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Cartoonist Dave Roman To Visit Amity Regional High School

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Jan 062020
 

Author and illustrator, Dave Roman, will visit Amity Regional High School next week to offer workshops to Amity’s Art and English Language Arts classes.

Mr. Roman is the creator of Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, which won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Book Award.  Mr. Roman has also written Teen Boat!, which was honored as a Junior Library Guild Selection, and Agnes Quill:  An Anthology of Mystery.  He is the co-author of two New York Times best-selling graphic novels, X-Men: Misfits and The Last Airbender: Zuko’s Story, and recently illustrated the children’s science book Pluto is Peeved.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts (New York), Mr. Roman worked as a comics editor for Nickelodeon Magazine from 1998 to 2009.  He currently lives in New York.

Mr. Roman’s visit promises to be a lively and visually-engaging discussion about comics and how they have served as inspiration throughout his life, fostering a love for reading and a passion to make his own books.

The event will be hosted by Amity Regional High School librarians, Robert Musco and Victoria Hulse, and made possible by the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  More information about the Foundation’s mission and work can be found at www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org . This event is not open to the public.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Presents A $3,000 Grant Award

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Jan 062020
 

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation based in Orange recently awarded Amity Middle School in Bethany $3,000 in grant awards for three creative proposals to integrate arts into its curriculum.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Marika Wissink, was awarded $1,000 for a special interdisciplinary project.

Ms. Wissink’s students will work with visiting artist, Heather Stoltz, to create a fiber arts project where
students create fiber art to demonstrate their learning of the 19th-century social reform movements.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher, Robert Murphy, was awarded $1,000 to host singer/songwriter Laura
Clapp to collaborate on an interdisciplinary project where students will create music to demonstrate their
learning of reform propaganda and its’ relationship to the 19th-century social reform movements.

Seventh-grade social studies teacher, Nick DaPonte, was awarded $1,000 to have the Okra Dance Company
perform “Journey into Africa”.  This is in conjunction with the social studies unit on African Geography and
Culture, the English classes reading “A Long Walk to Water”, and the special Global Issues project for all
students.

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Aug 222019
 

When I was working at the Amity Observer Newspaper back in 2002, I came across a very sad notice. A young woman from Orange had passed away and the more I learned about her, the more I felt I knew her.

Jamie Alaine Hulley, the daughter of Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley, was only 20 years old when she died, leaving behind a legacy of talent and creativity.

Shortly after her death, the Jamie A Hulley Arts Foundation was established to help other young people learn about and appreciate all of the things Jamie loved. In the past 17 years, it has helped thousands of children, teens and college students realize their potential for creativity and gave many underprivileged children opportunities they otherwise would never have been able to experience.

Who was Jamie A. Hulley?

(from the foundation website)

jamieJamie was a creative soul who had the gift of seeing the world as a thing of beauty. As a child, Jamie saw pictures in the clouds, danced rather than walked, filled reams of paper with her sketches and paintings, performed for any audience, sang to anyone who would listen, and turned anything and everything into a beautiful art project. Her dreams for the future always involved “creating” in one way or another.

As she grew into adulthood, she became a talented studio artist, writer, dancer, singer, songwriter, actor, and comedian. Jamie was a lover of people who had the talent of seeing the good in others and making all who knew her feel special. She was known for her warm smile, quick wit, and her loud infectious laughter.

Jamie was an avid seeker of new experiences. She embraced the unknown with a seemingly insatiable curiosity and definitely was a person who danced through life to the beat of a different drummer. Jamie’s dream of pursuing a career in the arts was cut short in 2002 just two weeks before her 21st birthday after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lymphoma.

To celebrate Jamie’s vivacious spirit and the beauty that she brought to the world, her family and friends established the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation. The foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and career development opportunities in the arts including Grants for Schools, Special Project Grants in the Community; Scholarships, and Jamie’s legacy programs that reflect the experiences, the places, and the people that she loved.

This is where the money goes:

From Sept. 2017 through now, this is how the foundation has distributed its funds

Scholarships:

 Eight 4–year college scholarships in theater and studio arts to Amity HS students
 13 full scholarships to Missoula Children’s Theatre camp at Fairfield University (based on need) to youth in greater Bridgeport area
 3 talent development scholarships for youth (based on need) to take weekly lessons in musical theater at Broadway Method Academy — The program run by Orange native, Connor Deane
 Four $1,000 scholarships awarded at the Sondheim Awards – 2 to the best actor/actress and 2 to students nominated by their high school teachers and chosen by the JAH foundation recognizing talent in both performance and in promoting a positivity on stage and off.

School Educational Programs:
 More than 25 different educational programs were sponsored in schools in the Bridgeport, New Haven and Hartford regions
• Orange schools: 5 programs including Dancing with the Racebrook stars for its 9th year; yoga program for 1st graders at Turkey Hill School for its 4th year; and sponsorship of the Peck Place Drama Club’s production
• Amity Middle School Orange: 3 programs including the film production program in its 4th-year and Sponsorship of the Spartan
Player’s production of The Music Man
• Amity Middle School – Bethany: 3 programs – including sponsorship of the Spartan Players production of Once on This Island, Jr.
• Amity High School: 13 programs including sponsorship of Amity Creative Theatre’s productions of The Laramie Project Ten Years
Later and The Addams Family, funding to have ACT students mentored by Laramie Project people and Broadway actor Erick Buckley who was a cast member in The Addams Family; sponsorship of The Duality School of Music’s after-school music industry workshop series; visiting artists in studio art, music, and English including sponsorship of the annual Storytelling SLAM; The Memory Project; NAHS annual museum trip, etc.

Programs with Community Groups:
 Fellowship Place in New Haven – sponsorship of a year-round weekly dance class for clients living with mental illness
 Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield – support for development and production of Evita
 Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford – Headlining Sponsor for the 2017-2018 season
 Theatre Fairfield at Fairfield University – sponsorship of the student independent project
 Orange Community Women – sponsorship of Bubblemania Early Career Awards
 One award to Johnny Shea – he is now starring in the lead role in Peter Pan at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Legacy Awards:
 Art Award at Racebrook School
 Art Award at Amity Middle School Orange
 Dance Award at Lee Lund Studio of Dance in Milford CT
 Senior Thesis Stipend Award at Wesleyan University

What Can YOU Do?

That said, there are ways that you can help keep the foundation strong, so it can continue its good work throughout the next year.

Obviously, you may attend the 17th Annual Gala on Sept. 7. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Send a check/money order to:
Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation
P.O. Box 1208
Orange, CT 06477

 

Jamie Hulley Foundation Brings Songwriting Program To Race Brook School

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May 292019
 

Students learning about the structural possibilities of a song.

Sixth graders in Bernadette Bober’s room at Race Brook School are participating in a songwriting workshop.

This program was made possible by a grant awarded to RBS from the  Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation.

Students were asked to brainstorm freely as a whole and then broken into smaller groups to allow for the development of themes, lyrics, and melodies.

The groups were offered guidance as needed but encouraged to work as a team to flesh out their ideas. This gets them out of their comfort zone and fosters cooperation and team building.

This program is called “Write it Out”  started by Guilford-based singer/songwriter Laura Clapp. She is a Berklee College of Music graduate, mother of two and performer who loves working with children through song.

More information can be found at www.writeitoutworkshops.com.  

You’re Invited To Preview The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

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Dec 062018
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, invites everyone to a “Preview Night” Fundraiser at the Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful, intimate BYO cabaret-style venue, where you can bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show.

The production is “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” and the cost is whatever you decide to donate! Imagine that, a play for $5, $10, $15, $20… it’s up to you, and your donation goes to the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, which is then given back to local arts programs at our schools and others in nearby communities.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. just come the night of the show, but to guarantee seating, reservations are highly recommended. Reserve your space by calling 203-506-5003 or e-mail jamieart@snet.net.  

Pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Treat Yourself to A Play And Help A Great Cause

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Nov 082018
 

The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, based in Orange, invites everyone to a “Preview Night” Fundraiser at the Square Foot Theater, 950 Yale Ave., Wallingford on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful, intimate BYO cabaret-style venue, where you can bring your favorite food and drinks to enjoy before and during the show.

The production is “Into The Woods,” and the cost is whatever you decide to donate! Imagine that, a play for $5, $10, $15, $20… it’s up to you, and your donation goes to the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, which is then given back to local arts programs at our schools and others in nearby communities.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. just come the night of the show, but to guarantee seating, reservations are highly recommended. Reserve your space by calling 203-506-5003 or e-mail jamieart@snet.net.

Pay at the door: cash or checks only.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Funds Amity Middle School (Bethany) Production

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Oct 112018
 

Michael Crisci, Forest Vandeflor, Fred Hulley (sponsor), Judy Primavera (sponsor),
Dr. Keith Smolinski, Nina Carmeli, Spencer Fiske

With a generous grant from their headlining sponsor, The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation [based in Orange], The Spartan Players (Bethany campus) announced the production of High School Musical Jr. as its fall musical.

The show will take place at the school on  Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. 

The Spartan Players look forward to bringing this energetic story to life.

The Squarefoot Theatre Company’s Patrick Laffin has teamed up with Amity staff members, Keith Smolinski, Robert Fragione, and Marissa Nall, to bring this amazing show to the Middle School stage.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for all performances.

Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation Sponsors Zentangle Workshop

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Sep 272018
 

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation sponsored a workshop for students and staff at Amity Regional High School where they learned how to Zentangle during the last session of the day and after school. 

Visiting artist, Cari Camarra, came in and shared her passions and talents in the art of Zentangle. 

The students and staff who participated found a new way to meditate and persevere through mistakes whether in art or life, along with learning a new art form. 

This session would not have been possible without the support of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation, the Amity Regional High School administration, and the dedicated teachers who bring in artists to share their experiences throughout the school year. 

The photo shows some of the finished Zentangles from one of the workshop sessions.    

Have Dinner For A Good Cause At Friday’s on Friday

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Jul 132018
 

Appreciative Amity students who’ve benefited from the generosity and good work of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation have arranged for a fundraiser to benefit their favorite charity.

On Friday, July 13, come on down to TGI Friday’s, 348 Boston Post Road, Orange, from 5 to 10 p.m., 20% of sales will benefit the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation when you present this flyer at check-out.

Judy Primavera and Fred Hulley have given so much to our young people through this foundation named for their beloved daughter, the late Jamie Hulley, an artist, dancer, actor, singer who loved the arts and loved life. You can show them your appreciation by enjoying a meal and helping raise money for the foundation so they can continue to help enrich the lives of your children.

Amity Middle School Students Participate In Video Production Program

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May 312018
 

Pictured (top row from left to right):  Daniella Landino, Colleen Shaw, Zola Kneeland, Gillian Fuchs, Michael Pickett, Nolan Young, Mason Beaudette, Tristan Douglas, Kyheem Moore-Horton, Andrew Soldra, Daniel Slugoski, Emma Hatjopoulou, Alexandra Louros Pictured (bottom row):  Carly Gravitt, Jake DeMattia Missing from picture:  Jade Krukar, Kayley Mingione, Melissa Musante (Photo by Kristin Yeakel)

Amity Middle School in Orange has had a cadre of eighth-grade students participating in a video production program run by former Amity student, Tristan Douglas, again this year.  The program was made possible through a grant from the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation (www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org).

Mr. Douglas met with the student cadre sixteen times over the course of the school year and introduced the students to the art of video production.  Students learned how to storyboard, set up and use a professional video camera and equipment, navigate the intricacies of filming a video, and much, much more.

This year’s participating students were:  Mason Beaudette, Jake DeMattia, Gillian Fuchs, Carly Gravitt, Emma Hatjopoulou, Zola Kneeland, Jade Krukar, Daniella Landino, Alexandra Louros, Kayley Mingione, Ky Moore-Horton, Melissa Musante, Mikey Pickett, Colleen Shaw, Dan Slugoski, AJ Soldra, and Nolan Young.

Thanks to the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation grant, the video production students were exposed to a wide array of learning opportunities.  Amity Middle School in Orange does not currently have a course in video production like Amity Regional High School does; however, many students are interested in that aspect of art and drama.  This opportunity was embraced wholeheartedly by the students.  The program was a resounding success; and if offered again next year, there are several seventh graders who are very interested in participating in it.

The final video will be shown at the Amity Middle School in Orange Moving Up Ceremony in June and will be viewed by the nearly nine hundred people who will be attending the ceremony.