If there’s one thing we learned from quarantine, it’s that people are adaptable to circumstance. As online programming continues to boom, Art House Productions has announced “Virtual Access JC Fridays,” on Friday, June 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m., online via Zoom.
Jersey City’s quarterly arts festival will showcase a variety of happenings including visual art exhibitions, live music, performance acts, and educational demonstrations from 14 participating venues. The online event is free and open to the public.
Access JC Fridays focuses on inclusion and encourages participants to present work from artists with disabilities or work that celebrates disability in any of its many forms, including, but not limited to: impairments that are cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, and sensory. “From art tutorials and studio visits, to live music performances and the premiere of the Jersey City Community Poem, this is the perfect showcase of the diversity within Jersey City’s arts community,” says Courtney Little, producing director of Art House. “By moving the event online and making accessibility a priority, participants will have the unique ability to experience and interact with every venue and artist.” One of the big events for this weeks event includes the premiere of the Jersey City Community Poem. Over the last 3 weeks, Art House Productions has collected submissions of poetry that speak to the current quarantine and the call for social distancing. Jersey City Poet Laureate Rashad Wright curated the pieces into one crowdsourced community poem called “Just Breath.” Art House Gallery will present “Kelly Ann Burns, Abstract Expressionism.” Burns is an abstract expressionist painter who lives with disability. Her art is a result of her true passion and drive to express herself without using a vocal language. “Limitless," by Jersey City Writers, presents short pieces that are written by Jersey City Writers and performed by Jersey City actors with the theme “Limitless.” Jersey City Writers can be found at instagram.com/jcwriters. Project Greenville is hosting local Greenville artist Donchellee Fulwood as she and Project Greenville organizer Elizabeth Deegan discuss her work, their hopes for the neighborhood, and what is next for both. Fulwood will have artwork on hand to share with the JC Fridays audience and Deegan will give a brief introduction of Project Greenville for those who have yet to visit or those who simply miss being there. The schedule for the event is as follows: 7 to 8:05 p.m. - Silverman/Majestic Theatre Condos, Jersey City Writers, Ed & Mary’s, Theda Sandiford, Project Greenville, Art House Gallery, Jersey City Community Poem Premiere. 8:05 to 8:10 p.m. - Intermission. 8:10 to 9:30 p.m. - SMUSH Gallery, The Art Project. Matheny Arts Access, Dineen Hull Gallery at Hudson County Community College, No Dominion Theatre Co., Pro Arts JC, Art House Productions. The event will feature live ASL interpretation and Closed Captions. For questions about accessibility and patrons services, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free, advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link. To register, visit jcfridays.com.