Celebrate Arts in April

Arts in April thumbnailArts in April is an annual celebration of arts and culture organized by the Arts and Culture Committee at NSCC. Faculty and staff host arts-related events on the Danvers and Lynn campuses and the college exhibits the art work of faculty, staff, and students. Events are free and open to the public.

Arts in April schedule of events, April 21– May 1, 2015
On-Going Events:

The Veteran Behind the Mask, Exhibit | Danvers Veterans Center, DS-104, April 21-May 1
Based on National Geographic’s Behind the Mask, Revealing the Trauma of War. This project takes place in conjunction with NSCC’s OTA Program. NSCC Veterans and Veterans Center staff create their own masks to express their emotions. Masks are available for viewing during Veterans Center office hours. Hosted by Kristine Babcock.

Faculty and Staff Art Exhibit | Danvers Library, April 7-April 17
Student Art Exhibit | Lynn Library, April 6-May 1
Stop by for a visit to the library on either campus to view the artistic efforts of NSCC faculty, staff, and students!

Images of Compassion | Danvers Library, April 27-May 17
The Images of Compassion Exhibit is a fundraising project sponsored by The Compassion Project: An Anthology and NSCC to benefit ChildHelp Sierra Leone, an organization that supports African children. On display will be paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, multi-media works, and poems. All monies received from submission fees/donations for the exhibit will go directly to ChildHelp Sierra Leone. Hosted by Laurette Folk & Student Life.

Mural Painting | LW-204 | Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12:30 to 3: 15 pm
Watch Jim Chisholm’s Basic Drawing 1 & 2 students paint a mural based on Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte and Aaron Copland’s opera The Tender Land. Visitors are invited to stop by during class time throughout the month of April to view the work in progress.

WEEK ONE | APRIL 21 – APRIL 24

TUESDAY, APRIL 21

Spark Launch | 12 pm-1:30 pm | Danvers, DS-111 (old cafeteria)
Celebrate NSCC student writers and artists whose work has been selected for this year’s edition of Spark, our college literary and arts magazine. Meet these talented writers and artists, and view the gallery of student work on display. Hosted by Student Life & The Arts and Culture Committee.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

The Art of Portrait Photography – Live and Interactive!
8 pm–9 pm | Lynn Cafeteria
The Intro to Digital Photography class invites the college community, their family, and friends to join them for portrait sittings. Participants will be able to download their photos as a keepsake at a later date. Hosted by Peg Raciti.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

A Staged Reading of Plays by Luciano Rex | 12:30 pm–1:30 pm Danvers, MS-123
James Robinson’s Beginning Acting class offers a staged reading of the short plays of NSCC student writer Luciano Rex. Sponsored by James Robinson.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24

Drawing Connections: Exploring the World of Comics
1 pm–2:30 pm | Danvers, DS-119 (lecture hall)
A 60-minute panel featuring local comic-book artists / writers /creators discussing their work, experiences, and insights about the comic industry. Followed by Q&A with the artists. Hosted by Lance Eaton.

TRiO’s Got Talent | 12 pm-1 pm | Lynn Cafeteria
Prepare to be entertained as students from the TRiO Program display their musical talents, featuring vocal arrangements as well as instruments. Participants will be invited to sing along after the performance! Bring your lunch and enjoy. Hosted by TRiO Student Support Services.

International Film Series | 6:30pm, LE203 – Out of Africa
Denmark native Baroness Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) enters into a marriage of convenience with a womanizing baron. But when she follows him to Kenya to oversee their coffee plantation, she falls in love with a free-spirited hunter (Robert Redford) who can’t be tied down. Director Sydney Pollack’s lush period drama earned seven Academy Awards, including statues for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Hosted by the NSCC Council on International Education. Film content may not be suitable for children.

WEEK TWO | APRIL 27 – MAY 1

MONDAY, APRIL 27

One World Taiko, Japanese Drum Ensemble | 12 pm-1 pm | Lynn Gym
One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences of all ages with their heart pounding beats, dynamic movement, and rhythmic grooves. Traditional and original drum compositions are interwoven with descriptions of the various instruments and the history of Taiko. Hosted by the Program Council.

Beyond the Dragons of Eden: How Art Makes Us Human
11:30 am-12:30 pm | Danvers Library
Join NSCC faculty member Laurette Folk as she discusses how art makes us human. We are all hard-wired for both selfishness and compassion, for ruthless fighting and enduring love, and it’s up to us to choose what to cultivate. Being open-minded about artistic works can teach us not only about ourselves, but the global community. Art helps fortify our higher inclinations like creativity and compassion and allows us to act as fully functioning humans, not reptiles that want to kill each other. Hosted by Laurette Folk & The Arts and Culture Committee.

Reception: Images of Compassion | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Danvers Library
Following Laurette Folk’s discussion (Beyond the Dragons), there will be a reception in honor of the Images of Compassion exhibit. For more information about the exhibit see the listing under Ongoing Events. Hosted by Laurette Folk & Student Life.

TUESDAY, APRIL 28

Visiting Writer Event: Regie Gibson | 9:30 am-10:45am and 11:00 am-12:15 pm |Danvers, DS-111 (old cafeteria)
Regie Gibson – one of the best slam poets in the country and a National Poetry Slam Individual champion — has performed in feature films, on cable television, on radio, and in venues all over the world. Regie is also an author, songwriter, and educator who has been widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals such as The Iowa Review. His full-length book of poetry Storms Beneath the Skin was published in 2001 and won the Golden Pen Award. He especially enjoys engaging and inspiring young people. Hosted by John Zamparelli and the English Department.

NSCC Dance Concert | 3 pm-4 pm | Danvers, DS-111 (old cafeteria)
NSCC dance students from Creative Dance I and II as well as the Theatre/Dance Project will present a program celebrating the poetry of T.S. Eliot and a dance interpretation of the journey of Tamsen Donner. The program will feature poetry readings by Professor James Robinson and choreography by Professor Elaine Mawhinney as well as students Laurie Anslono, Marissa Taylor, and Micaela Plankey. Hosted by Elaine Mawhinney & the Cultural Arts Department.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29

Visiting Writer Event: Regie Gibson | 9:30 am-10:20 am and 11:30 am-12:20 pm| Lynn Gym
Regie Gibson – one of the best slam poets in the country and a National Poetry Slam Individual champion — has performed in feature films, on cable television, on radio, and in venues all over the world. Regie is also an author, songwriter, and educator who has been widely published in anthologies, magazines, and journals such as The Iowa Review. His full-length book of poetry Storms Beneath the Skin was published in 2001 and won the Golden Pen Award. He especially enjoys engaging and inspiring young people. Hosted by John Zamparelli and the English Department.

Reception: The Veteran Behind the Mask Exhibit | 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Danvers Veterans Center, DS 104
Join NSCC Veterans and staff for an open house reception in honor of their exhibit “The Veteran Behind the Mask,” a project created in conjunction with NSCC’s OTA Program. Masks will be displayed in the Danvers Veterans Center; they are open for viewing during Veterans Center office hours. Hosted by Kristine Babcock.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

The Universal Curriculum | 3 pm–4 pm | Danvers, Student Lounge
We know why the chicken crossed the road without being asked! Using a generative, spiral narrative presentation, Joe Boyd provides a fun deconstruction of a familiar fable as a multidisciplinary model for learning. Hosted by the Arts and Culture Committee.

FRIDAY, MAY 1

OPENING NIGHT! Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
7 pm | Lynn Arts, Inc., 25 Exchange Street, Lynn
Celebrate Opening Night with the Performing Arts Council by attending their production of Charles Dickens’ coming-of-age classic, Great Expectations. From its opening image of Pip, alone on the windswept marshes, to the haunted darkness of Miss Havisham’s cobweb-strewn lair, this inventive and atmospheric adaptation by Neil Bartlett brings to thrilling theatrical life this classic exploration of childhood terrors and hopes, and adult dreams and regrets. Performances run May 1 & 2 at 7 pm, and May 2 & 3 at 3 pm. Hosted by The Performing Arts Council.

FRIDAY, MAY 1 &  SATURDAY, MAY 2

Path of the Peacemakers Gathering
The Path of the Peacemakers Gathering will be two days of art, communication, and embodiment focused on inner and outer peace and harmony. Spirituality, ecology, peace, and justice will be explored through film and music, with practitioners and guiding teachers from the spiritual traditions of Bhakti, Zen, and Sufism. Hosted by the Multi-Cultural Society, The Muslim Students Association along with associated faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Friday, May 1 | Film: Slow is Fast | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
Danvers, DS-119 (lecture hall)
Slow is Fast “recounts the experiences of Dan Malloy, Kellen Keene, and Kanoa Zimmerman during their 50-day, 700-mile bicycle adventure down the California coast” (Patagonia). With discussion led by Professors Sean Hanlon and Yusef Hayes

Friday, May 1 | Film: Elemental | 6:30 pm-9:30 pm | Lynn, LE-303
Elemental “tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time” (Global Oneness Project). The evening will conclude with reports on food and environmental justice from local and international activists.

Saturday, May 2 | Peacemakers Gathering | 8 am-1 pm | Lynn Cafeteria
The goal of the peacemakers gathering is to highlight peacemakers of the past and present and to explore various cultural and spiritual paths to peace. The morning will include group activities, visioning, music, and presentations on Bhakti, Zen, Sufi, and universal approaches to peace. The event is free and includes a light vegan and vegetarian breakfast.

For more information on these events, contact Matthew Woods, matwoods@northshore.edu or at 781-593-6722, x6228.

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