- Shelter Opening Event
- September 18, 2021 12:00-2:00PM
- Registration Link
- A public outdoor event to celebrate art and community, with free food and live performance. “In an age of pandemic, what does it mean to shelter in place when you have no shelter?” Creative projects included in this exhibition were commissioned by coLAB Arts and SHELTER in response to the experiences of vulnerable community members impacted by the pandemic. The exhibition also includes original work created by sheltered community members. The exhibition will be publicly accessible from the Seminary courtyard through December 20, 2021.
All are welcome to a public event on Saturday, September 18, 2021 celebrating the opening of the SHELTER Project’s public art installation, featuring community-based arts around the theme of Shelter. The installation will transform the courtyard-facing glass windows of New Brunswick Theological Seminary into displays of public art. Mixed media submissions explore elements of housing and home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and build upon the experiences of participants of the Shelter project, a collaborative direct service project of New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Rutgers University, coLAB Arts, and the Affordable Housing Corporation of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, made possible by generous funding of the Henry Luce Foundation. Creative projects included in this exhibition were commissioned by SHELTER in response to the experiences of vulnerable community members impacted by the pandemic. The exhibition also includes original work created by community members housed or assisted by the project.
Live Performances on September 18 will include:
- Original Choreography and solo performance by Dr. Alessandra Williams, Mason Gross School of the Arts-Department of Dance
- RARITAN, a new 10-minute play by Lane Michael Stanley, featuring Brian O'Neill
We will also celebrate the beginning of our 6-part podcast, co-produced by Scott Gurian (NPR, “Far From Home” podcast) and our own Diana Molina (Rutgers English). The first episode will drop on the 18th.
The event will highlight resources for involvement and advocacy through the direct services organizations involved in the Shelter project. The launch is a public outdoor event, and in concern for public health, attendees are asked to maintain social distancing and wear facemasks.
Food will be catered by Mercado Esperanza @mercadoesperanzanb.
We will be accepting packaged, shelf stable goods on behalf of Middlesex County Food Organization and Outreach Distribution Services.