Chairs of Inclusion


In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s Wae Center, eleven life sized chairs were commissioned from professional artists, each of whom worked with the Center’s member artists to create a chair as an art/sculpture object.  The chairs represent our commitment/belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives. The goal of the project, shifting perceptions about people with developmental disabilities and broadening the public’s awareness of policies about inclusion, is fulfilled with each exhibit that has taken place .

Seven of the Chairs and The Dialogue of Four Chairs paintings are still available for sale.

Coming Exhibit:

The Chairs of Inclusion will be exhibited in Asbury Park, NJ, Nov. 8 – 29, 2015.  As a community-wide exhibition, the Chairs will be individually displayed in various Downtown Asbury Park venues:

  1. Heaven and Art Antiques (Exhibit HQ)
  2. Parlor Gallery hosting the Opening Reception, featuring Lead Artists,
    Sun., Nov. 8, 2-4 p.m. Please register for this FREE event.
  3. Asbury Park Music Foundation
  4. Shelter Home
  5. The ShowRoom Cinema
  6. B&G Home Interiors
  7. art629 Gallery
  8. Words!
  9. Tao Massage
  10. Coil & Co.
  11. Oasis Home

Events planned during the month include a workshop for special needs educators, lectures, and guided walking tours.

A Closing Reception celebrating the entire community and bidding farewell to the Chairs will take place on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2-4 p.m (location to be announced).


Chairs of Inclusion at Asbury Park   |  Nov. 8 – 29, 2015
Sponsorship Opportunities – contact

$5,000 – Inclusive Community Benefactor
$2,500 – Opening Reception at Parlor Gallery Sponsor
$2, 500 – Closing Community Celebration at Asbury Train Station Sponsor
$1,800 – Hands-on Workshop for Special Needs Educators Sponsor
$   500 – Lecture and Guided Walking Tour Sponsor
$   118 – Reserve a seat at the table for everyone (Names of individuals will be listed)

Lead Artists

ArtShare ArtistsSusanna Baker  |  Dan Fenelon  |  Tim Folzenlogen

Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern | Ellen Hanauer  | Jennifer Levine  | Yvette Lucas

Mansa Mussa  | Stephen Schwartz | Gladys Barker Grauer  & Onnie Strother

Take a peek at a short video of these artists at work with our members

View the full length video about the Chairs of Inclusion project

Recent EXhibits:

August 2 – 28, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center
 Opening Reception: Sunday, Aug. 2, 2-5 p.m.
Artist Talk: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 7-9 p.m.
1978 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, NJ 07040

July 12 – 29, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at Wildflowers TOO! Gallery
     Opening Reception: Sunday, July 12, 2-4 p.m.
506 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ

March 31 – Apr. 31, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at Alexander Kasser Theater
     Opening Reception: Sunday Apr.19 1-2:30 p.m.
Montclair State University, One Normal Avenue, Montclair NJ 07043
For information & to purchase tickets for the show following the opening

June 7-14, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
     Opening Reception : TBA
68 Elm Street, Summit, New Jersey 07901

Dec. 20, 2014 – Feb. 1, 2015 – Chairs on Exhibit at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

November 9, 2014 – December 15, 2014 – Inaugural Exhibit Gaelen Gallery East
Opening Reception: Sunday November 9, 2-5pm
Leon & Toby Cooperman JCC, 760 Northfield Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052

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