Portrait Project

JSDD’s WAE Center studio artists have been members of Studio Montclair for many years.  The Portrait Project was conceived as an educational and artistic opportunity where both JSDD’s WAE Center and Studio Montclair’s Art Academy brought their facilitators and students to a shared table…and created this reflective work. 

This work is on exhibit from August 1 – August 31, at the gallery of Studio Montclair at 127 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ.  Opening reception to be held “In Real Life” on Saturday August 7 from 1-5pm.

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Pride Artist Talk

On June 22, the LGBTQ+ WAE group gathered with artists, families, allies and friends to convene our first Artists Talk and Opening Reception for the “Art of Inclusion – LGBTQ+ Pride 2021” virtual exhibit.

Hosted by Oscar Marin, four artists spoke about their work and motivation and shared their thoughts about advocacy through art for LGBTQ+ people, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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WAE Summer Workshops

The new summer workshops are starting!

WAE Workshops offer a creative space where individuals 16 years and over can work with professional artists, practitioners, and facilitators to develop and expand their interests and skills.

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POEMS Workshops

The WAE Poetry Workshop will help participants spark their creativity with Playful, Original Expressions of Mind and Spirit. The workshop, led by instructor Randy Harris, will run on Mondays, starting 5/10, from 3:30pm to 4:30pm.

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Artist Kimmy F

Each day, artists Faye Graye, Esther Tanahashi, and Yvette Lucas cultivate, educate, encourage, and bear witness to the artistic process of our WAE Center artists. They are truly passionate about their work as art facilitators and we are truly grateful they are part of the WAE Center.

As Women’s History Month draws to an end, what better way to celebrate all our women artists then to let Faye, Ester, and Yvette reflect on the women members with whom they work?

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