NJPAC Hosts “Arts Take Action: Sandy One Year Later”

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When Hurricane Sandy came ashore, it broke up the boardwalk at Seaside Heights and left the roller coaster in the ocean. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

When Hurricane Sandy came ashore, it broke up the boardwalk at Seaside Heights and left the roller coaster in the ocean. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

NEWARK – NJPAC and The Star-Ledger will mark the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29 with a unique evening of reflection through live performances, visual arts and discussion. Open to the public without charge, Arts Take Action: Sandy One Year Later is another in the Conversations at NJPAC social action series introduced last year at the arts center.

The multi-media remembrance of the devastation wrought by Sandy and the past year of recovery will include live performances by some of the state’s leading arts organizations, a documentary film and an insightful panel of prominent New Jersey arts leaders, moderated by Star-Ledger reporter Brian Donohue.

New works commissioned by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s NJ Recovery Fund to create artistic responses to Sandy will be performed by the Atlantic City Ballet, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, among others. A documentary, Splinters and Sand, written and produced for The Star-Ledger by Donohue, will also be screened.

The panel discussion about future policy and action within both the arts community and New Jersey at large will include audience participation at NJPAC and live exchange via social media in real time (using hashtag #sandyarts). Arts Take Action panelists, in addition to Donohue, include: Gabor Barabas, executive producer, New Jersey Repertory Company; Mary Eileen Fouratt, Executive Director of Monmouth County Arts Council; Restaurateur Tim McLoone, founder of Holiday Express; and visual artist Roddy Wildeman.

Up to two free tickets to the NJPAC Conversations event at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 may be reserved on line at www.njpac.org/sandy. Tickets reserved by October 19 will be mailed. Tickets ordered after October 19 will be held at the box office for pickup with photo ID the night of the performance.

 


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