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Everything you need to know that's happening in and around the city

The New Jersey State Museum presents “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” an exhibition exploring the representation of beauty in Black culture.

A day or night at the museum is a great way to spend your time, if you like thought-provoking art. Organized by the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and curated by Deborah Willis, PhD, University Professor and Chair of the Department, this exhibition presented at the New Jersey State Museum will question ways that African and African American beauty has been represented throughout history, as well as within contemporary settings and pop culture. This exhibition is making its stop in Jersey, as it has been traveling the country on display. The exhibition can be seen on the Museum’s main first floor gallery from January 29th to May 22nd. Museum Executive Director and Curator of Fine Art, Margaret O’Reilly, stated, “This powerful exhibition explores the beauty and complexity of Black culture, while also discussing beauty as a political act. This will be our first new exhibition since the shutdown and know that visitors will find the topics both timely and thought-provoking.” The New Jersey State Museum is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. While general admission is free, donations to the NJ State Museum Foundation are accepted. All visitors over the age of two are required to wear a mask. For additional information visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov.

Artworks presents a photography exhibition by photographer Edwin Torres

Kicking off their 2022 exhibition season, Artworks presents a very detailed, yet personal look into the life of photographer, Edwin Torres in what he calls, Towers: Holding On. Set in Puerto Rico and Bronx, NY, the documentary of family photographs features an intimate look at a family who lived through migration, loss, pain, survival and triumph, to name a few. The award-wining photographer and Bronx native tells a story with his collection of family photographs, in which he dedicates to his late mother Nitza and the other family members seen in the images. You can catch this raw and real exhibition from February 1st to the 26th. The opening reception will be on February 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.artworkstrenton.org.

Trenton Animals Rock forced to end services

Unfortunately, Trenton Animals Rock (TAR) can no longer offer many of its services after its proposal to operate the Animal Welfare Services for the city was rejected by New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs. Citing excessive cost as the reason for the denial, the City of Trenton did not offer any details surrounding their decision. As a result, all animal welfare services will end, effective immediately. TAR is doing everything in its power to receive assistance from other resources, and asks the residents of Trenton to help with finding the 20 dogs in their care foster homes. Prior to TAR’s involvement, the city had a 47% euthanasia rate for dogs, so finding immediate placement for these animals is a priority. Please contact www.tarnj.org/foster if you’re interested in fostering a dog, and if you have any questions, email info@tarnj.org.

Trenton Health Team needs participants for medical research

Trenton Health Team (THT­) needs your help. They are partnering with Scripps Research Digital Trials Center to enlist Trenton residents to join a two-year medical research task. The innovative project will have participants use fitness trackers to identify and track viral illnesses, such as COVID-19. The health data that they will share through an Apple Watch, smartphone or Fitbit will be monitored and analyzed by medical scientists in an attempt to control the spread of the disease. THT’s Executive Director, Gregory Paulson, says, “THT has been serving Trenton for more than a decade and we are excited about this opportunity…participating in this study can help improve detection and treatment of illness." Participants can join with their own fitness tracker, or one will be provided to those who do not own one. THT is asking that participants be at least 18 years old. Participants will also have access to up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center (CDC) and the World Health Organization within the MyDataHelps app. For additional information on how to get involved, contact Nickisha Williams at 609-337-2104.

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