The public is invited to join artists working in color and collaborating with Hudson County Community College

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Join us for the launch of Hudson County Community College’s Backstage Sundays, a series of events inviting the public to join artists at work – and maybe even create their own art! In Full Color is the program’s first resident artist group, with events February 6 and 13, as well as March 6, 13 and 20 at Dineen Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Ave., Sixth Floor, Jersey City, NJ .

Up to 10 guests can attend any of these events in person. All guests will be masked. Some events will be livestreamed or available on Zoom. All events are free.

Here’s what’s on deck for February. Please note that two of the events take place on the same day, February 13. See RSVP pages and all linking information.

Sunday, February 6 at 2 p.m. EST: New works by Nancy Méndez-Booth

A Jersey City Arts Council Literary Arts Award winner, three-time In Full Color graduate, critically acclaimed and proud writer, Boricua shares her latest works – a thrilling fusion of poetry, enhanced non-fiction and drama – which explore themes such as guilt, caregiving, code-switching, and living in and with the pandemic. Participants will also be able to participate in a writing exercise and work sharing.

Sunday, February 13 at 10 a.m. EST: 10th anniversary reading of “Secrets; Love”

(virtual RSVP or RSVP in person)

In Full Color founder and director Summer Dawn revisits her piece from the Downtown Urban Arts Festival with her original cast! A hybrid event, with in-person and virtual participation options. The play opens with the kidnapping of Rizalia Salem, Marcus Salem’s wife, and Marcus’ best friend, Marton, at the eldest Salem’s wedding.

However, when their neighbor Diego Carbonell hears mysterious and terrifying sounds coming from their house, he begins to think the truth may be darker than anyone suspects. With the Salem’s daughter, Luz, he puts the pieces together and finds out how far some would go for love.

Sunday, Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m. EST: Let’s Make Poetry Collage Zines!

A workshop for new poetry/collage/zine makers with Sabrina Sims of Starly Zines. We will have art materials available for collage. Got extra pens, markers, paper, magazines, scissors and glue sticks? Please bring them if you can! Also pack any desired/preferred art supplies and materials for your own work.

The March schedule will be announced shortly and will include events from Jersey City Poet Laureate RescuePoetix, lauded poet Dena Igusti launching a new film project focusing on Southeast Asian stories, and writers Nina Ki and Kendra Augustin, both creating new creations for stage and film.

In Full Color and Hudson County Community College’s Behind the Scenes Sundays are Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. (New Works by Nancy Méndez-Booth) and Feb. 13 at 10 a.m. (“Secrets; Love” 10th Anniversary Reading) and 1:30 p.m. (Let’s make Poetry Collage Zines!). All events are free and open for up to 10 guests in person at Dineen Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Ave., Sixth Floor, Jersey City, NJ. All guests must be masked. Virtual options available for some events. For more information and to RSVP, visit InFullColor.org.

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