Gourmet Food, Passed Apps, Dessert & Donation Bar

Silent Auction & Wine Pull

Private Viewing of Hunterdon Art Museum Galleries

Live Music 

Featured Performances:

Seema Reza: Spoken-Word Storytelling

Yesenia Montilla: Public-Poetry Writing

(Scroll down to see the evening’s performances)

On October 19th, Frontline Arts will hold its annual benefit, STORIES, at the Hunterdon Art Museum to raise much-needed funding for our growing and nationally-recognized veterans' papermaking program that serves over 1500 veterans each year; community and educational papermaking programs; educational classes in non-toxic print & papermaking for adults and uniquely-abled communities; and so much more.

The event will engage our local communities and supporters as we honor Dennis X Murray, long-time Board member who has served his final term recently and advocate of the arts in New Jersey; the Rotary Club of Branchburg, comprised of incredibly devoted Branchburg community and veteran supporters; and Seema Reza’s Community Building Artworks and Ashy Paliparambil from the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, long-time partners of the Frontline Paper veterans’ papermaking project in Washington D.C.

The benefit will be held inside the picturesque Hunterdon Art Museum, a former 19th century stone mill overlooking the Raritan River and Waterfall. Unique, gourmet foods will be served, inclusive of dessert. We will also have an incredible silent auction full of tantalizing items up for bid to benefit Frontline Arts’ programming, an interactive wine pull full of an array of lovely wines, and spoken word storytelling to saturate our minds. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to our highly collaborative story creation this evening, where on the large pages of our handmade and bound paper, you will be asked to contribute to the narrative of characters throughout the evening, creating a community story, bound by creation and full of adventure!

The indoor museum space will also be available for full private viewing of three floors of exhibitions, including:

Cliff Lee: ceramics on the first floor

Mia Brownell & Martin Kruck: painting and photography on the second floor

Holly Lee: jewelry on the second floor

Members’ exhibition on the third floor

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Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center Street | Clinton, New Jersey

Directions

From Route 78 (East or West), take exit 15, and bear right onto Route 173 East. Turn left at the Exxon Station and Clinton House and go over the yellow bridge. The museum is the stone mill on the left on Lower Center Street. Parking is available in the municipal lot just past the museum on Lower Center Street on the right side.

Click here for Google Map driving directions.

Accessibility

The museum is an accessible facility with an interior elevator, ramp to the front entrance, and accessible restrooms. For a list of accessibility accommodations for the museum facilities and parking, please click here: 

Accessibility Services


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Performances for the Evening:

Seema Reza  will be honored for her work with Community Building ArtWorks and also give a spoken word performance during the evening’s program.  Seema is the author of  A Constellation of Half-Lives  and  When the World Breaks Open . Based outside of Washington, DC, she is the Chair & Executive Director of  Community Building Art Works . She coordinates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in  Entropy, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People , and  The Nervous Breakdown  among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one mattress shop. ( www.seemareza.com ) Seema Reza is one of the original founders of the 5-day papermaking workshop model used in a participatory environment for active duty service members that Combat Paper NJ and now Frontline Paper use in partnership with Warrior Writers and Community Building Artworks. This model has paved the way for the connective practice and community building program that Frontline Arts is based on.

Seema Reza will be honored for her work with Community Building ArtWorks and also give a spoken word performance during the evening’s program.

Seema is the author of A Constellation of Half-Lives and When the World Breaks Open. Based outside of Washington, DC, she is the Chair & Executive Director of Community Building Art Works. She coordinates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in Entropy, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others, and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has performed across the country at universities, theaters, festivals, bookstores, conferences, & one mattress shop. (www.seemareza.com) Seema Reza is one of the original founders of the 5-day papermaking workshop model used in a participatory environment for active duty service members that Combat Paper NJ and now Frontline Paper use in partnership with Warrior Writers and Community Building Artworks. This model has paved the way for the connective practice and community building program that Frontline Arts is based on.

Yesenia Montilla  will perform a public-poetry workshop, where she will write a poem about any attendee that approaches her and her typewriter, right there on the spot. These small poems will be typed on handmade paper either from veteran uniforms or from the  Migration  project, then collected and presented in a collective story-creation.  Yesenia is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. Her poetry has appeared in the  Chapbook For the Crowns of Your Head , as well as the literary journals  The Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Pittsburgh Poetry Review  & others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation & is a 2014  CantoMundo  Fellow. Her first collection  The Pink Box  is published by Willow Books & was longlisted for a PEN award in 2016. She lives in Harlem, NY. ( www.yeseniamontilla.com ) Yesenia has been instrumental in organizing the  Migration  Project along with Frontline Arts, Deborah Paredez, and CantoMundo in collaboration with Columbia University’s Center for Study on Ethnicity and Race. She led a series of poetry workshops for veterans and immigrants on Columbia’s campus in the fall of 2018, writing and working on paper handmade from veteran uniforms and cultural objects from the South Bronx LatinX community.

Yesenia Montilla will perform a public-poetry workshop, where she will write a poem about any attendee that approaches her and her typewriter, right there on the spot. These small poems will be typed on handmade paper either from veteran uniforms or from the Migration project, then collected and presented in a collective story-creation.

Yesenia is an Afro-Latina poet & a daughter of immigrants. Her poetry has appeared in the Chapbook For the Crowns of Your Head, as well as the literary journals The Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, Pittsburgh Poetry Review & others. She received her MFA from Drew University in Poetry and Poetry in Translation & is a 2014 CantoMundo Fellow. Her first collection The Pink Box is published by Willow Books & was longlisted for a PEN award in 2016. She lives in Harlem, NY. (www.yeseniamontilla.com) Yesenia has been instrumental in organizing the Migration Project along with Frontline Arts, Deborah Paredez, and CantoMundo in collaboration with Columbia University’s Center for Study on Ethnicity and Race. She led a series of poetry workshops for veterans and immigrants on Columbia’s campus in the fall of 2018, writing and working on paper handmade from veteran uniforms and cultural objects from the South Bronx LatinX community.


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*Event invite design by Michael Maguire

*Photo credit Hunterdon Art Museum:  Dana Lane Photography

*Photo credit Banner Image:  Kiwihug on Unsplash