Thank you all for celebrating 20 years of the Matheny Arts Access Program!
Looking forward to the next 20 Years!
Special thanks to Congressman Leonard Lance, Honorary Chair – Full Circle 2013
Full Circle 2013 marked the millstone 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking Matheny Arts Access Program. This retrospective event celebrated the program’s growth and honored its individual artists. We are so thrilled that our guests had the opportunity to experience each creator’s unique artistic reflection through painting, dance, and written work.
Gourmet culinary tasting featuring the finest local restaurants:
Arts Access Program Receives 2013 Excellence in the Arts Award
It is an honor to announce that Arts Access has been chosen by Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission to receive a 2013 Excellence in the Arts Award. The award is in the category of “Arts in the Community: Dedication to Arts Access and Outreach.” Arts Access is one of seven organizations/individuals to receive the honor this year, which is awarded every other year. The program received this award once before, in 2005.
The recognition ceremony and dinner will be on Thursday, October 24 at Twin Brooks Country Club. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Nicholas Paleologos, Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Arts Access Program Receives NJSCA Grant to Support The Program
New Jersey State Council on the Arts has awarded Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program a general program support grant for Fiscal Year 2014. The Arts Access Program was one of 800 arts organizations and initiatives that collectively received more than $15.6 million in grant funding. In addition, New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded Matheny a “Citation of Excellence,” which it shared with only thirty-three other organizations and projects, for having one of the highest evaluations from the review panel. Matheny was also recognized, along with forty-one other groups, for its outstanding history, impact, and leadership as a service organization.
“Into the Light” at the Montclair Film Festival
A documentary about Matheny’s Arts Access Program was premiered at the Montclair Film Festival! Three Arts Access artists, painter Chris Saglimbene, choreographer Natalia Manning, and writer Jenny Durr, are profiled as they create work for the milestone Arts Access 15th anniversary Full Circle showcase. In the process, we learn of their past struggles, current creative processes and future hopes for themselves and others like them.
Although the May 5th presentation of Into the Light is sold out, information about the film can be found on in2thelightfilm.com. The documentary also has its own Facebook page. Or, follow on Twitter for film updates @In2TheLightFilm.
Arts Access Program Receives NEA Grant to Support Full Circle 2013
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman has announced that the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program is one of 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. Arts Access is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support Full Circle, the program’s annual celebratory event, which showcases art created by individuals with disabilities. The Full Circle project includes an exhibition displaying original artwork created by artists with disabilities; and guest artists to help participants with disabilities create a culminating multimedia performance piece.
In this FY 2013 funding round, the NEA received 393 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications, requesting a total of $3,930,000. The NEA will award 153 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.53 million awarded to organizations in 41 states, Washington, DC, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These include 49 first-time Arts endowment grantees. The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
“We are extremely honored and gratified to receive this award,” said Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program. “It will help us to celebrate and honor the creative achievements of our artists with disabilities at Arts Access’ 20th anniversary event in 2013. This is a priceless opportunity for these talented individuals to shine, as they present their writing, dance and dramatic work on stage and exhibit their paintings and sculpture in a professional gallery.”
“The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “We’re proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities.”
See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at www.arts.gov.
Matheny is a special hospital and educational facility for children and adults with medically complex developmental disabilities. Arts Access empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, the artists are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete pieces of work.