Art Moves is a gallery educational outreach program bringing arts, arts education, and arts therapy to communities and audiences not having ready access to the arts. An objective of this new program is to expand services to people in health care, retirement, and corrections facilities. Art Moves delivers on-site and off-site image and object presentations with interactive discussions focusing on Robeson Gallery–organized exhibitions. The program also provides art-making workshops at no cost to participants.
Art Moves currently has partnerships with: the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, Tully House, St. Luke’s AME Church, Newark Adult Day Services, Bethany Senior Center, Ironbound Senior Center, Nellie Grier Senior Citizens Center, Spring Hills Somerset Assisted Living, and the Wellness, Arts, & Enrichment Center. Client communities include senior citizens who may have limited mobility, but who retain an interest in the arts and continue to benefit from visual and intellectual experience. At the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center, our clients are young men and women who benefit from exposure to cultural experiences with which they may be unfamiliar and to modes of critical thinking, which can help them better negotiate their relationship to society.
New Jersey artists are employed and trained to conduct talks and art-making workshops. Artists work closely with facility therapists and activities coordinators to plan workshops that are meaningful and life enriching, as well as educational and therapeutic.