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MAM Hosts Collaborative Exhibit as Part of “Free First Thursday Nights” Programming

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MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Museum of Art (MAM), in collaboration with Arts Unbound (AU) and Opportunity Project (OP), is hosting the exhibit "No Limits: Emerging Artists from Arts Unbound" on April 6, 2017 from 6pm-8pm as part of their “Free First Thursday Nights” programming. 

The exhibit features a “meet and greet” with over 17 Arts Unbound artists, a presentation and refreshments. The community is invited to enjoy free admission to this unique viewing experience which includes art tours, gifts for sale by local artists, live music, food trucks and more. This special event represents another powerful collaboration among three organizations committed to providing support and opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity Project, an organization serving people with brain injuries, initiated partnerships with MAM and AU in order to provide vocational art programs for brain injury survivors.  One of OP’s longtime members, Jason Towns, headliner of the exhibit, is an Artist in Residence who has regularly exhibited his work and guest-curated that of others at MAM. Arts Unbound has provided employment opportunities in their galleries and support through the AU Artist Development Program for many of Opportunity Project’s members. MAM and AU are integral partners in Opportunity Project’s Vocational program. Together the three organizations provide programs of inclusion and enrichment for brain injury survivors and individuals living with other disabilities.

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The Opportunity Project Clubhouse (OP) is a unique program created by and for adults with brain injuries who are seeking the next step in their journey to recovery. It is the first and only free-standing Clubhouse Program for people with brain injuries in the State of New Jersey. Beginning with five members it has now served over 500 individuals. The program is a national model for Clubhouses and other community-based service programs for people with brain injury throughout the country. Providing an environment of support, challenge and choices, the ultimate goal is full reintegration back into the family, work and community after one sustains a brain injury. Opportunity Project’s motto- no one is turned away due to lack of funding- sets them apart from others in the brain injury field.

The Montclair Art Museum (MAM) engages a diverse community through its distinctive collection of American and Native American art, exhibitions, and educational programs that link art to contemporary life in a global context. MAM's Yard School of Art and Vance Wall Art Education Center provide a range of programs, courses, classes and events that inform, inspire and engage, and the Yard School was recently voted "Best Art School" for both children and adults in the Jersey Arts People's Choice Awards.

Arts Unbound (AU) is dedicated to the artistic achievement of people living with disabilities and to the continuing artistic enrichment of seniors. We provide visual arts education and professional development to help emerging artists compete on the retail market. By promoting the work of artists with disabilities and seniors, we focus on their art-making rather than any impairment and by doing so challenge the stigma associated with disability and aging.

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