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Marianne Ficarra

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Phone: (732) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address: New York City, New York, United States
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, New Jersey 07738
United States

Company Description: The Monmouth Museum, founded in 1963 as a Museum of Ideas, presents changing exhibitions in art, history and science to educate and entertain while providing a...   more
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Transcultural New Jersey
www.transculturalnj.org, 9 Mar 2008 [cached]
Marianne Ficarra Publications ManagerTranscultural New Jersey18 Bishop PlaceNew Brunswick, NJ 08901Tel: 732.932.4302 Tel: 732.932.4391
Transcultural New Jersey Catalogue
www.transculturalnj.org, 9 Mar 2008 [cached]
CHRIS KELLY staff Marianne Ficarra is coordinating a statewide effort to bring recognition to the state's ethnic artists and the influence art from different cultures has on the mainstream art world.
A wave of immigrants is making New Jersey one of the most diverse states in the nation, but you aren't likely to find art created by the new arrivals in the state's museums and galleries, according to a local art historian.
"New Jersey artists for the most part are neglected and not recognized, in particular coming from these ethnic groups," noted Marianne Ficarra, project coordinator for Transcultural New Jersey: Diverse Artists Shaping Culture and Communities, a statewide arts initiative aimed at bringing visual art created by ethnic artists into the cultural mainstream.
"The purpose of this initiative is to make the general public aware of the existence of these artists and their traditions, their cultural heritage," she said.The statewide Transcultural NJ initiative is a collaboration of stakeholders in the cultural life of the state, explained Ficarra, a Fair Haven resident.
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A returning student who earned a degree at Douglass College after raising her family, Ficarra has taken on another role she may not have anticipated , overseeing the Web site, www.transculturalNJ.org, scheduled to be up and running by Nov. 1.
The arts initiative, she explained recently, was inspired by data collected in the 2000 U.S. Census.
"Transcultural NJ was spurred by the 2000 Census which showed a tremendous rise in ethnic populations in New Jersey," she said.
The Census showed a 71 percent increase in the Asian community, a 39 percent increase in Latinos, and a 15 percent increase in the African-American community, she said, and recent figures indicate the Latino population as of 2002 is even higher.
That data generated interest among arts groups, Ficarra said, and led to discussions between Isabel Nazario, director of Rutgers' Office of Intercultural Initiatives, and Jeffrey Wexler, senior curator of the Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick.
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As a result, they're not recognized by curators," Ficarra explained."The challenge is how do they get their work out?Also, many can't afford to be full-time artists and to market themselves."
The new demographics presented a challenge for Ficarra, who had to use alternate methods in her quest to identify artists from the ethnic groups included in the project.
"A lot of these folk artists don't consider themselves artists, so if you put out a call for artists, they don't recognize it as such," she explained."So you find them by being referred from one person to another."
In addition, Ficarra tapped various arts groups like the Monmouth County Arts Council, the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the folk life program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Another resource was a registry compiled by the Center for Latino Art at Rutgers University that provided names of Latino artists.As a result of the project, the registry has been expanded to include African-American, Asian-American and Native American artists.
And, she expects to discover more artists as a result of the initiative.
Ficarra came up with a cross spectrum of ethnic artists , some established and some unknown , including men and women of all ages, working in mediums including fiber arts, painting, sculpture, installation art and video.
But Transcul-tural NJ isn't just a year's worth of exhibits of ethnic art, Ficarra noted, because some diverse artists create art that fits within the mainstream, while some artists of European descent assimilate ethnic elements into their work.
"It shows how these groups impact on each other, that's transculturation," she explained."It's more than multiculturalism, which is an acknowledgment of other ethnic groups.
"This project is putting all of these groups together and looking at them as a whole and their impact on each other."
As part of the initiative, Ficarra is curating "Exploring Cultures and Memories Through the Fiber Arts," an exhibit of quilts created over a 15-year period by classes of ESL (English as a second language) students as a learning tool that will open at the Monmouth Museum on the campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft next July.
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"I don't think we've even begun to understand what an impact this initiative will have in terms of communities and their awareness being developed," added Ficarra, "of art, of traditions of various cultures and the artists in our midst."
Special recognition and heartfelt thanks ...
www.transculturalnj.org, 18 Nov 2007 [cached]
Special recognition and heartfelt thanks to Marianne Ficarra, Coordinator of Transcultural New Jersey, who was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the Initiative, including acting as liaison between the participating individuals and institutions, assisting with the organization of the catalogues, and for performing and co- editing related research.In addition to executing these myriad responsibilities with grace, she took on the additional role of curator for one of the Transcultural exhibitions.She has given unsparingly of her time, knowledge, and energy and through it all inspired staff and students.
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Volume 2: Ashley Atkins, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters Galleries; Lawrence Capiello, The Arts Guild of Rahway; Ulysses S. Dietz, the Newark Museum; Nancy Einreinhoffer, William Paterson University, Ben Shahn Galleries; Marianne Ficarra, Monmouth Museum; Ann Keen, Stedman Art Gallery, Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University; Wynsor Gervais, Paul Robeson Art Galleries, Rutgers-Newark; John Kavalos and the Numina Gallery students and staff, Princeton High School; Natalia Kolodzei, Bergen Museum of Art and Science; Judith Paige, Kean University, James Howe Fine Arts Galleries; Jose Rodeiro, New Jersey City University; Teresa Rodriguez, Montclair State University Galleries; Helen Shannon, New Jersey State Museum; A.M. Weaver, Noyes Museum; Midori Yoshimoto, New Jersey City University; and Raul Zamudio, Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art.
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We are indebted to the Steering Committee of the statewide 2002 Diversity Conference that helped launch the Initiative: Susan Forman, Elizabeth Christopherson, Clement Price, Judith Brodsky, Marion Grzesiak, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Pamela Ford, Marianne Ficarra, Susan Wallner, Glenda Daniel, Sandra Rocio Castro, Vilma Perez, Alejandro Anreus, Victor Davson, Ward Mintz, Anna Aschkenes, Helen Shannon, Nila Aronow, Willie Sanchez, Carla Hernandez, William Westerman, Julio Nazario, Arthur Factor, Ferris Olin, Laura Fattal, Joan Marter, To Thi Bosacchi, Prosper Godonoo, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Kim Nguyen, and Carolyn Brown.
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www.arttable.org, 29 Aug 2004 [cached]
For more information and/or directions, call the Monmouth Museum - 732-747-2266 or e-mail ArtTable member, Marianne Ficarra at - ficarra@aol.com; check the Transcultural NJ website for exhibition listings, descriptions, artists' registries, programs, etc. at www.transculturalnj.org
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This exhibition was curated by ArtTable member, Marianne Ficarra, Project Manager, Transcultural New Jersey, Rutgers University Office of Intercultural Initiatives
transcultural new jersey, artists registry
www.1st-in-unsigned-artists.com, 9 Oct 2004 [cached]
Kindly contact Marianne Ficarra, Project Coordinator, Transcultural New Jersey ... http://www.morrisarts.org/registry.htm
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