and make your own journal celebrating what is special about you! K-6 children are invited to join online or in person.

RSVP Here

Hosted by New Brunswick Free Public Library

 

LIVING A HIP HOP & ABOLITIONIST LIFE: A PRESENTATION AND CONVERSATION WITH DR. BETTINA LOVE 

Thursday, January 20 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Dr. Love will discuss how Hip Hop Civics Ed, when linked to the framework of intersectionality and Abolitionist Teaching, creates a space where Black lives matter and analytic sensibilities are nurtured to engage youth in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. Presented as part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Series. 

RSVP Here

Hosted by the Rutgers University Cultural Center Collaborative

BE SMART PRESENTATION

Wednesday, February 2 at 7:30 PM

The Be SMART framework is designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety and take responsible actions that can prevent child gun deaths and injuries. Join us as we discuss how all responsible adults can work together to reduce suicides and unintentional shootings that occur when children gain access to an unsecured firearm. The five easy steps in this Be SMART presentation can keep our kids safer and save lives!
 

RSVP Here

Hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

ART OF A HEALTHY MIND VIRTUAL PAINTING WORKSHOP

Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 PM

In this interactive virtual painting workshop, participants will paint their own personal Zen Garden on canvas. The program is free and open to all ages and all supplies will be provided. Workshop will be led by Dontae Muse, owner and creative director of Above Art Studios.
 

Registration is required.

Register Here or at the library’s Reference Desk (phone: 732-745-5108 x20).

 

Once you register for the workshop, a Zoom link will be provided to
you to join the live session, and library staff will contact you to arrange supply pick-up.

Hosted by Windows of Understanding and the New Brunswick Free Public Library

MINDFUL MINUTE FEATURING CHARU BAKSKI

Thursday, February 10 at 6:00 PM

Join us on Instagram Live. Take a moment to enter a brief 10 minute mindfulness practice! IG Lives are open to first responders and anyone interested in attending.

 

Featuring Charu Bakski @soulely2020

Hosted by Solely Inner Strength Studio and Highland Park Arts Commission.

HAVING CHEST PAIN? IS IT REALLY A HEART ATTACK?

Tuesday, February 15 at 11:00 AM -12 PM

Carole Schoenberger, RN, Community Outreach Nurse, explains how to recognize serious chest pains at this important program about heart health. Learn more about how to recognize signs of a potential heart attack in yourself or loved ones. RSVP to valeri84@hpplnj.org

Zoom Link

Hosted by Highland Park Public Library in partnership with Highland Park Community Center, presented by Hackensack Meridian Health Outreach Programs.

Opportunities for Advancing Environmental Justice

Tuesday, February 15 at 6:30 -7:30 PM

Featuring Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq. Director, Center for the Urban Environment of the John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research at Kean University.  Dr. Sheats will discuss Environmental Justice work, impact to our communities, and New Jersey's new Environmental Justice Law. 

Register Here

Hosted by the NAACP New Brunswick Area Branch

MINDFUL MINUTE FEATURING JOHN MARRON

Thursday, February 17 at 6:00 PM

Join us on Instagram Live. Take a moment to enter a brief 10 minute mindfulness practice! IG Lives are open to first responders and anyone interested in attending.

 

Featuring John Marron @marronzola

Hosted by Solely Inner Strength Studio and Highland Park Arts Commission.

MINDFUL MINUTE FEATURING SARAH YEUNG

Thursday, February 24 at 6:00 PM

Join us on Instagram Live. Take a moment to enter a brief 10 minute mindfulness practice! IG Lives are open to first responders and anyone interested in attending.

 

Zoom program featuring Sarah Yeung @skysoundyoga

Hosted by Solely Inner Strength Studio and Highland Park Arts Commission.

COMMUNITY CONVERSATION

Thursday, March 10 at 7:00 PM

The Metuchen Arts Council and the Metuchen Human Relations Commission present this community-based education program highlighting the 2022 Windows of Understanding themes. This session will include the artists who created the works along with their partner organizations featured in the Metuchen Windows of Understanding display. Metuchen Mayor, Jonathan Busch, will be a special guest.

View Here on Facebook Live

Hosted by the Metuchen Arts Council and Metuchen Human Relations Commission.