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Creative Expressions Campaign

Support the Healing Power of the Arts! 

Since the pandemic, anxiety and depression have doubled in our youth. Experts warn that a historic wave of mental health problems is approaching, including depression, substance abuse, PTSD, and suicide. Levels of stress and trauma are expected to be even higher in lower-income communities. 


To address this alarming problem, Monmouth Arts, the leading arts organization in Monmouth County, developed the Creative Expressions, Arts and Wellness Program, a countywide initiative that uses the arts to address the rise in mental health issues in our youth due to the pandemic. Creative Expressions applies art forms such as painting, music, and dance to effectively treat stress, anxiety, and depression arising from COVID-19.  Teaching artists and mental health professionals align themselves with Monmouth County organizations that serve economically disadvantaged youth to offer a wide range of free arts experiences over a four-week period.


Through the generosity of Impact 100 Jersey Coast, Creative Expressions was initiated last year. We have reached nearly 1,000 underserved youth in Long Branch, Neptune, Asbury Park, Freehold, and Red Bank. We have seen firsthand the incredible healing power of the arts, regardless of artistic experience or talent. 


Today, we embark on the Creative Expressions Campaign to bring the healing power of the arts to even more underserved youth in our community. We aim to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2022, to help underwrite the costs.    


To make our plans a reality, we need your help! Can YOU make a special year-end contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500, or $1,000? Just click the "Donate Now" link to make a difference today.


All contributors will be listed on the Monmouth Arts website and any donor that gives $250 or more will receive a limited edition Monmouth Arts tote. 

Jennifer Anderson
Nanci Anderson
Arthur Kontos Foundation
Joe Barris and Stephen Rubino
Alice Berman 
Barbara Birmingham
Belmar Arts Council
Luke Breslin, Esq. 
John Chiappinelli 
Jeanie and Mark Cleary
Carol Cronheim
Vicky Culver
Chris Curcia
Tom Bernard and Nena Danevic
Lori Desmond-Oakes
Anthony and Gretchen DiCesare
Elise Feldman
George Feldman
Marianne Ficarra 
Dr. Margaret Fisher
Freehold Raceway Mall 
James Geise 
Patti and Tom Gilmour
Allison and Philip Green
Sharon Harrington
George and Ruth Harms
Hagen Hottman
Pat Hutchinson 
Gail Kolflat 
Sheryl Jarvis
Irene Korfes
Monica Loncola
Claire Lonegan 
Lucille and Maurice Pollak Fund
Judith Luger 
Deb and Dwight Macock
Vincent Martini 
Susan Metz
Barbara C. Nelson 
Michael Parent 
Vincent Pastore 
Donald and Patricia Pignataro
Carla Powers
Dana Prinz 
Michelle Rath
Red Bank Frameworks
Barbara Reid 
Lynn Reich 
Steve Ross 
Roosevelt Arts Project 
Michael Rubin 
Barbara Sabaitis
Patrick Schiavino 
Pamela Smith 
Carol Stillwell
Carol Stout 
Bonnie Torcivia 
Gina Torello
Gail Van Winkle 

Richard and Patricia Wiedoff


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