HAMILTON, NJ -- In a township with more than 90,000 residents, there is bound to be musicians, dancers, painters, and artists in every neighborhood. That's why the Hamilton Township Arts Commission will be hosting a public meet and greet, and art display, to showcase the talents of local residents.
"The excitement is building," says Ellen Renee who serves as chairperson of the Commission, and has background in Broadway theater and a vocal instructor and coach. "This newly reformed commission will promote the performing and cultural arts in Hamilton Township; offering activities in our community and beyond to enrich our residents lives. There are many artists of all kinds who are creating great works; we will support them and provide wider recognition of the arts while we strive to cultivate all of the art forms in the youth of our town."
The arts showcase will be held on October 9 between 6:00pm and 8:00pm at the Hamilton Township Library located at 1 Justice Samuel A. Alito Way.
"Despite the road blocks created by the mayor, the Arts Commission is up and running. Hamilton Arts Commission will help fill a void in our township that has existed for too long. This inspiring group of commission members will lead the charge to bring more of the Arts to Hamilton and its residents. It is incredibly exciting because the possibilities are endless," said Councilwoman Ileana Schirmer, who serves at Township Council liaison to the commission.
The current six-person commission also includes: Thomas Kelly, an artist and a news contributor; Megan Uhaze, an artist employed at Grounds for Sculpture; Ray Murphy, a retired and a vocalist with the a capella ensemble "Brothers In Harmony;" Danny Coleman, a local musician, entertainment journalist and the host of "Rock On Radio;"and Diane Brett who serves as secretary to the commission.
"I joined the commission because I wanted to open up more opportunities in the arts for the kids of Hamilton. Also, we as a commission want to create an environment that enriches the lives of the citizens of Hamilton through arts and culture," said commission co-chair Danielle Tan who works for the Hamilton Township Department of Education.
Members of the current six person commission were recommended, vetted, then chosen, and each brings a certain skill to the table.
Renee says that the commission welcomes ideas and suggestions from the residents and outsiders alike; "We would love to hear from our talented musicians and artists with suggestions as to what we can add to enhance the commission and the lives of our citizens here in Hamilton."
The Art Commission meet and greet is open to all who have an interest, questions, curiosities or enjoy visual arts displays; light refreshments will be provided by Eet Gud Bakery.
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