Arts Horizons will hold its Leap Into the Arts Gala on Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The event, emceed by Broadway's Ron Sharpe, will celebrate the arts with cocktails, dinner, music by The Cameos, dancing and a silent auction to help raise funds for Arts Horizons. The event will also honor Arts Horizons Board Chair Barbara Ann Sellener, Teaching Artist Mansa K. Mussa, and The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.
Barbara Ann Sellinger is the Chair and General Counsel for Arts Horizons. Previously, she was the General Counsel for Kamine Development Corp, the Group Vice President, Enterprise Labor and Employment Law at Wyndham Worldwide, Chief Legal Officer, Labor and Litigation Counsel at American Standard and Chief Labor and Litigation Counsel at RJR Nabisco.
Early in her career, she worked for the National Labor Relations Board Division of Judges and the U.S. Department of Labor. She previously worked as an associate at the labor and employment law firm of Grotta, Glassman and Hoffman and in the employment law group of the law firm Cohen Shapiro. She was a partner at the labor and employment law firm of Epstein Becker and Green.
Ms. Sellinger received her bachelor's, Magna Cum Laude/Phi Beta Kappa/Phi Kappa Phi from Syracuse University, her master's, from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and her law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University, where she was awarded a dean's fellowship. Her memberships, affiliations and awards include:
➢ Arts Horizons, Trustee and General Counsel, 2009-present, Chair 2014-present
➢ Selected for the 2009 Corporate Sector NJ Women Lawyer Association
Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Platinum Award
➢ American Cancer Society, Board of Advisors Member, Northwest NJ Region 2012-present, Vice Chair, 2016-present
➢ American Cancer Society, Chair, Starry Night Gala, 2010-present
➢ Desmoid Tumor Foundations, Trustee, 2013-present
➢ American Cancer Society, Executive Committee, Annual Golf Classic-2010-present
➢ NJPAC, Former Committee Member Vanguard Committee (2012-2014)
➢ New Jersey Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member-2012-present
➢ Former Vice Chairman and Board Member, Ocean Club Residence and Marina HOA (2011-2015)
➢ American Corporate Counsel Association, Former Board Member (1994-1995)
➢ New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association, Former President (1993-1995), Former Board Member (1993- 2014).
➢ New Jersey State Bar Association, Former President of Young Lawyers Division, Former Member of the Board of Trustees (1983-1984)
➢ NYU School of Law, Center for Labor and Employment – Former Advisory Board Member (2001-2003)
➢ Atlantic Legal Foundation, Former Advisory Board Member (1995)
➢ United Way, Morris County, Former Executive Board Member (1995)
➢ Special Olympics of New Jersey, Former Board Member (1999)
➢ Metropolitan Corporate Counselor, Former Advisory Board Member
➢ Family Services, Morris County, Former Co-Chair - Ball Fundraising Committee
➢ Embrace the Kids, Former Board Member and Advisory Board Member
➢ Hamilton Farm Golf Club, Former Treasurer and Tournament Chair and President
Mansa K. Mussa is a visual and performing artist, arts educator, and arts consultant. A native of Paterson, New Jersey, he has used the camera to document the unfolding of human events for the past thirty-four years. A life-longartist, he is has worked professionally as a photographer, dancer, percussionist, writer, graphic designer, and fabric artist. He has traveled extensively in the United States, Cuba, Ghana, South Africa, and Europe. Mussa received a BA degree in Media Arts/Television Production and while there studied visual art with Ben Jones, dance with Rhonda Morman, and photography with the late Tim Reiss. Mansa grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and his life has been shaped by the city's fiery cauldron of art, politics, personalities, music, and fashion.
Mussa loves to teach, because he loves to learn. ”Mr. M.”, as his students refer to him, has been an instructor of photography for the past 31 years. During that time he has developed a system for teaching photography and collage to adolescents, teens and adults. He currently teaches for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newark, the Artist-in-Residence Program for the Newark Museum and the Newark Board of Education, and Arts Horizons. He taught traditional West African dance for 24 years for the Alvin Ailey Arts in Education Program, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Arts Horizons, Jersey City State College, the Child Development Center of Passaic County College, Gallman’s Newark Dance Theater, and the New York City Housing Authority. His mask making, collage, percussion, bag-making and jewelry classes have been used for professional development workshops for the University of Medicine and Dentistry, GlobalArts to Go, and the Newark Museum’s Art Catalyst Programs.
The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP) was created to be the unified voice for arts education, established in 2007 following years of planning and input by arts and education leaders statewide. The organization was originally founded in 2007 as a cosponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education and Music for All Foundation. On July 1, 2015 NJAEP became an independent non-profit organization. The core beliefs that shaped Partnership’s beginning remain the same today:
a) Arts Education is essential to basic knowledge and a fundamental right of every citizen in our schools and across our communities, and
b) The collective voice of diverse stakeholders is the most effective means for advancing the arts in education.
The mission of the NJAEP is to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society. Most recently, the NJAEP