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Jersey City Artist Initiative
"To Harness the Collective Creative Spirit"
Our Mission: JCAI is an off-line artistic social meet-up group of fine artists and writers organized by exhibiting contemporary artist, Michael Hanna. We meet up once a month at a location in Jersey City. These include studio visits, parks, cafes, art galleries, etc. There are also monthly unofficial meet-ups.
The goal is to have each guest bring a piece of their art with them, whether it be their sketchbook, a painting, a sculpture, poems, a play, philosophical and intellectual essays. Fine artists are encouraged to talk about their work while poets and writers are encouraged to read their work to the group. Other than that there are no rules, it's just a meet up of artists looking for a social community. You can use our community to start a revolutionary art movement, find other creative minds to help you create and act in the play / film you wrote, or seek a fresh perspective, it's up to you.
Despite Jersey City having an artsy downtown district and filled with artists scattered throughout the city, there lacks any vibrant social artist community which reflects it, JCAI's goal is to remedy the problem.
How to Join us: Artists from outside Jersey City are encouraged to join, this is an inclusive group but we ask that you make a reservation with us so we can confirm how many people are coming and so we can make accommodations if necessary. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and tell us about yourself, whether you're a fine artist, poet, philosopher, etc. If you have an artist website to share with us your work, etc.
We ask that only people who have interest in coming to multiple social gatherings to request a reservation, you don't have to come to every meet up or even every other meet-up, but our goal is to develop a close-knit community, not a party. We also ask that you notify us in advance by e-mail for every "official" meet-up you are coming to, the reason for this is for logistical reasons and to make accommodations. "Unofficial" meet ups do not require notification, but check the website in case there is a cancellation.
Our Dignity: There are absolutely no fees, absolutely no fundraising, we will never, ever ask you for money, unless you want to use your money to benefit the group such as renting out an art gallery, theater for us, etc.
This dynamic, strong structure, yet boundless freedom is what makes the Jersey City Artist Initiative a unique approach.
How to Stay Up to Date:
August: Michael Hanna's Studio. Beer, Vodka, drinks & food will be served.
September: Hamilton Park in Downtown
October: Cafe in Downtown
November: LITM Gallery
The official meet-ups are always on the first Saturday of the month at Noon, at a specific location, unless otherwise noted.
There are unofficial meet-ups. They are always on the third Saturday of every month at Noon, always at my studio, if I am busy, I will post a cancellation for that specific date.
When & Where
Aedra Fine Arts
Aedra Fine Arts is an arts organization which specializes in hosting and organizing fine art exhibits and artistic events such as the Artist House series.