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Established in January 2009, the TASK Performing Arts Program, entitled "The SHARE Project" has an open door policy and all are welcome to participate. The group meets every Thursday afternoon from 11:30am - 1:00pm in the multipurpose room at TASK. At each meeting, participants work on writing new poems, songs, short stories, and plays and then share their writings with the group to receive feedback and constructive criticism. We also use the weekly meeting time to invite professionals in performing arts fields to volunteer an hour or so to present a workshop for the group.
In 2010, SHARE Participants with the help of Director Frank Lettieri created a 3-minute film for the Shoprite Expressions of Hunger Contest. SHARE was named one of the grand prize winners and our group picture was printed on the backs of 150,000 boxes of Cheerios. To view SHARE's winning video entry, click here. In 2013, Frank Lettieri directed a second video of SHARE Project original poetry called "Life As We Know It." Click here to view it. We are always looking for volunteers to help film, edit, and help us share videos of our performances.
In addition, a band has been formed at TASK. Members voted to name the band "The FunkTASKtiks". The band practices Mondays between 11:00am and 1:00pm in the multipurpose room at TASK and is open to any aspiring musician, regardless of skill level. The program allows patrons to come together and play and sing with a variety of 5 instruments: keyboard, bass, drums, electric/acoustic guitars, and a number of rhythm instruments.
For the first of two hours the band plucks their way through a "jam" session. Participants can sing songs, play instruments, or just listen to the music. The second hour is more like an "open mic" where participants can sign up for a ten minute slot where he/she can choose to show off a song they've been rehearsing or invite other musicians in the room to practice a selection of his/her choice. The songs can be original pieces or "cover" songs. All types of music are welcome; from folk to funk. During each session, members briefly discuss upcoming events, performances, and the progress and direction of the overall program.
In addition to rehearsing and performing, the group takes trips to see local theatrical productions, musical concerts, dance performances, and poetry readings. We are constantly seeking donations of tickets to see local performance arts events.
You can help The SHARE Project by:
If you have any questions or would like any information, please contact Jaime Parker, SHARE Project Coordinator at (609) 695-5456 x 105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.