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1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
862-438-8191

Gallery Hours During Exhibitions:
Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

Chairs of Inclusion


Chairs of Inclusion

A Seat at the Table for Everyone

In honor of the 10th anniversary of JSDD’s WAE Center, ten life sized chairs were commissioned by the Center. Throughout 2014 professional artists worked alongside the Center’s member artists to create a chair as a sculpture object. The chairs represent the Center's commitment and belief that every person is entitled to a “seat at the table”– in our community and our family lives.

The goal of the project is to shift perceptions about people with developmental disabilities and broaden the public’s awareness of policies about inclusion.

The Chairs of Inclusion project represents the convergence of inclusion, expressive arts, and community.

The Chairs are objects of art that inspire a change in perceptions about what individuals with disabilities can accomplish and are a testimony to the talents that often lay hidden in people with special needs.

 You can learn about the project and the lead artists’ experiences at www.chairsofinclusion.org

The exhibit is co-curated by 1978 Board of Trustee members Mansa K. Mussa and Onnie Strother.


Photo Gallery

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photo credit : Mansa K Mussa


About the WAE Center

Wellness, Arts, Enrichment

The JSDD's WAE Center (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) is an alternative learning center in West Orange where members explore avenues for maximizing independence and achieving personal fulfillment.

The Center was founded on the belief and knowledge that each individual possesses the potential for creating a meaningful life, a process the Center calls “Finding the Spark Within.” Inclusion is implemented every single day by facilitators trained to bring people of diverse abilities together as equals.


Participating Lead Artists

Susanna Baker
Dan Fenelon
Tim Folzenlogen
Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern
Ellen Hanauer
Jennifer Levine
Yvette Lucas
Mansa K. Mussa
Stephen Schwartz
Gladys Barker Grauer & Onnie Strother

photo credit : Mansa K Mussa


Opening Times

August 2nd - August 28th, 2015
Opening Reception : Sunday August 2nd, 2-5pm

Gallery Hours : Saturay & Sunday 2-5pm


Meet the Artists Gallery Talk

Wednesday, August 19th, 7-9 pm

Susanna Baker, Vicki Parker, Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Jennifer Levine, Mansa K. Mussa, and  Stephen W. Schwartz will talk about their experience with this project.

photo credit : Mansa K Mussa


Events & Workshops

Saturday, August 2nd 2-5pm FREE
Public Reception with light refreshments and cool jazz

Saturday, August 8th,2-4pm FREE
PAINTING

Saturday, August 15th, 2-4pm FREE
COLLAGE

Wednesday, August 19th, 7-9 PM FREE
ARTIST TALK

Saturday, August 22nd, 2-4pm FREE
MIXED MEDIA

Saturday, August 22nd, 4-5pm FREE
SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION

For more information about the workshops contact ONNIE STROTHER : 973-960 6988