Note from our WAE Center Director

Dan Fenelon, a professional artist based in Morristown, NJ, (www.danfenelon.com), talks about his background and his experience collaborating with WAE Center members on “When Chairs Fly,” one of the Chairs of Inclusion. What is your education and background as an artist?I was educated at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and have been a working artist for 25 years.  I’ve done 17 one-man shows. What inspires you?Modern Art, Tribal Art, Street Art How would you describe your artistic style and your process? Urban Tribal. Multi-disciplined. What initially inspired your Chair concept?I wanted the chair to be uplifting and spiritually inspired. What was your experience working at the WAE Center on your Chair?I enjoyed working with everyone on my […]

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Each WAE Center member who participated in the Chairs of Inclusion project had a unique experience. Here’s what a few of our members have shared with us. Jack, one of our poets, worked with artist Yvette Lucas on the Care Chair. For this chair, our members were invited to write what they would say to someone who sits in the chair, so that person would feel nurtured. Yvette photographed and then transferred their words to cloth, which was then used to upholster the arms and seat of the chair. Jack says, “I love poetry and I LOVED this chair. I wrote, ‘I hope you find love and passion and that you cuddle with someone you love in this chair.’ ” The Care […]

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The Chairs of Inclusion concept was born about four years ago, when a group of women from Jewish Federation visited the WAE Center to learn about our program. JSDD’s WAE Center was founded on the belief and knowledge that each individual possesses the potential for creating a meaningful life, a process we call “Finding the Spark Within.” Inclusion is implemented every single day by facilitators trained to bring people of diverse abilities together as equals. As this group of women sat around the conference table talking about inclusion a light bulb went off.  We, ourselves, were such a diverse group, with different talents and abilities. Yet, as we all took a seat at the table, we became equals in the conversation. […]

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There is quite a buzz at the WAE Center as we enter the year of our 10th anniversary. The community that has grown to become the WAE Center continues to build on our original vision, with the encouragement, support and participation by JSDD’s Board of Trustees, foundations, volunteers, community schools and students, families, staff and members. Our program supports all people regardless of ability, and our belief that each member has great potential is unwavering. Having a choice, gaining a voice, developing self-responsibility – these goals are at the core of our philosophy and practice. There is true beauty in knowing you are being heard and that your voice is important to the people with whom you are sharing the journey. It […]

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“Friends and Family” Holiday Art Sale 50% discount on selected items Contact Art Studio Manager Harry Klein, 973-272-7156; harry@waecenter.org to arrange a viewing of the artwork being offered. Jacqueline Halgren was thrilled at the announcement last week of the WAE Center’s very first “Friends and Family” Holiday Art Sale. This opportunity has made her the proud owner of an original Steven W. painting that she has admired since she first came for an interview in 2007. “I was totally captivated by that painting as I filled out my application,” said Jacqueline, a fine artist herself. “That was before I had even met Steven and learned that he paints from a wheelchair and has limited use of his hands. Steven and […]

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