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The Winter Session of Bridges takes place over the course of 7 Friday afternoons, 3:30–5 p.m., starting on February 23, 2018.


Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in Bridges, a free intergenerational art program that brings together people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and middle school students for interactive explorations of artworks, storytelling, and creative expression. The program takes place at the Montclair Art Museum over the course of seven Friday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 p.m.


The program consists of:

  • An initial afternoon training workshop that will offer insights on dementia and introduce students to tools and strategies for engaging with patients.
  • Gallery conversations in which students will be paired with adults with dementia.
  • Several hands-on workshops where students will have the chance to work collaboratively with seniors on a range of creative projects involving, art, music, and storytelling.
  • Students receive a total of 10 hours of community service credit for participating in the full program.


To sign up, please email Noaa Stoler, Assistant Director, K–12 Learning and Gallery Interpretation at nstoler@montclairartmuseum.org.



NEW! Teen Space

Thursdays, 7–9 p.m.



A new open studio program for teens–Teen Space. Work on projects among peers in a professional studio space. Bring a project from school, a MAM studio class, or an independent project from home. Don’t forget your supplies! Please check main MAM calendar for schedule updates.



Scholastic Art Awards

Submission Deadline for 2018 Scholastic Art Awards: Northern New Jersey Region Wednesday, January 3

Award Ceremony & Opening Reception, Thursday, February 15



The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an 91-year-old national program that identifies and develops creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The Montclair Art Museum has served as the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey since 2009. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art. Its area of service includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren. To find your guidelines and deadlines, you must locate your Affiliate Partner. Please visit artandwriting.org to determine if you are within the Northern NJ Affiliate Region or the NJ Region-At-Large.


Apply at artandwriting.org


History & Past Winners



MAM Annual High School Lecture

Friday, February 23, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. with optional artist-led workshop 1–2:30 p.m.

$10 per person for lecture only (teachers are FREE with school groups),  $20 lecture and workshop


MAM’s Annual High School Lecture series invites prominent artists to share their insight with teens contemplating creative careers. This year, MAM will feature Dan Fenelon, whose signature “urban tribal” style is instantly recognizable on murals at the Montclair Library, Luna Stage in West Orange, and at many schools across the country, where he has worked with students of all ages. Trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Dan works in a range of media, from acrylic on canvas to 3-D printed figurines and larger-than-life sculptures. Dan is also the operator and resident-artist of the MAM Art Truck, which has brought him into many communities throughout NJ to engage a wide range of audiences in interactive art making. http://danfenelon.com/


Learn more or contact tours@montclairartmuseum.org.



Pictures Concert

Thursday, June 7, 5–9 p.m.



This annual spring event is a unique concert experience as New Jersey students explore the intersection of music and visual art. For the last decade, NJ students have been asked to compose music inspired by works of art found in the MAM collections. Guest musicians perform pieces written by students, and student honorees discuss their art-inspired music in a preconcert talk.


More information on applying for the Pictures Contest


This program is produced by the New Jersey Arts Collective.



Portfolio Review Day

October 2018


MAM Portfolio Reviews allow college-bound students to receive feedback on their visual art portfolios from college art school admission officers. Over 25 schools will be on site and available to meet with students. Please bring 12 to 20 pieces of original work including sketchpads if available. You may bring work in any medium including clothing, jewelry, and sculpture if you can carry it. If you wish your digital work to be viewed, bring your own laptop as well as an additional battery.