Musical magic came to JSDD’s WAE Center Tuesday, May 3, in the form of the legendary Peter Yarrow, who will be performing for us again at JSDD’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 6 at the Bickford Theater.

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LEAD ARTISTS ArtShare Artists  |  Susanna Baker  |  Dan Fenelon  |  Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern Tim Folzenlogen  |  Gladys Barker Grauer & Onnie Strother  |  Ellen Hanauer Jennifer Levine  | Yvette Lucas  |  Mansa Mussa  | Steve Schwartz  Opening Reception | Free and Open to the Public | 2-5 PM, Sunday, Nov. 9 Gaelen Gallery East, Leon and Toby Cooperman JCC 760 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ The Chairs of Inclusion, commissioned and created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s WAE Center, are objects of art that inspire people to change their perceptions about ability, art and community. To create the chairs, professional New Jersey artists brought their concepts and materials to the WAE Center and worked alongside WAE Center members. Creating these bright, beautiful chairs was as transformative for the lead artists as it was for the Center’s […]

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My concept for the “Chairs of Inclusion” incorporates multiple chairs coming together to create a sculpture which represents community.  The focus of the “Chairs of Inclusion is on the shifting of perceptions in order to find opportunities for inclusion. This collaboration is the manifestation of inclusion between me and the WAE Center member artists.  The sculpture is unified through circular shapes.  Circles commonly represent life, unity and wholeness, all of which are relevant to this piece and the work that was undertaken.

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In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s WAE Center, a large scale collaborative art project is currently underway. Ten life sized chairs are being commissioned from professional artists, each of whom is working with the Center’s member artists to create a chair as an art/sculpture object. The chairs represent our belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives. Ultimately, these chairs will travel as a group or individually and will be exhibited at a variety of venues, including museums, libraries, schools, houses of worship, etc. They are testimony to the talents that oftentimes lay hidden in people with special needs. View a short film clip capturing some of […]

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The WAE Beyond program offers individuals with developmental disabilities, ages 16 and over, opportunities to gather on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and two Sundays a month to interact and experience new learning opportunities in arts and personal enrichment. All of the WAE Beyond workshops are inclusive and open to all. Registration deadline is September 13, 2013. Most classes are limited to 6 students. You may contact Yvette Lucas at yvette@waecenter.org or 973-272-7150 for additional information. Pre-registration is required. Download Brochure

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