James Caldwell Students Team with Local Business to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

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WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Student artists at James Caldwell High School in West Caldwell are learning that art can be more than decorative—it can help to save lives. The students, in grades nine through 12, are teaming with Design Consign, a consignment shop located in Fairfield, to help bring customers into the shop, which raises funds for The Gloria Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit initiative helping victims of domestic violence.

Director of Operations Jill Wolfson reached out to teachers at the school to see if they would be interested in an art show at the shop, hoping to raise awareness of the store and funds for the Foundation. Fine art teachers Emily Ackerman, Mea Amacher and Jane Romm, wood teacher Mark Teshkoyan, and strings teacher Will Downey all liked the idea of helping through the arts, and beginning this week, the student artwork will be on display in the store, culminating in a reception on May 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The reception, open to everyone, will highlight the students’ work and the store’s fundraising efforts.

Founded by Karen Arakelian, in memory of her mother Gloria, The Gloria Foundation’s mission is to help provide resources to local safe houses and domestic violence organizations. As the non-profit initiative of the White House “Designs for Life” family of home furnishing stores and interior design services, Design Consign receives new merchandise daily from White House Luxe in Fairfield and White House Living in Wayne with all proceeds from the shop benefitting The Gloria Foundation.

Approximately 20 pieces will be on display in the shop including small woodworking, ceramics, drawings and paintings. The reception on May 14 is open to the public, and will also feature student musicians from the school. Refreshments will be served.

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