PATERSON – Social distancing may be keeping people from gathering together, but it isn’t stifling the artistic spirit of Paterson Public Schools students and faculty.

The artworks they created comprise the district’s “Art In Our Hearts” exhibition, which was originally planned to be shown this month at the Paterson Museum. However, when social distancing requirements pulled the curtain down on that plan, district educators found a way for the exhibition to take place online on a gallery created on

“This is a great example of one of the silver linings of this time of social distancing,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “I commend the students and educators who worked together to make sure this annual artistic event moved forward and kept the artistic spirit of our schools alive. I encourage everyone to take some time and visit this wonderful online exhibition. We have many creative artists in our community of schools, and their works are inspirational and imaginative.”

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The “Art In Our Hearts” exhibit found an online home through the efforts of Acting Associate Chief Academic Officer Nicole Brown, who created the space and helped curate the work. The exhibition features portraits, murals, pop art, masks and sculpture.

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