Blood Center Exhibits Teens’ Art

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SCOTCH PLAINS — The diverse artistic accomplishments of New Jersey middle and high school students is on exhibit until May 26 at the South Street Gallery, located within New Jersey Blood Services (NJBS) donor room at 2279 South Avenue in Scotch Plains.

The exhibit is on loan from Sussex County Community College which is the home of The Sussex County Teen Arts Program. Since its inception in 1969, the program’s goal has been to encourage students to explore their potential and fine-tune their talents in the fine, literary and performing arts, including vocal music, instrumental music, dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts, photography and video.

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Events throughout the year unite schools thought the state and bring together students and teachers with the finest professional artists and educators.

The annual State Teen Arts Festival includes a critiquing process by professional artists who offer students feedback on the artistic abilities and insight into the creative process in a non-competitive, encouraging forum.

According to Marie Forrestal, Director of Donor Recruitment & Retention at NJBS, the Scotch Plains donor center was designed to be much more than a facility to donate blood.

“Since it’s opening a year and a half ago, the center has become a go-to destination,” she said. “Aside from rotating exhibits, we also have a blood donor book club that meets in conjunction with the art openings. In return for a blood donation, donors who wish to participate are given a best selling novel to read and asked to meet at a discussion conducted by the book’s author, or a facilitator. Our Scotch Plains location has become a community hub and not just a blood center.”

She said that local blood and platelet donors, and area residents, are invited to stop by the center and view the Teens Art Exhibit, and to take time to donate blood and help save lives.

To donate blood, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org


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