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Helen Cantrell / Gallery Opening July 14

Helen Cantrell / Gallery Opening July 14

Helen Cantrell
Rotunda Gallery
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
JC, NJ 07302

artist reception:
Tuesday, July 14, 6-8pm.

Greg Brickey

Posted on: 2009/7/13 18:07

Gallery Opening Thursday June 11

Gallery Opening Thursday June 11

The Hudson Artists of New Jersey Inc.
City Without Walls Metro 26 Show

June 8-30
Reception Thursday June 11, 6-8pm
Rotunda Gallery
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
JC, NJ 07302

Greg Brickey 201-547-4333

Posted on: 2009/6/10 19:54



5/27th: Wednesday's Block Party, Ward E will be held at The Boys and Girls Club (one Canal Street between Grove & Grand Street) 5:30pm-8pm

5/28th: Thursday's Block Party, Ward F will be held at The Mary McLeod Bethune Center (140 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive) 5:30pm - 8pm

Posted on: 2009/5/27 14:55

Jersey City’s 35th Annual Cultural Arts Festival

Dear Friend:

On behalf of Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy, the Division of Cultural Affairs cordially invites you to participate in Jersey City?s 35th Annual Cultural Arts Festival. The festival is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 1:00 pm to 7:00pm at Liberty State Park in the Central Railroad Terminal.

Jersey City?s Annual Cultural Arts Festival is recognized as one of New Jersey?s premier cultural events! The festival showcases hundreds of the region?s most talented professional artists, craftspeople and performers in addition to offering a wide variety of ethnic foods and fun for the entire family.

To qualify as a vendor or artist in the 2009 Jersey City Cultural Arts Festival, please complete the enclosed application and return NO LATER THAN May 25, 2009 to: Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs
Cultural Arts Festival
City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Room #B8
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Table number, parking pass, and arrival time will be mailed to artists and venders after return of completed Cultural Arts festival application.

For more information, please contact the following Cultural Affairs employees for assistance:
Call Alex Perez, Recreation Aide at (201)547-6570, or Lance Jackson, Recreation Aide at (201)547-6554

Call Greg Brickey, Art Curator at (201)547-4333

Call Cliff Perkins, Special Events Coordinator at (201)547-4327

Call Manny Muria, Asst. Recreation Supervisor at (201)547-4322

Call Gene Flannelly, Recreation Aid at (201)547-4925

Posted on: 2009/5/20 18:30

Re: Friday May 15th: The Sirens sounding are only a TEST! (9 a.m. and 4 p.m.)

On Friday, May 15, 2009, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Hudson County Office of Emergency Management will be testing emergency alert sirens throughout the county. We have several locations in Jersey City. Residents may hear a loud siren at one or more times during the day, and should not be alarmed. This is NOT an emergency, but only a test. For more information, please visit the city website at

Posted on: 2009/5/14 18:18

NEA Announces Recovery Grants to Support Arts Jobs

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released their grant guidelines for applying for economic stimulus and job recovery arts funds. The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act provides $50 million to support jobs in the arts through NEA grants.

On the NEA Recovery webpage,, the new guidelines provide application dates, eligibility criteria and potential project outlines. In order to get money out to the arts field as quickly as possible, the NEA is fast-tracking the process. The deadline for applying for the direct grants is April 2, 2009, with grants being awarded as early as July 1, 2009. These direct grants will be available to arts organizations as non-matching one-time grants of $25,000 or $50,000. Local arts agencies are provided $100,000 or $250,000 for re-granting activities.

One immediate issue of concern is that the NEA is requiring that any applicant for the direct grants must have received an NEA grant within the last four years. The agency has set this requirement as a result of direction from the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB). OMB has recommended obligating funds to existing award recipients as a method of ensuring that the applicant pool can be considered quickly and to ensure quality. Complete details on applicant eligibility and the rest of the recovery grant program are available on the NEA's Recovery website

If you have any questions, please contact Tom McClimon on the Conference staff at: or 202-861-6729.


Posted on: 2009/3/6 20:34

Sustainable Cities Conference

Mayor Healy Hosts Second Sustainable Cities Conference

Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and members of the Municipal Council will host Jersey City?s Second Sustainable Cities Conference, from 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m., Monday, March 9th , 2009, at the Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., founder and President of the Waterkeeper Alliance, will deliver the Keynote Address. Widely known for his environmental work, Mr. Kennedy also serves as the Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper and as a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law?s Environmental Litigation Clinic. Mr. Kennedy?s New York City Watershed Agreement is regarded as an international model in stakeholder consensus negotiations and sustainable development.

The Conference will also feature a panel of regional experts including Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr., Regional Plan Association Executive Director Tom Wright, New Jersey Sustainable State Institute Director Randall Solomon, and U.S. Green Building Council of New Jersey Executive Director Florence Block.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration for the Sustainable Cities Conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. Space for the Conference is limited and those wishing to attend are encouraged to please R.S.V.P. with Nancy McCarthy at GOGREEN@JCNJ.ORG or by calling 201-547-4943 no later than March 6, 2009. Refreshments will be served before and after the Conference

Posted on: 2009/2/27 15:24

Gallery Opening Tuesday, 6-8pm

Black History Month Group Exhibition
February 4-28
reception Tuesday 10, 6-8pm

Rotunda Gallery
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Darin Defield
Adam Tharpe
Michael Dubose
Gerald Glover
Ibou Ndoye
Joseph Gilmore
Anthony Charlemagne
Papa Gora Tall


Hudson County School of Technology Student Show

John Babchak
Robert Calcano
Nijia Casillas
Andrew Castillo
Fabian McCall
Emmanuell Molina
Ruby Montanez
Darrell Reid
Jason Robles
Aramis Ross
Bilial Steed
Jorge Velazquez
Jarvis Weaver
Anthony Weber

Greg Brickey 201-547-4333

Posted on: 2009/2/9 21:53

Artist reception Tuesday, December 9, 6-8pm

New work by by Suchita Jain
Artist reception Tuesday, December9, 6-8pm.

Also on display:

Victory Arts Projects presents:
vap's universechild project: linking kids around the world through art

Draw Me Your Story: An exhibition of drawings by students from Ps 3 School, Jersey City and Public Schools in Cotagaita, Bolivia.

Rotunda Gallery
City Hall, 280 Grove Street, JC, NJ 07302
Info: Greg Brickey, 201-547-4333

Suchita Jain-
James Pustorino - or

Posted on: 2008/12/8 19:42

Call for Artists

Call for Artists

York Street Project Chalk Fest

contact: Cathy Nichols, 201-547-4326

ChalkFest is a sidewalk chalk art festival featuring the children of The Nurturing Place, York Street Project's child development center for homeless and homeless-transitioned children (aged 4 months - 6 years).

The 5' x 7' mural spaces, which are outlined across the Plaza floor, are sponsored by individuals, businesses, corporations, religious groups, and civic organizations. Approximately 75 children will unleash their creative talents with the help of local artists and volunteers from area businesses.

Music and games will be provided by WKTU. Sister Kristin Funari, Executive Director, and her team of volunteers will be manning the refreshment carts and giving away hot dogs, ice cold beverages, and Italian Ices.

The more than 500 lunchtime patrons expected are encouraged to learn more about The Project and the many ways they can help our families directly or through the workplace.

Admission for the general public is free, but donations are gratefully appreciated. Limited Edition T-Shirts also will be available for purchase. All proceeds will directly support York Street Project's programs to help women and children break the cycle of poverty.

For sponsorship opportunities, to make a donation, or for general information visit . or call 201-451-8225.

Posted on: 2008/7/9 15:36

Gallery Opening Tuesday July 8, 6-8PM

Gallery Opening Tuesday July 8, 6-8PM


also on display:


Rotunda Gallery
City Hall, 280 Grove Street
info: Greg Brickey 201-547-4333

Posted on: 2008/7/7 20:26

Open Call for Curators

Open Call for Curators:
Curated Anchor Shows for the 2008 Jersey City Artists Studio

The Pro Arts Exhibitions Committee and the Jersey City Division of
Cultural Affairs are seeking innovative and compelling curatorial
project proposals for the 18th annual Jersey City Artists Studio Tour.
We anticipate having a number of exhibition spaces available at
several sites throughout Jersey City including Canco Lofts.
Proposals featuring work in all media are welcome.

?Submit your theme, with title and a clear description of the range of
work you plan to consider to:
?Please include visuals if possible.
?Include your art resume and contact information.
?Indicate in your proposal if you have a specific space in mind or are
interested in a small or large, raw or finished space.

Submissions are due by June 10th, 2008. No exceptions.
Pro Arts will offer mini-grants up to $300 for curators to be awarded
at the completion of shows. A card for the program of shows (not for
individual shows) will be provided. Additional needs normally are not
covered but can be discussed. There will be a fee of $15 for each
participating artist, which will help cover operational and opening
costs (this does not include the $20 registration fee for the Studio

Although Pro Arts will offer some administrative support, the
curators will be the primary coordinators to their show.
For example, curators will be expected to:
? Create open call, select and inform all artists, forward exhibition contracts,
collect fees, secure delivery/pick-up of artworks, install and de-install exhibition.
? Provide a binder of information to display at exhibition.
This should include all pricing information and how to contact each artist.
? Write Press Release
? Communicate with Pro Arts and maintain deadlines.
? Curators may also be required organize gallery sitting at their exhibition,
depending on the allotted space.

General information about the shows: The shows will be part of the
Jersey City Artists Studio Tour on Oct. 4th and 5th from noon to 6pm.
Last year's Studio Tour featured the work of nearly 500 artists at one
hundred venues and we are hoping for another vibrant arts weekend.
Exhibitions should also be open two Saturdays before and two Saturdays
after the Tour weekend where possible.

Last year, the Tour Kick-Off celebration took place at Canco Lofts and
brought over 1,500 visitors. See last year's opening in a video by Colin
Comstock at: ... -tour-2007-kickoff-party-

Posted on: 2008/5/21 15:16

Re: Joan Moore

Remembering Joan Moore

Deputy cultural affairs director was community activist, artist
Ricardo Kaulessar
Reporter staff writer

Longtime Jersey City resident Joan Moore was not one person, but many different people to those who knew her.

To Jeni Branum, who once lived near Moore in the Hamilton Park area, she was a neighborhood fixture who founded the Hamilton Park festival, held each June.

"Very friendly, getting along with people, and always had her little dog," Branum said.

And she always lived in the Hamilton Park area, whether she was living in her own house or renting. Hamilton Park was always in her heart."

To Maryanne Kelleher-Arango, her colleague in the city's Cultural Affairs division where Moore had worked for 10 years, she was a friend and a professional who brought an artist's sensibility and public servant's commitment to her work.

"Joan was the first person to handle a walk-in who came into our office to ask us questions, and she was great with the public," Kelleher said. "She never forgot that she worked for the taxpayers of the city."

Kelleher continued, "Her death was a devastating blow to all of us who worked with her."
Service to come

Moore, 65, died on April 25 in Christ Hospital in Jersey City after battling an illness for some time. She lived in the Bronx for 10 years before moving to Jersey City in 1978.

She was director of graphic design for Mobil Oil for 15 years before working as deputy director of cultural affairs in Jersey City.

Surviving her are her partner, Audrey Snitkin; a son, Gary Snitkin; and a daughter, Sheryl Snitkin.

A memorial service will be held for Moore on Friday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Plaza Funeral Home, 445 Monmouth St. in Jersey City.

In lieu of flowers, the public can make donations to the: Joan Moore Art for Kids Memorial Program c/o JC Division of Cultural Affairs, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, JC, NJ 07302.
Artist and public servant
Moore was the deputy director of cultural affairs, having worked for the city for more than a decade organizing festivals, art openings, and other events.

Moore was first hired by the Division of Cultural Affairs in 1998 to create the souvenir journal for the opening of Biblioteca Criolla, Jersey City's first Hispanic Library.

Before working for the city, Moore was a graphic designer and advertising manager for companies including Mobile Oil Corporation, T.J. Holt & Company, Wayne Grayson Advertising, Welton Becket & Associates, Admaster Prints, and Western Electric.

She studied at the High School of Art & Design in New York City and the New York Technical Institute, and the Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts.

Moore's advertising experience and arts education served her well in her position at the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs.

She was a ubiquitous presence. If she wasn't helping to organize the city's Annual Artists' Studio Tour promoting various artists and their work, she was presiding over the Martin Luther King Oratory Contest, where grade school children would recite the speeches of the late civil rights leader.

"She believed so much in the mission of what we were doing in this office, which was to spread arts and culture across the city" Kelleher said. "Joan must have met with more ethnic and social groups than I ever knew."

But Kelleher said knowing Moore, she thinks Moore would like to be remembered as "first and foremost an artist."

Before her death, Moore had planned to implement a program of arts classes on Saturdays for children.

Kelleher said Cultural Affairs is planning to move forward on Moore's Saturday art class idea.
Comments on this story can be sent to

Posted on: 2008/5/5 15:59

Re: Joan Moore

Dear Friends & Co-Workers,

The family of Joan Moore has asked that we pass on the following information to all who wish to attend her memorial service:

A memorial service will be held for Joan Moore on Friday, May 9th from 10am to 12pm at:

The Plaza Funeral Home
445 Monmouth St
Jersey City
New Jersey 07302
Phone: (201) 333-7171

'In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the: 'Joan Moore Art for Kids Memorial Program'. Mail your donation to the JC Division of Cultural Affairs, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, JC, NJ 07302.'

The wish of Joan's family is to honor her memory by establishing a memorial fund for something near and dear to Joan's heart. So, together, we are in the process of establishing this memorial fund in Joan's name.

We are so pleased about this, as we know it will allow Joan's work to live on in her absence. What a tribute!

Thank you so much!

Regards to all,

Maryanne & The JC Division of Cultural Affairs Staff

Maryanne Kelleher-Arango
City Hall
280 Grove Street
JC, NJ 07302
PH: 201-547-6921
FAX: 201-547-4331

Posted on: 2008/5/1 19:56

Joan Moore

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This morning, following the bereavement notice about our friend and colleague, Joan Moore, the phones have been non-stop with well wishers from around the City who want to offer their condolences to us. We cannot tell you how much the thoughts and prayers of all of our co-workers mean to us at this time.

Joan Moore has been a part of the Cultural Affairs family for over ten years. She will be sorely missed and we all have heavy hearts today.

For all those who have inquired about the arrangements for Joan, please be advised that her family has contacted us this morning to inform us that she will be cremated this weekend.
A service will be planned by the family in a few weeks. We will keep you posted on those developments.

In the meantime, please indulge us as we take a few moments to remember our friend.

Before serving the City of Jersey City, Joan enjoyed a tremendous career as a graphic designer and advertising manager for companies including Mobile Oil Corporation, T.J. Holt & Company, Wayne Grayson Advertising, Welton Becket & Associates, Admaster Prints and Western Electric.

She studied at the High School of Art & Design in NY and the New York Technical Institute, the Parsons School of Design, School of Visual Arts.
Joan's advertising experience and education served her well in her position here at the Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs

She was hired by Cultural Affairs in 1998 to create the souvenir journal for the opening of Biblioteca Criolla, Jersey City's first Hispanic Library.
Since that time, Joan Moore has served the City of Jersey City as an event planner, art curator, designer, and most recently the Deputy Director of the Division of Cultural Affairs.
Over these ten years, Joan has touched the lives of so many, not only fellow City employees, but countless constituents from the art and cultural community of Jersey City.
In all her years of service, Joan always kept foremost in her mind the fact that our primary function was to work for and extend the utmost respect to the constituents of this great City.

She was an exemplary crusader for the people, a proponent of human rights for all, a lover of the arts and culture and a friend to all who crossed her path.
Today, Jersey City has lost one of it's champions and we mourn that, but at the Division of Cultural Affairs we intend to celebrate her life.

She spent a decade celebrating the lives and events of others & we feel that is what she would want most of all.

Thank you for remembering Joan.

From her extended Jersey City Division of Cultural Affairs Family,

We love you Joan!

Maryanne Kelleher-Arango
Greg Brickey
Cliff Perkins
Connie Bolger
Cathy Deadwyler
Cathy Nichols
Manny Murria
Gene Flannelly
Alex Perez
Lance Jackson
Jamie Vasquez
Charlie Sampson
David 'Scooby' Sanchez
Indigo McCoy
Jenny Lu
& all the young seasonal who work for Cultural Affairs

Posted on: 2008/4/25 17:36




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