Montclair State University’s Peak Ambassadors Believe Arts Matter

BY  |  Friday, Mar 24, 2017 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Peak Ambassadors

Local arts organization aren’t the only ones worried about the possible elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), as proposed in President Trump’s 2018 budget plan. Students at Montclair State University care deeply as well.

Locals know that Peak Performances on the campus of MSU brings a wide range of internationally acclaimed artists and productions to the Alexander Kasser Theater for the community to enjoy. What you may not know about is a group of student arts advocates called Peak Ambassadors who help to promote the program and bring awareness of the importance of the arts on campus to the student and wider community.

Peak Ambassadors are volunteers for the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming, the hub of Peak Performances. Since 2015, this small group of student arts lovers, have created campaigns to promote the performing arts. On Monday, they joined with others across the nation to celebrate Arts Advocacy Day, with a community banner. The group  reached out to other arts groups to co-sponsor the event. They wanted to assemble the campus community to speak out. They made a banner and asked the community to sign it. As students came to participate they shared info on NEA and why this year’s it’s particularly important to support the agency.

Waverley Leun, a Peak Ambassador member and Sophomore majoring in Dance, shares the impact her arts education and experiences at MSU have had on her. Continue Reading

MAM Art Talk: Crosscurrents: Native American and American Art of the 20th and 21st Centuries

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 21, 2017 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

MAM Art Talk

The next MAM Art Talk presents Chief Curator Gail Stavitsky and artist Jeff Kahm discussing the cultural exchanges between modern and contemporary American and Native American artists from the early twentieth century to the present at MAM on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm.

Dr. Stavitsky will be providing a sneak preview of an upcoming exhibition exploring the complex relationships between historic, modern and contemporary American and Native American art and culture. Jeff Kahm is Associate Professor in the Studio Arts Department of the Institute of American Indian Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A Plains Cree artist, Kahm describes his work as “rooted in indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics.”

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East Side Mags to Host a Love is Love Comic Signing and Fundraiser

BY  |  Monday, Mar 20, 2017 3:45pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Love is Love

East Side Mags will host seven comic professionals involved with the Love is Love Anthology, which honors those killed at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, at a special signing on Saturday, March 25 from 1 pm – 6 pm.

The oversize comic mourns the victims, supports the survivors, celebrates the LGBTQ community, and examines love in today’s world. All material has donated by the writers, artists, and editors with all proceeds going to victims, survivors, and their families. East Side Mags will also be donating 5% of its total daily sales split between Equality Florida and the ACLU. They’ll also have copies of local artist/writer/comedian Patrick Reilly’s books with 100% of those proceeds going to the ACLU.

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