Creative Urban Design
May
16
1:30 PM13:30

Creative Urban Design

Outdoor spaces that are designed to foster creative activity can attract and retain more people over many hours. This can improve quality of life, economic opportunity, and freedom and belonging in your community. This workshop explores how to design outdoor spaces to achieve distinct purposes – such as performances, exhibitions, co-creation, individual creation, or meditation/inspiration. Participants will also learn how to design art-ful spaces to enhance circulation and civic engagement.

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Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Crowdmapping
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Crowdmapping

Taking stock of your existing assets and opportunities can help you do more cost-effective creative placemaking. You will learn how to read a community for ‘hidden’ creative assets and opportunity sites. You will also learn how to engage stakeholders in crowd mapping and how to build better creative placemaking strategies from your maps.

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Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Second Saturdays at the artfullbean cafe
May
11
3:00 PM15:00

Second Saturdays at the artfullbean cafe

Second Saturdays in May will be an afternoon to remember with Forget the Whale.

It’s been said, of all the things Forget the Whale has, a ‘sound’ is not one of them. It’s not that they have no sound: blues, rock, alternative, R&B, country, funk and nu-metal all become ingredients for Forget the Whale’s veritable witches’ brew.

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Open Orange 2019 - Opening Reception
May
9
6:00 PM18:00

Open Orange 2019 - Opening Reception

Join us at the opening reception for our annual juried art exhibit, Open Orange. Best in Show winner will be announced. Meet the artists and take in the art.

Participating Artists: Brian Ach, Ellis Angel, Devyn Briggs, Amanda Burns-Elhassouni, Mary Jean  Canziani, Lyman Dally, Cat Delett, Heather Drayzen, Thomas Farawell, José Fontaiña, Jeff Goldenberg, Adam Gustavson, Jennifer Hughes, Samar Hussaini, Aida Jones, Maya Just Maya, Erin Karp, Melissa Kraft, Lisa Lackey, Tanya Levina, Sue Ellen Leys, Colleen Lineberry, James Long, Jennifer Malone, David Manno, Edward Mills, Jeremy Moss, Mark Natale, Oscar Peterson, Adam Pitt, Keith Rambert, Jenny Reinhardt, Theda Sandiford, Monique Sarfity, C.a. Shofed, Jordan Thuman, Hui Tian, Joel Tidey, Ann Vollum, Iram Yeates

On exhibit through June 8, 2019. Gallery open Tue-Sat 9am-5pm.

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 Creating Community Murals
Apr
25
1:30 PM13:30

Creating Community Murals

Murals are a popular and inexpensive way to get more art in a community and to get more community members involved in art. A community mural is more than putting art on a surface; it describes ways of engaging community members in the mural making process. In this workshop, participants will learn how to identify good spaces and budget for murals, and various ways to engage stakeholders from design to implementation. Participants will also have the experience of creating a mock mural.

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Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Creating Public Art
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

Creating Public Art

A piece of public art can be a creative beacon that connects an entire community. Or it could be just another object on the sidewalk that some people, some people hate, and too many ignore. The difference often is about how it’s designed, who’s involved, and who’s making what decisions.

This workshop will help you design and develop true community-guided public art initiatives. You will learn all steps of the process, from idea creation through site selection to installation.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Second Saturdays at the artfullbean cafe
Apr
13
3:00 PM15:00

Second Saturdays at the artfullbean cafe

Grab your friends and head over to the artfullbean cafe for live acoustic music on the second Saturday of every month.

April features Rebecca Turner and Scott Anthony

Rebecca Turner's music is a beat-up valise full of Laurel Canyon postcards, filled out with New York citygirl musings and country car-radio anthems. Her novelistic folk-rock is full of vivid imagery, happy/sad chords and unusual melodies that delight. Her soprano voice rings clear when surrounded by the sounds she grew up with in '70s LA: jangly guitars, soaring pedal steel, dancing mandolin, and tight vocal harmonies; yet her songs possess a contemporary, quirky sensibility.

Performing solo or with a stage-full of her talented friends, at house concerts or on street-corners, in coffee bars or clubs, for kids and for grownups, Rebecca brings the audience along on a musical road-trip up the coast; soaring to an upbeat song, or drawing in close to watch the sun set together.

https://rebeccaturner.net

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Inspiring Minds Opening Reception
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Inspiring Minds Opening Reception

Art educators are more than just teachers - they are also artists in their own right. Join us to celebrate these talented artists who also inspire students to create!

This annual exhibit includes art educators who live or work in Essex County. We are always amazed and inspired by the breadth of creativity and talent shared by the artists — and we know you will be, too. Join us to view the work and meet the artists.

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Medicinal Marijuana + CBD Educational Event
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Medicinal Marijuana + CBD Educational Event

Third Day Hemp + ValleyArts present a Medicinal Marijuana + CBD Educational Event on Saturday, March 30, 2019 in Orange, NJ. At this event you can Stuff Your Own Hemp Pre-Roll!

My goal is to bring Medicinal Marijuana + CBD education to every city in New Jersey + beyond.

Tickets are available at https://jlexillc.com/products/medicinal-marijuana-cbd-educational-event-march-30-2019-orange-nj

If you're interested in partnering to bring this event to your town, please email me at info@jlexillc.com.

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Gourmet Tea Blending
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Gourmet Tea Blending

Led by Celeste Munford, Fermenting + Holistic Skin Food Chef, J. Lexi, LLC
$10

Design your own 2oz gourmet tea blend using organic tea leaves, herbs, botanicals, mushrooms, fruit, and more.  Blend teas for beautiful skin, detox, energy, relaxation, or to calm and soothe. You’ll learn the benefits of the ingredients to blend the perfect brew. To request ingredients or more info, contact Celeste at 973-674-7080.

Register at valleyartsnj.com/workshop-registration/


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Learn to Knit for All Ages
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Knit for All Ages

Led by Elizabeth Redwine
$10

Knitting is a great way to unplug and de-stress. Come learn basic stitches and make a scarf or cowl. You can come with your child, with a friend, or on your own, and be guided through casting on and setting up for a scarf or a cowl and get assistance through the process to the finished product. Materials included.

Register at valleyartsnj.com/workshop-registration/


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Laughter Yoga Class
Mar
16
9:00 AM09:00

Laughter Yoga Class

Led by Joan Castellano, Certified Instructor

$10

In laughter yoga   we combine laughter exercises and deep breathing with youthful playfulness and movement to connect, unwind, and ease stress . Dress comfortably. No yoga mats, sense of humor, or flexibility are necessary. Suitable for adults of all ages and abilities. Bring a bottle of water and a blanket to sit on.

Register at valleyartsnj.com/workshop-registration/


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Creative Community Workshops
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Creative Community Workshops

Creativity is for everyone and everyone is creative!

Register now for our spring Creative Community Workshop series for adults, children, and mixed ages.

9:00-10:30: Laughter Yoga - $10 (adults)
11:00-12:30: Basic Beading - $10 (kids 6+)
1:00-2:30: Learn to Knit for All Ages - $10 (all ages)

Register at valleyartsnj.com/workshop-registration/

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Designing Sites for Creativity - FREE
Mar
7
9:00 AM09:00

Designing Sites for Creativity - FREE

Join Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP for a FREE 1 1/2-hour lecture on designing sites for creativity.

Explore how to design communities and sites to encourage more creative and cultural activities. Participants will also learn how the arts can help improve navigation, safety and other issues in urban and site design.

Vazquez is a national award-winning planner who is a leader in two emerging fields in urban planning: creative placemaking and cultural competency. He has two decades of experience in community development, community engagement, small group facilitation, local economic development, leadership development and strategic communications. He has worked with a wide variety of communities in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, New York and Pennsylvania. With a strong focus on implementation and sustainability, he specializes in building leadership teams to oversee plans and raising funds to support planning and implementation efforts. In addition to his affiliation with The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Leonardo Vazquez is Director of Creative Placemaking at New Hampshire Institute of Art. He is the author of Leading from the Middle: Strategic Thinking for Urban Planning and Community Development Professionals and co-editor of Dialogos: Placemaking in Latino Communities. He has written for several professional and general interest publications, including Planetizen, Planning, Progressive Planning and The Star-Ledger. He is the recipient of the 2012 American Planning Association National Leadership Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice in Honor of Paul Davidoff. It is the highest award given in the urban planning field on issues of social equity. He received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.P.A. and M.P., both from the University of Southern California.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Fire in the Belly Artmaking Workshop
Mar
6
to Apr 10

Fire in the Belly Artmaking Workshop

Fueled by the turbulence of these times and whatever fire is in your belly, this workshop is for adults looking to experiment with mixed media on paper and make art that explores the idea of personal map-making in a very elastic way.

Using a series of prompts and a range of materials, we will engage in artmaking that prioritizes organic process and individual expression, without a predefined project or end goal. We will utilize the playful, experimental nature of the artistic process to create a series based on what we dare to imagine.

No experience necessary, all expertise welcome.
$165 for a six week session.
Register online
Wednesdays, 7-9pm
3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10

Some supplies are included. Participants should bring a 5"x7" (or similar size) sketchbook or journal, 9"x12" pad or "block" of 140 lb. mixed media or water color paper, set of at least 12 colored pencils, set of oil pastels (cray-pas are fine), and a small box full of something you have in abundance (however you interpret and define this for yourself!)

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Midwinter Supper: A Creative Culinary Adventure
Feb
22
7:00 PM19:00

Midwinter Supper: A Creative Culinary Adventure

Join us on February 22, 7-10pm, for an evening of culinary delights!

  • Five course tasting menu by local chefs at The Little Eggplant

  • Carefully curated wine selection

  • Live music with Ryan Hernandez

Tickets are $125 and proceeds support our Creative Community Workshop Series.
Purchase tickets online at: http://bit.ly/VA-midwinter-supper

Studies have shown that schoolchildren exposed to drama, music and dance are often more proficient at reading, writing, and math and that creativity reduces stress and anxiety, improves medical outcomes, and decreases negative emotions. Your support will help us offer affordable classes to the community (and also support local teaching creatives) in our Creative Community Workshop series this spring.


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Financing Creative Placemaking
Feb
14
9:00 AM09:00

Financing Creative Placemaking

There is a wide range of ways to fund creative placemaking, including grants, sponsorships and tax credits. Participants in this workshop will learn how to craft a proposal to appeal to funders of creative placemaking, and how to strengthen their arts or community and economic development programs to become creative placemaking programs. Participants will also receive an inventory of funders that support creative placemaking, and get a better understanding of what funders in this field seek from applicants. Learners will get the opportunity to review and critique mock proposals.

Register here.

Hosted by The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

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Faces of Veracity: Paintings by Christina Duarte
Jan
10
6:00 PM18:00

Faces of Veracity: Paintings by Christina Duarte

Join us at the opening reception for Christina Duarte's Faces of Veracity exhibit in the Community Gallery. 

Meet the artist, view the work, and enjoy conversation with a glass of wine.

On view through Feb 1, 2018.

Each of us has people that have impacted our lives. John Donne famously wrote, “No man is an island entire of itself.” Yet, in today’s world we are more and more isolated in our daily experiences, living “virtual” lives where we are expected to uphold a certain persona in order to achieve acceptance. This is especially true for women. Society requires us to behave in a certain way, hiding our vulnerability and true selves both for safety and social inclusion. 

The paintings I have created for Faces of Veracity show both the external mask and the internal conflicts of each individual. These are women who have greatly influenced my life and whom have gifted me with a view of their most authentic selves. I have done my best, through paint, to do them justice. In representing these two sides each individual I am creating a dialogue about women who feel the need to cover their true feelings while reflecting the current state of our culture that enforces this behavior. 

As a body of work these paintings represent a collection of narratives of strong women who are willing to allow this revelation as a platform to speak out against prejudice, sexism and the stigma of personal struggle. In the poem I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou writes, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” I am honored and privileged to be allowed to portray these stories. There are many more to be told.

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FREE Laughter Yoga Workshop
Jan
5
1:00 PM13:00

FREE Laughter Yoga Workshop

Take advantage of this FREE laughter yoga workshop and start the new year right!

Laughter yoga combines laughter exercises with childlike play, movement, eye contact, and deep breathing to connect, unwind, and let go. We boost our joy, reduce our stress and we have fun. We laugh for no reason and no sense of humor or flexibility is required! 

Some Benefits of Laughter Yoga:
- Reduces stress and increases joyfulness
- Increased Oxygen and blood flow
- Boosts Self-confidence and focus
- Strengthens connections with others
- Releases Endorphins and reduces pain
- Improves energy & mood & outlook
- Melts away negative feelings

Wear loose clothing and bring water. No Yoga mats necessary. 20 people max. Led by Joan Castellano, certified Laughter Yoga leader. For ages 12+.

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Artfull Holiday Boutique: Stocking Stuffer Saturday
Dec
22
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holiday Boutique: Stocking Stuffer Saturday

It’s STOCKING STUFFER SATURDAY at our annual Holiday Boutique! Join us for a paper plate mandala workshop led by artist Sarah Langsam at 1pm, live music with Steve Jones from 3-5pm, and fun for the whole family.

Every year, we transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22.

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Artfull Holiday Boutique Family Shopping Day
Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Artfull Holiday Boutique Family Shopping Day

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It’s FAMILY SHOPPING DAY at our annual Holiday Boutique! Join us for kids crafts, live music, and fun for the whole family. Kids can make a craft from our supplies while you shop.

Live music from 3-5pm from Paul Lombardo and Juliana Carr.

We transform the Community Gallery into creative shopping experience with one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list all from our artist and entrepreneur members. The boutique is open all December with special events planned for 12/1, 12/8, and 12/15.

Make a dent in your shopping list with unique gifts that your friends and family will love!

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