Call for T-Shirt Designs

Attitudes In Reverse has announced its 13th Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest and is eager to receive students’ creative ideas for communicating the importance of seeking help for mental health disorders.

AIR is a Princeton-based nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults about mental health, related disorders, and suicide prevention. Students are the main target audience because 50 percent of mental health disorders develop by the age of 14 and two-thirds of disorders develop by the age of 25. AIR aims to eliminate stigma, fear and embarrassment about mental health disorders so that individuals who experience symptoms can recognize them and be comfortable seeking help to prevent the disorders from interfering with their lives.

“We started the Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest in 2009 to raise students’ awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. When students wear the shirts featuring designs inspired by the contestants, they will spark important conversations. A student would ask about AIR and the conversation would naturally lead to more awareness, which, in turn, leads to a much greater likelihood that the student will pay attention to signs of mental health disorders in himself and others and take steps to get help when needed,” said Tricia and Kurt Baker, Co-founders of AIR.

Entries into AIR’s Annual T-Shirt Design Concept Contest are due Friday, April 30. The entry form is available online. All contestants will be recognized during the 10th Annual Miki & Friends Open AIR event, which will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at West Windsor Community Park. Prizes will be an iPad for first place and a $50 gift card for second place. The designs inspired by the winning concepts will be printed on T-shirts that the contestants and all volunteers will receive and will also be available to event attendees who donate $50 or more. The designs will also be featured on AIR’s website, www.air.ngo.

Summer Camp Offerings

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is offering half-day virtual summer art camps for children ages 6 to 14. One-week sessions are offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. from July 6 through 30 via Zoom.

Programs are divided into cohorts for ages 6 to 9 and ages 10 to 14. Session topics include “The Four Seasons & The Secrets of Drawing”; “Crazy About Cartoons & Art and Nature”; “Art Meets Science & Art Through the Ages”; and “Over the Rainbow: Exploring Color & Fantastical Beasts and How to Draw Them.”

For all details and to register, visit go.rutgers.edu/summerartcamp. For questions call 848-932-6787 or email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Premiere Stages, the professional theatre company at Kean University, has announced that Camp Premiere, the annual summer theater program for middle school and high school students, will be held in-person and outdoors on Kean University’s Union campus. Camps will strictly adhere to all state mandated COVID-19 safety requirements and recommendations.

Theatremakers runs July 12 through 23 for students entering grades 6 through 8. Through structured improvisation, storytelling exercises, and acting games, campers craft and star in their own theatrical presentation, performed live and outdoors for friends and family.

Actors Studio runs July 26 through August 6 for students entering grades 9 through 12. Students focus on the craft of acting through physical and vocal warm-ups, improvisation, acting technique, and scene study. Working closely with industry professionals, campers perform scenes from contemporary plays, selected specifically for unique talents and areas for growth. This camp culminates in a live outdoor performance of the campers’ work for friends and family.

Camper registration forms, the tuition payment portal, and scholarship applications can be found on Premiere Stages’ website at https://premierestagesatkean.com/play-factory/camp-premiere. Email questions to Nick Gandiello, education and play festival manager, at ngandiel@kean.edu.

Call for Art

The Trenton Museum Society’s annual juried Ellarslie Open is accepting submission for its 2021 edition to be on view at the museum and online from June 26 through October 3.

Artists are invited to submit work through Friday, April 30. This year’s juror is William R. Valerio, director and CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia.

The exhibition also offers participating artists 10 categories of awards, including $1,000 for Best in Show. A free public reception is set for Sunday, June 27, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion is Cadwalader Park’s address is 299 Parkside Avenue, Trenton. For more information and prospectus, visit www.ellarslie.org.

Plants for Sale

Herb Society of America – Delaware Valley Unit has moved its annual herb sale online. Visit https://herbsocietydelawarevalley.square.site to place an order for contactless pickup at the Holcombe Jimison Farmstead in Lambertville. Pick-up days are Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and 16.

Proceeds fund horticulture scholarship at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Email hsa.dvu@gmail.com with “plant sale” in the subject line with any questions.

The D&R Greenway is also accepting online orders for its 2021 Native Plant Sale. Orders will be accepted through Wednesday, April 28, for pick-up on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 6 through 8. Visit www.drgreenway.org.

The Greenway is also seeking volunteers for its native plant nursery to help accept plant stock deliveries, pot bar root stock, and pot newly germinated seedlings. Email volunteer@drgreenway.org to volunteer or for more information.

Grants Available

The New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) is accepting applications for a second round of recovery grants to assist the cultural sector. New Jersey arts, historical, and cultural organizations can apply for up to $50,000 in support of operating expenses related to personnel, facilities, professional services, and more. Application information and updated program eligibility and priorities are available online at www.njartsculture.org.

For more information on the NJACRF see U.S. 1, March 24.

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