Meet Woman #23, Valerie Whitaker, Artistic Director of Asaye Dance Studio, 190 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ.
She is one of the 100 women to be featured in the exhibition “SHINE: 100 Women of Long Branch” slated to open in the Long Branch Public Library in November 2016.
Presently I am in the midst of making images and collecting and coordinating the women who will participate in the show. It is an immense undertaking and a bit nightmarish to organize but I’m excited about the prospect of the community coming together around this exhibition.
To date I have the generous support from Long Branch Arts Council and presently waiting to hear from Monmouth Arts about a mini grant.
I have also received private donations from some of the women participating. As helpful as this is and I couldn’t move forward without the funding I have received so far, I still need to raise more money to pay for our supplies such as media, ink, printing the images and designing and printing the brochure that will accompany the installation.
If you are interested in finding out more about SHINE or have any questions, suggestions, or would like to volunteer and get the women scheduled for their photo sessions, please call me. If you would like to make a donation I am available to discuss that as well.
I am proud of our little City by the Sea and installing this project is my way of celebrating the Centennial of the Long Branch Free Public Library next November.
One of the benefits to the library and the community at large is a salute to Long Branch’s diversity. Part of the interactive nature of this public work will lie with the women who participated. We expect our portrait subjects will invite their family and friends to come and enjoy SHINE. Given the unique demographic of Long Branch and of the woman whose images will comprise the installation the opening will create a community-wide networking event like never before in Long Branch. We will celebrate Long Branch’s citizens and merchants, the people who comprise our city.
Thank you for reading up on shine and meeting woman # 23 to find out more please visit Asaye Dance Studio website
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