New PROVIDENCE, NJ - More than 100 people attended the second annual fundraiser for NP Public Art this past Sunday, January 22, at the DeCorso Center in New Providence.

The evening began with guests bidding on various baskets in a silent auction while enjoying appetizers and homemade desserts. Attendees then enjoyed the comedy “No Signs of Intelligent Life,” directed by Theresa Turner and featuring 26 New Providence students, ranging in age from 13-19. The play told the story of a group of extra terrestrials (in bright green turtlenecks) who meet all kinds of humans — teenagers, rednecks, survivalists and the most enigmatic, tech support nerds. In a series of ten scenes, these aliens try to figure out the daily rituals of dating, gossiping at the water cooler, camping, and even fixing computers. Members of the cast are all former acting students of Theresa Turner, who serves on the New Providence Public Art Committee along with Marjan Nirou-Saniee, Beth Gallagher, Arlene Regan, and Jill LeFevre. New Providence residents Antionette Marchini and Leslie Wachtel coordinated the silent auction for the event.

Initiated by local artist Marjan Nirou-Saniee in late 2015, NP Public Art’s mission is to enrich the quality of New Providence by making works of public art a feature of the community. It receives no funding from the Borough. The three inaugural sculptures were made possible by our first annual fundraiser one year ago, which also featured a silent auction and play performed by high school students. Thanks to that fundraiser, and other private donations, there are now six public sculptures thoughout New Providence. 

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These pieces of art, however, are leased for one to two years, so in order to continue our public art program, ongoing support is needed from the community. Members of the community may make a tax deductible contribution to NP Public Art by sending a check to: NPPA, 360 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ  07974. To contact NP Public Art send an email to nppublicart@gmail.com.  

Photo caption: Cast of “No Signs of Intelligent Life” from bottom row left: George Skinner, Troy Droussiotis, Alex Fischbeck, Gabby Marchini, Emma Morse, Abhishek Agarwal, Emily Peterson, Joe Peterson; 2nd row: Katherine Ertman, Molly Eng, Maddy Wu, Olivia Haas, Ashima Agarwal, Natalie Pereira, Charlotte Lin, John Ertman, Meagan Wachtel; 3rd row: Gigi Marchini, Miranda Barbarisi, Andrea Genualdi, Betsy Newcombe, Trent Zane, director Theresa Turner, Brooke Arnold, Jeffrey Blitt, Alex Pereira, and Cooper Fischbeck.