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Support The Arts! Get Your Tickets NOW for the Evening For The Arts

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Jul 172018
 

The Broadway Boys are back by popular demand to headline the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s sixteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 8, at Fairfield University’s Quick Center, 1073 N. Benson Rd. Fairfield.

The event benefits the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation’s scholarship and educational programs. Reception and silent auction preview begin at 6 p.m. – the performance begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.

To purchase tickets, call the Quick Center box office at 203-254-4010 or purchase online at http://quickcenter.fairfield.edu/


If we raise $10,000 in donations by December 31st we will receive $10,000 in matching funds from a generous “angel” family.

Help us win $10,000 in matching funds offered by a local family foundation.  We must collect $10,000 by December!

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

What You Should Know About The Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation

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Jul 162018
 

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 16 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 16th Annual Gala on Sept. 8. But, if you cannot attend the event, you may make a donation at any time.

Click HERE to make an electronic donation or through VENMO: @Jamie-Hulley-Foundation-3 or simply

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

A timely donation by December 31, 2018, will help raise even more money for the organization.

If the foundation raises $10,000 in donations by December 31st it will receive $10,000 in matching funds from a generous “angel” family.

To help them win $10,000 in matching funds offered by a local family foundation, the foundation must collect $10,000 by the last day in December (New Year’s Eve!) and Remember to check if your employer will match your donation.

Support The Arts! Jamie Hulley Fundraising Gala On Sept. 9

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Aug 282017
 

“RUBIX KUBE – the galaxy’s most original ’80s tribute band” and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW – headlines the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation’s fifteenth annual Evening for the Arts Gala Benefit on Saturday, September 9, 2017, 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, a dessert bar and silent and live auctions. 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.

RUBIX KUBE and their EIGHTIES STRIKES BACK SHOW is a one-of-a-kind, interactive ’80s time warp extravaganza. RUBIX KUBE is led by a male and female dynamic duo of karma chameleons, able to transform in-the-blink-of-an-eye into the voice and character of any ’80s icon. Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Devo, Bon Jovi, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, Aerosmith and more! Their supporting sidekicks are some of the most excellent and versatile musicians around, including Steve Brown of the million-selling Rock band TRIXTER and David Z from The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. All are decked out in vibrant, vintage ’80s threads and with enough hairspray to take down Freddy Krueger, The Terminator, and all The Gremlins at once. The KUBE is able to crank out Pop, Rock, New Wave, and Dance hits from the decade of decadence, and perform them just like the originals – yet with their own gnarly twist.  This fast-paced, exhilarating show is truly a most AWESOME ‘80s experience.

“RUBIX KUBE is so exciting – they look like and sound like the real thing! It’s a ’80s party so guests should feel free to come dressed in their favorite ’80s garb,” said Judy Primavera, co-founder, and president of the Jamie Hulley Arts Foundation.  “There is something for everyone – excellent entertainment, yummy desserts, and ‘totally rad’ auction and raffle items to bring home.” 

The Gala also showcases the talents of young aspiring performers involved in the foundation’s programs at Square Foot Theatre in Wallingford, Amity High School’s Creative Theatre, and Broadway Method Academy in Fairfield. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Jared Brown, Artistic Director of Square Foot Theatre with Amity Creative Theatre’s Rob and Andrea Kennedy and Broadway Method Academy’s Connor Deane & J. Scott Handley serving as co-hosts.

The Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational enrichment and professional development of young artists and early career professionals, was founded to celebrate the memory of Orange, CT, resident Jamie Alaine Hulley. All proceeds from the Gala are dedicated to scholarships, educational programs and grants in the arts throughout Connecticut especially in the greater New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Since the foundation’s creation in 2002, nearly 750,000 in scholarships and grants have been awarded which have touched the lives of thousands of area youth each year. For information on the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, visit www.jamiehulleyartsfund.org, call (203) 891-8869, or email: jamieart@snet.net.

Amity Students Talent Showcased at Annual Film Festival

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Jun 132014
 

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

The winners of the 10th Annual Amity Film Festival.

The tenth annual Amity Film Festival took place on Monday evening in the John Brady Center for the Performing Arts.

The event is sponsored by the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation and that organization’s founder Judy Primavera was on-hand to not only help judge the competition, but also to hand out award certificates to the winners.

The Film Class has grown in the past decade from a few classes to one of the most popular electives with 12 classes and three full time teachers.

Teacher Jonathan Furst, who’s been with the program since it began said, “The competition was fierce. It was very difficult to choose which films would be included in the festival this year.”

This year’s winners were:

9th Grade: Story Set To Music

“Cinderella” — Alicia Chen, Shannon Dillon and Kaitlyn Paradis

9th Grade Documentary Shorts 

“The Artist” — Bianca Gibbons-Morales

10th-12th Grade: 6 Shot Films

“Speaking Out” — Morgan Perry and Christina Magliocco

10th – 12th Grade: News Story

“Fall Festival” — Becca Norton reporting

10th – 12th Grade: Best Short Film

“Payback” — Ariel Lowenthal and Tiffany Walter

10th-12th Grade: Best Long Film

“Alignment” — Noah Simon

 

 

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.

New Mural Unveiled at Orange Board of Education Meeting

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Aug 202013
 

Allie and Judy Primavera in front of the OBOE mural.

Allie and Judy Primavera in front of the OBOE mural.

The Orange Board of Education (OBOE) proudly unveiled a new mural for an old bulletin board hanging in the Mary L. Tracy upstairs meeting hall this week.

Allie Stack, of Woodbridge, a student at the Maine College of Art, submitted a beautiful mural and was awarded a Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Grant to complete an original painting for the OBOE.

Allie and Judy Primavera of the Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation, were on hand at Monday night’s OBOE meeting for the reveal.

This mural is one example of the wonderful things the Foundation does to promote the arts in our area.

On September 7, a gala fundraising event will take place at Fairfield University to benefit the foundation.

 

 

 

Democratic Slate Contains A Who’s Who Of Citizens

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Jul 232013
 

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 10.14.51 AMLast Night, Monday, July 22, the Orange Democrats held its caucus and chose the candidates they will run in the November Municipal Election.

As you can see, the list contains many prominent residents to make a well rounded slate. Some are incumbents, but it also contains a number of newcomers.

First Selectman
Ken Lenz

Board of Selectmen (3)
Mitch Goldblatt

John Cifarelli

Jody Dietch

Town Clerk
Pat O’Sullivan

Board of Finance (3)
PJ Shanley

Jen Alfaro

Glenn Pearson

Planning & Zoning (2)
Jen Chasen

John Sandella

Orange Board of Ed (3)
Karen DeFur Maxwell

Deanna Pucillo

Marc Robbins

-two year term (1)
Sue Riccio

Amity Board of Ed (3)
Sue Cohen

Judy Primavera

Kim Syrop

Constables (4)
Santo Galatioto Jr

Bob Shanley

Randy Thomas

Matt Norko

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.