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Don’t Procrastinate, Get Your Tickets Now For The Jamie A. Hulley Evening For The Arts

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Sep 082017
 

Have you gotten your tickets for Saturday’s Evening for The Arts Gala yet? If you are planning on going, please, if possible, buy your tickets in advance so organizers can plan for food and drinks for the pre-show party.

Exceptional Auction prizes include Sky Box seats for the Yankee-Oriole game on Sept. 15, an opportunity to laugh with Jimmy Fallon, or relax at Kennebunkport next July … BUT YOU HAVE TO BE AT THE Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s Evening for the Arts gala on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to win! (Tickets WILL be available at the door too).

 

Come and enjoy a trip back to the 80’s with RUBIX KUBE: The Eighties Strike Back Show as well as the talents of the Foundation family Amity CreativeTheaterBroadway Method Academy, and Square Foot Theatre Company. Complimentary beverages and dessert bar and lots more silent auction, raffle, and mystery bag goodies to be won.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door. Call The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University Box Office at 203-254-4010.

The Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

If you have children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews in school, chances are the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation has helped or will help to enrich their lives in some way.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the BOW elementary schools and the Amity Middle and High Schools. Students in all six elementary schools and the two Amity Middle Schools have benefitted from the foundation’s arts educational programs, including a start-up grant for the Spartan Players theater club on the Bethany campus. At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors a visiting artist series in studio art, music, and theatre; the Memory Project, Mugs for Mankind, storytelling SLAM, as well as Amity Creative Theatre’s fall play and spring musical.

In 2015, a total of nine Amity graduates were recipients of four-year partial college scholarships to study art or theatre.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Popular Author/Story-Teller Coming To Amity High Next Week

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Apr 082016
 

Author Matthew Dicks

Author Matthew Dicks

Connecticut author and story-teller Matthew Dicks will visit Amity Regional High School next week to present two master classes in the art of story-telling. Matthew Dicks is the author of several novels, including Something Missing, The Perfect Comeback of Caroline Jacobs, and Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend. He has performed as a story-teller around the country, and has won the Moth StorySLAM 20 times. 

Matthew will speak to Amity’s Language Arts students involved in creative writing and literary analysis, and discuss the process for creating written and oral narratives.

Students who have prepared stories will have the opportunity to perform and receive feedback by this seasoned story-teller. At the end of the school day, students will compete in a Story Slam, open to the entire student body.

The event will be hosted by Amity’s librarians Robert Musco and Cara McConnell, and made possible by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at: jamiehulleyartsfund.org

OH WHAT A NIGHT! Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Gala Benefit Concert To Beat All Concerts!

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Jul 162015
 

hyully flierPresenting a dynamic musical review of hit songs from America’s favorite boys from New Jersey, OH WHAT A NIGHT! A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s thirteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction. This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features more than 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets, as well as Hollywood and sport memorabilia.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the door.

About the Headliners

OhWhatANight!_photo2OH WHAT A NIGHT! is an exciting musical revue written by Motown producer George Solomon, directed by award-winning Broadway producer/director Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist. The show features all the original Valli-Four Season hits as well as many top 10 releases not in Broadway’s Tony award-winning hit musical. According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president,“Everyone loves this music. We are very fortunate to have the country’s #1 Frankie Valli-Four Seasons tribute band at our gala.”

OH WHAT A NIGHT’s exhilarating, family-friendly musical revue thrills its audiences with great choreography, boundless energy, humor and instantly recognizable classic hits such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, Working My Way Back To You, Let’s Hang On and Who Loves You. The Gala will also showcase the talents the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs.

The Masters of Ceremonies for the evening’s festivities is Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, with Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, serving as co-hosts and auctioneers.

About the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation

jamieThe Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the BOW elementary schools and the Amity Middle and High Schools. Students in all six elementary schools and the two Amity Middle Schools have benefitted from the foundation’s arts educational programs, including a start-up grant for the Spartan Players theater club at the Bethany campus. At Amity High School, the foundation sponsors a visiting artist series in studio art, music, and theatre; the Memory Project, Mugs for Mankind, storytelling SLAM, as well as Amity Creative Theatre’s fall play and spring musical.

This year a total of nine Amity graduates are recipients of four-year partial college scholarships to study art or theatre.

For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Dr. K’s Motown Review performs at Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Gala Benefit at Fairfield University’s Quick Center for the Arts Sept. 6

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Sep 042014
 

dr k reviewRevisiting the Motown Sound and reprising one of modern music’s golden eras, Dr. K’s Motown Review headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s twelfth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 6,  at Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is preceded by an Evening for the Arts reception at 6 p.m., which includes complimentary wine and beer, light hors d’oeuvres and a Silent Auction.

This year’s pre-concert Silent Auction features over 150 items including a vacation getaway, a sunrise hot air balloon ride, vintage, handcrafted & designer items, baskets of treats, theater and sports tickets including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tickets, Hollywood and sport memorabilia, and special gifts from the cast of the Broadway Musical “Motown,” the New York Giants, the Boston Red Sox, and Derek Jeter’s Turn2Foundation. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door and may be purchased through the Quick Center Box office. 

Jamie Hulley foundation.jpgDr. K’s Motown Revue is led by veteran bassist, Paul Korman, whose musical quest was to put together the ultimate Motown tribute band. With Dr. K’s Motown Revue he succeeds in presenting an outstanding array of seasoned musicians and singers taking audiences on a very realistic journey back to the Motown era, when the songs emanating from Motown Records in Detroit filled the radio airwaves. The combination of powerhouse singers and precise musicianship brings an authentic musical punch to the stage, as Dr. K’s Motown Revue present an evening of classic Motown songs – hit after hit after hit – reprised in real time.

According to Judy Primavera, foundation co-founder and president, “It is going to be a night to remember. Not only will Dr. K’s Motown Revue will have the audience dancing in the aisles but our Gala will also showcase some of our own local talent – the young people who are involved in the foundation’s programs. Jared Brown, Artist Director of Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford is Masters of Ceremonies and Rob and Andrea Kennedy, Directors of Amity Creative Theatre, will be wielding the auctioneer’s gavel.”

 The Evening for the Arts Gala benefits the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, and created in the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala go to support the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, which sponsors scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut, especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.

The foundation’s presence has its greatest impact in the Orange & Amity schools providing over $20,000 annually in college scholarships, artist in residence programs, and program sponsorship in theater, studio art, music, and film at Amity High School. In fact, since the foundation’s inception in 2002, the foundation has given away over $500,000 in scholarships and educational programs benefiting many thousands of young people and early career professionals.  

The foundation provides educational programs to local public and parochial schools to bring professional artists, musicians, dancers, actors, and authors into the classroom to enhance the traditional curriculum through the arts. Thus far, schools in Ansonia, Bethany, Bridgeport, Derby, East Haven, Fairfield, Hartford, Orange, Manchester, New Haven, North Haven, Stratford, West Haven, Willimantic, and Woodbridge have benefited from the foundation’s educational programs.

The foundation also awards grants to local non-profits such as the Amity Teen Center, the New England Ballet Company for a 20-week school-readiness-through-dance program for Bridgeport preschoolers, the Milford Boys & Girls Club for an after school art program, and the Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford’s youth and adult theater companies. The foundation provides college scholarships in Theatre and in Studio Art as well as scholarships to children for music lessons and summer theater camp. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

 Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396. (1-877-278-7396). 

Originally Published on: Aug 26, 2014 @ 21:59

Jun 092014
 

Last year's winners.

Last year’s winners.

The 10th annual Amity Film Festival takes place at Amity High School tonight, Monday, June 9 at 6 p.m.

Back in 2005, the video arts was a fresh new offering in the Amity curriculum with Janice Holzer leading the way for future teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst was there from the beginning, too, teaching students about lighting, framing, editing and everything else they needed to know about making a good movie.

One of the most memorable films to come out of the Amity Film Festival was the 2009 film noire masterpiece entitled “White Toast,” the work of Greg Passik, Robert Gagne and Adam Kloc, which not only came in first at Amity, but went on to earn  the 2009 American Visions Award.

The video classes quickly grew in popularity and students in Amity Middle School clamor to get into the freshman courses and then most likely will follow it through to their senior year.

The film festival includes public service announcements, “20 shots” films  – showing the student’s ability to put a movie together using 20 different techniques and angles: Establishing shot; wide shot; close up shot; panning up and down, etc.; video films, poetry films, Story Set To Music, Documentary/News Package, short film, long film.

The Festival is presented each year by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, and Judy Primavera, (Jamie’s mom) is there to present the winners with certificates. She will send them checks and a personal note in the mail.

Come out tonight and see tomorrow’s famous film makers.

Extraordinary Work Shown At Amity Film Festival

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Jun 162013
 

The 2013 Winners of the Amity Film Festival with their teachers.

The 2013 Winners of the Amity Film Festival with their teachers.

The 9th annual Amity Film Festival took place at Amity High School on Thursday, June 13.

Back in 2005, the video arts was a fresh new offering in the Amity curriculum with Janice Holzer leading the way for future teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst was there from the beginning, too, teaching students about lighting, framing, editing and everything else they needed to know about making a good movie.

One of the most memorable films to come out of the Amity Film Festival was the 2009 film noire masterpiece entitled “White Toast,” the work of Greg Passik, Robert Gagne and Adam Kloc, which not only came in first at Amity, but went on to earn  the 2009 American Visions Award.

The video classes quickly grew in popularity and students in Amity Middle School clamor to get into the freshman courses and then most likely will follow it through to their senior year.

This year’s festival included a couple of new categories, including

• 9th grade: “20 shots” films – showing the student’s ability to put a movie together using 20 different techniques and angles: Establishing shot; wide shot; close up shot; panning up and down, etc.

• 10th-12th grade: Video Poem.

• 10th-12th grade: Music Video.

9th Grade videos

About 28 Freshmen participated in this year’s festival.

Of the 4 entries in the 20 shots film category “The Kidnapping” by Christina Genovese, Alexandra Morgan and Kayla Metzger came in first.

There were 5 Public Service Announcements competing. The winner was “If you See Something, Say Something” by Ryan Metzger, Ryan Chizmadia, John Szoke and Mike Hart.

Of the 4 videos with a Story Set To Music, “Skyboy” by Grayson Arndt, Noah Simon, Kerry Wolff and Wendy Zhan was the judge’s choice.

10th-12th Grade Videos

About 33 Sophomore, Junior and Senior film students had work in the festival.

Steffie Sandoval won the Video Poem category with “Smile” showing Amity’s special needs students including herself (she uses a wheelchair) doing extraordinary and rather ordinary things in school.

As a judge, I noted that it was nice seeing Amity’s “Other” superstars in the spotlight.

There were 5 entries in the Documentary/News Package category. Josh Hess won with his informative piece, “Amity Powderpuff 2012.”

The following three categories were tough and very close (within one point) with the judges.

A Short Film entitled “Mischievous” by Josh Shaperow, Josh Timpko and Eric Goodman-Strycula came in first.

Lindsay Wiener, Tricia Thiompson and Peter Charney’s Music Video “Forest Gump Suite” won its’ category.

Finally, the Long Film “Wilted” by Jake White took the top prize at the festival for several reasons, the storyline, acting, and imagery were memorable.

The Festival was presented by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, and Judy Primavera, (Jamie’s mom) was there to present the winners with certificates. She will send them checks and a personal note in the mail.

In the past, Judy wrote the checks at the festival, but it became much too hectic.

Judging for the festival has changed over the years. For the first 7  years all of them were seated together at a long table and discussed the films before making a final decision.

Last year and this week, each judge numbered their choices in order and submitted them to the three video teachers, Furst, Elizabeth Smolinski, Jeremy Iverson and Primvavera, to tally. In some cases the judges were just as surprised as the audience to hear who the winner was.

Furst thanked the parents for all their help and patience during, driving their kids around and putting up with the long production schedules.

“It takes a tremendous amount of commitment,” Furst said. “So, thank you parents.”

Peter Charney said he and his fellow filmmakers were up all night doing a final edit on their video.

“It was about 30 minutes long and we had to cut out about 15 minutes (and still keep the flow) for the festival,” he said.

The Video Arts students did a remarkable job this year, and with all the advances in video programming, we will most likely see even more amazing work at next year’s festival.