Visualizing a Better World through Artistic Expression

The Department of Art and Design at County College of Morris (CCM) is offering a series of virtual creative art workshops, titled Imagining Utopia, for high school students to develop creative works that visualize a better world.

The series, consisting of three workshops, is open to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students in Morris County. The first workshop will introduce the theme Imaging Utopia – Thinking Creatively to Envision a Better Future. The second will be a discussion and feedback session. The final workshop will consist of group sharing and presentations of works created by the students.

Workshop dates are:
Saturday, October 24, from 2 – 4 p.m.
Sunday, November 1, from 3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, from 3 – 5 p.m.

Students can register for the workshops at

The workshop leaders are Marsha Guirlande Pierre and Paul Rabinowitz. Nieves Gruneiro-Roadcap, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design at CCM, will be serving as producer. Morris Arts is sponsoring the series.

Headshhot of African American womanGuirlande Pierre is a Haitian-American freelance artist who received her BFA in dance performance from Montclair State University. She has performed works by Camille A. Brown, Bill T. Jones, Daniel Shapiro and Joanie Smith, Frederick Earl Mosley, Christian Von Howard and Alwin Nikolais. She also has performed professional works with Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance, The Nathaniel Hunt Project, VOID, Padierna Dance Project and The Lab by S. Galberth. In addition, she has worked with Gaspard & Dancers, Maxine Steinmein & Dancers and joined the apprenticeship program with Limon Dance Company. She is a Resident Artist with ARTS by the People and has participated in Jump the Turnstile, Stories in Motion, Bridging Gaps, Intonation and leads music and dance workshops at The Neighborhood Community Center in Morristown.

Man on stage reading from a bookRabinowitz is an author, photographer and founder of ARTS by the People, a nonprofit arts organization based in New Jersey. Through all mediums of art, he focuses on details that reveal the true essence of a subject, whether they be an artist he’s photographing or a fictional character he’s bringing to life on the page. His photography, short fiction and poetry have appeared in magazines and journals including Long Exposure Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, Pif Magazine, Burningword, The Metaworker and others, He was a featured artist in Nailed Magazine. He is the author of “Limited Light,” a book of prose and portrait photography, and a novella, “The Clay Urn.” He currently is working on his first novel “Confluence” and a collection of prose poems called “Grand Street, Revisited.” His short stories “Little Gem Magnolia” and “Villa Dei Misteri” are to be released as short films. He has produced many mixed media performances and poetry animation films that have appeared on stages and in theaters in New York City, New Jersey, Tel Aviv and Paris. He is a written word performer and the founder of The Platform, a monthly literary series in New Jersey, and Platform Review, a journal of voices and visual art from around the world.
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