Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced that students from across New Jersey have received prestigious awards for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 91-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, for which the Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor in New Jersey, the sixth year MAM has served in this capacity. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art.
MAM is one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At MAM, more than 30 jurors, made up of artists, curators, and educators, participated in a series of panels, reviewing 4,500 submissions.
Awareness of teen dating violence and the message “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” was brought to Montclair High School in February through the efforts of two active student clubs, the Key Club and Sisters on the Runway.
In cooperation with LoveIsRespect.org, the Key Club organized the signing of a student pledge in the main cafeteria and hung posters displaying the startling statistics about dating abuse. Students were asked to sign pledges of respect and appropriate conduct including to, “never hurt my girlfriend/boyfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally,” and “not to be controlling or manipulative.” The pledges are currently on display in the main building hallway.
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler, founding members of the acclaimed rock band The Hold Steady, will take part in an open house event at School of Rock Montclair on Sunday, March 2.
Noted for their lyrically dense storytelling and loud, righteous guitars, The Hold Steady debuted on the Brooklyn music scene in 2000. They were featured on the cover of the Village Voice in 2005 (the first band to do so in 15 years) and were voted Blender’s “Band of the Year” in 2006. Their songs and albums have been selected as being among the year’s best in 2005, 2006, and 2008 – and were included in the Top Tracks of the 2000s – by America’s top music critics, including the influential music site Pitchfork.
The Montclair High School Dance Company will take the stage from Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 2.
The annual concert features a diverse group of 50 accomplished dancers performing premieres and repertoire pieces in a wide range of dance genres, from ballet to hip hop. The show continues the established tradition of excellence in what has become the most widely attended artistic event of the Montclair High School season.
This year’s show is titled “Acknowledging the Past, Embracing the Future.”
Jazz House Kids, a nationally acclaimed, community-based arts organization in Montclair, that has brought innovative jazz education, music instruction and performance to more than 35,000 students, took top honors at the prestigious Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City this weekend.
The Jazz House Big Band won first place in the Big Band-Specialized Schools and Programs category, and the Jazz House Messengers, which competed in the Combo category for Specialized Schools and Programs, received the Spirit Award for its passionate performance that got right to the true essence of Charles Mingus’ music.
Additionally, Outstanding Soloist Awards were presented to six Jazz House Kids students: trombonist Coleman Hughes, drummer Cameron MacIntosh, saxophonist Zoe Obadia, guitarist Rahsaan Pickett, pianist Isaiah Thompson and trumpeter Liam Werner.
In a film titled Generation Like, last night’s Frontline took a look at social media and asked the question “Are You What You “Like”?
Social media and what it means for young people was the focus and shows how self-esteem is now tied into the approval of peers on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites, where kids compete to see how many “likes” a new photo or post can achieve. Also explored is the relationship of teens to the marketers behind social media.
Eight Montclair teens were featured and filmed at one of the girl’s homes in town.
The results are not exactly “Like” worthy.
Douglas Rushkoff, Generation Like correspondent explains:
The Civics and Government Institute (CGI) of Montclair High School will be host the annual African American Achievement Dinner on February 27 in the Atrium of the George Innes Annex. The community dinner will honor the achievements of The Brother to Brother Program, The Sister to Sister Program, and Petal Robertson, a MHS teacher, for their work in Montclair’s African American community.
The African American Achievement Dinner/Scholarship fund was created by two CGI students, Henry Johnson and Crystal Hopkins, back in 2005. The dinner honored a person in the MHS community whose work and efforts were creating positive change in the African American community. After a few years, the students began honoring an individual within MHS and a community organization.
The Bloomfield High School Winter Musical production of Once Upon a Mattress will warm hearts at the end of this cold winter when the curtain rises beginning with a special preview performance for senior citizens on February 26 and through March 2 for general audiences.
A musical comedy with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, “Once Upon a Mattress” is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale The Princess and the Pea. Mattress opened Off-Broadway in May of 1959, moved to Broadway the following year, and ran for 244 performances. The production was nominated for a Tony award for Best Musical of 1960, and launched the career of the comedian Carol Burnett, who played the lead on Broadway and in a subsequent live television production in 1964.
The Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center will be host another series of sports art drawing classes conducted by award-winning pencil artist Jerry Winick beginning on February 16.
The classes are designed for kids ages 7-12, and will be held on four consecutive Sundays, beginning on the 16. Winick, who has won more than 300 awards for his drawings, has been teaching children’s art for more than 20 years. His drawings are on display in several metropolitan area museums, including the Yogi Berra Museum & Learning Center, and he is also the owner of Pencilworks Studio in Little Falls, NJ.
In a long-standing tradition, Montclair High School (MHS) seniors will have an opportunity to participate in the school’s Career Internship Program (CIP) during their final four weeks of high school.
The CIP allows students in good academic and disciplinary standing to explore areas of interest at a career-focused placement in a business or through community-service, completion of a technical or college course outside of school, or a mentoring arrangement with a former teacher.