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Eileen Murray on Matheny’s Arts Access Program

Director of Matheny’s Arts Access Program Eileen Murray sat with Joanna Gagis on “Life & Living” to discuss this important program for people with disabilities and the life changing impact it is making.

“The art resides within them,” Murray says, “and Arts Access gives them the tools to get it out.” They do this by providing facilitators. A facilitator is a professional artist who is trained to be the arms and the legs for the person who can’t use theirs.

Matheny is a special hospital for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Their mission is to provide exceptional care and an optimal quality of life for children and adults with special needs and medically complex developmental disabilities.

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The City of Newark Strives to Rebrand Itself as a “City of the Arts”

The city of Newark has been making strides to rejuvenate its neighborhoods and rebrand itself as a “city of the arts”. Here at #HipNJ, we applaud those efforts and want to keep our followers informed of the latest developments in the city’s transformation. Since January, progress has been underway to convert a neglected building on South Ward’s Clinton Avenue into a community center. Brick City Live has partnered with Newark Arts to host community info sessions that utilize the expertise of artists, students, journalists, marketers and social influencers to formulated plans for a better city.

The latest session held on Thursday, February 22 at the Kilkenney Alehouse focused on brainstorming a new cultural plan for Newark’s art community. The meeting was structured around a series of questions posed to attendees. “How do [you] contribute or engage the artist community in Newark? And how can arts and culture be better leveraged as a resource in our community? What do media professionals want to see happen in the arts and creative sector that would help community revitalization in the next 3 years?”

Of the plethora of inspirational ideas drawn from the crowd, two major efforts are the focus of further exploration. The first is the development of a centralized communication system for arts and cultural-related events. The plan is to engage local students in the development of an app that will act as a virtual bulletin board. Once established, it can be maintained by either the Newark Arts or the Greater Newark Convention & Visitors Bureau. The second is the conversion of the seedy Little Theater into legitimate movie theater and performance space. This is made plausible by the fact that the property is up for lease.

The session ended with clear ideas and a projected Master Plan launch date of June 2018. The multi-faceted plan involves significant legwork on the part of the planners yet the rewards for the city will be substantial. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for new developments on the progress of the Newark’s art scene!

Original Reporting by Candace Nicholson

Peter Ferriero

Peter Ferriero of “The Price of Fame”

We got the chance to sit down with Peter Ferriero, the talented director and co-producer of new documentary film “The Price of Fame” that chronicles the life and challenges that fame brought to pro-wrestling legend and “Million Dollar Man” himself, Ted Dibiase. The film contains the sort of intimate interviews with Dibiase and his family members that are sure to draw in even audience members who may not have been familiar with the wrestler during his prime with the WWE.

Ferreiro’s film was picked up by Fathom Events and is going to be playing in 650 theatres nationwide – no small feat for what started out as a small passion project for this lifetime wrestling fan. The question of “What happened to all the old wrestlers that I grew up watching?” lead Ferreiro into developing a friendship with Ted Dibiase that turned into the opportunity to create a documentary of his life. Just like many great films, this one was years in the making. Ferreiro expressed is gratitude to all the initial support he received from the film’s start on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter a few years back. Independent filmmaking is not easy by any means, but Ferreiro is a perfect example of what passion coupled with hard work and dedication can lead to.

Ferreiro’s film can be seen across the country on Tuesday November 7th. Check it out at the Garden State Plaza AMC and maybe you’ll run into the director himself!

Check out the interview below:

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