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Tickets on Sale 02.01.10
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$21 :: door
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- Either Lincoln Tunnel, George Washington, Holland Tunnel to I-95 S
- Take Exit 9 towards NJ-18 N/Piscataway
- Exit River Road ramp toward Piscataway/Highland Park
- Merge onto CR-622 W/River Road
- Turn Right onto Hoes Lane West
- Free parking after 5:30
- All lots and spots except reserved and guaranteed parking
Public Transportation
- NJ Transit trains to the New Brunswick Train station
- Taxi from Station


The Urban Arts Festival is a benefit to heighten AIDS awareness and gather support for Broadway House for Continuing Care. Broadway House is New Jersey's only full-time care facility for people living with AIDS.

The UMDNJ Physician Assistant Program, in association with the Homeless and Indigent Population Health Outreach Program (H.I.P.H.O.P.) of RWJ Medical School, is proud to present an evening of art, music, and film to honor all those whose lives have been affected by AIDS.

Broadway House

As New Jersey's only specialized HIV/AIDS nursing care facility designed to meet the post-acute needs of people living with AIDS, the mission of Broadway House for Continuing Care is to provide first class residential health care and rehabilitative services to people living with HIV/AIDS. We do this with compassion, commitment, and pride. Our primary objective is to assure that every resident realizes his/her greatest potential in an environment that fosters dignity and respect.

Will Stratton

Will Stratton is an American songwriter, composer, and arranger. He was born in Yolo County, California, and started making up songs on the piano when he was three years old. Will spend most of his formative years in the suburbs of northern New Jersey. On his twelfth birthday, he got his first electric guitar, and in the decade since, music has owned him unconditionally.

What The Night Said, Stratton's first record as a solo artist, was recorded in the summer after his senior year of high school, at a tiny but well-equipped recording studio in Astoria, Queens. It was quietly released two years later, in 2007, and those who took notice in the press gave it unanimously positive reviews. By the time it came out, Stratton was a student at Bennington College, studying music composition. In the time that has lapsed since What The Night Said's release, Will has written dozens of works for chamber ensembles and solo piano, and has released three free records of outtakes, demos, and instrumental music.

Now Will has graduated, and he returns with his second official record, almost three years in the making, called No Wonder.

Elaine Lachica

I Think I Can See The Ocean is Elaine Lachica's first label release on Stunning Models On Display on February 23, 2010. Produced and Recorded by Kieran Kelly (Angus and Julia Stone, Will Stratton, The Receiver) at the Buddy Project in New York. Contributing musicians on the album include drummer Mark Stepro (Ben Kweller), bassist Rob Calder (Ari Hest), guitarist Aaron Lee Tasjan (New York Dolls), string quartet led by violinist Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Antony and the Johnsons), and brass section led by trumpeter Jon Mizrachi (Essie Jain). Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Elaine began studying piano, violin and singing at age 3. Elaine studied voice at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. An acclaimed soprano, she performs and tours throughout the U.S. with some highlights including the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center and as a soprano soloist for the New York Collegium, the Waverly Consort and the Rebel Baroque Orchestra. Elaine has also composed an d produced LPs 9 (2002) and Apolune (2005). She will be touring with her band in 2010.

'a flame of a voice.' -- The New York Times

'Elaine's vocals are breathy, fluid -- all over the map. She float from alto to soprano, blues to opera with incredible ease. Sasha Lazard meets Cassandra Wilson.' -- Indie Music

'Lachica's voice is a marvel to behold, a shining example of what raw talent and academic discipline can achieve when working in harmony with each other.' -- Exclaim

Bridges and Powerlines

Brought together by love of the three minute pop song, bridges and powerlines formed in the summer of 2005. The band, composed of keyboardist and vocalist Andrew Wood, bassist Keith Sigel, guitarist David Boyd, and drummer Mason Ingram, arrived via diverse geographic and musical backgrounds to create a quirky yet melodic mix of guitars, synths, vocal harmonies, and carefully constructed exploratory pop songs. Since their inception, the four have written songs inferring the pop sensibility of Spoon, the rousing melodrama of Wolf Parade, and sharp, catchy guitar lines akin to Thunderbirds are Now!

Excited crowds have packed venues throughout the northeast to see their energetic shows. Demos recorded in fall and winter of 2005-2006 were lauded by several influential indie publications and blogs, describing their endeavor as "an exhilarating racket" (sixeyes) that "might be the next band everyone is talking about." (New York Press)

Peter Demas

Peter Demas began his career studying film at Towson State University in Maryland. During this time, he interned at The Education Channel, gaining experience in editing, fieldwork, and shooting. Upon his return to New York, he continued his push to learn editing and cinematography with an internship at Metro Studios in Manhattan. Freelancing for the last 12 years, Peter has worked on numerous corporate and independent projects in every facet; shooting, editing, directing and producing from his post facility in the Lower East Side. He founded Endless Films in 2000 to work on personal projects including several short films, features, music videos and documentaries. Peter is currently producing the documentary feature, War Against The Weak, about the birth of eugenics and how American corporate philanthropies launched a national campaign of ethnic cleansing in the United States. It is now traveling the festival circuit and has won numerous awards. Next spring Peter will be making a documentary focusing on the CIA backed, military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-1974. When not working Peter enjoys beach volleyball, photography, snowboarding, the occasional Martini and skateboarding through the streets of Manhattan.

Watch 'The Third Wave' Preview

"The Third Wave is truly a Must See! - For ourselves, our children and anyone we know who has two good legs and a dollar in their pocket. It inspires the very best in us, just when we need that most, and comes as close to answering our purpose in life more than any other film I have seen in my recent memory." - Sean Penn

Watch 'War Against the Weak' Preview

Under the Nazis, American eugenic principles were applied without restraint, careening out of control into the Reich's infamous genocide. American eugenicists openly supported Germany's program, with both financial and intellectual capital. Once WWII began, Nazi eugenics turned from mass sterilization and euthanasia to genocidal murder. War Against the Weak explores this complex relationship between American eugenics and the horrors of the Holocaust.

Galo Desalazar

Galo Desalazar is a 28 year old Professional Doodler.

Emily Church

The shifting politics of place and the ways in which this plays out onto the body of the land is something that informs the work of Emily Church. She has lived abroad in Paris and Florence, and in multiple states in America, and the language of the land has often been the object of her work. The ways in which nature informs us as human beings, and how nature and landscape are altered by human interference are recurrent themes. Her paintings and drawings are often about nature as it exists in and around urban landscapes and how this nature relates to our human bodies. Emily values that her work speaks not only to an American audience, but also to citizens of the world.

David Morris

Graffiti artist David Morris was born and raised in New York City. His talent for art was born at a young age. With the help of mentors throughout the city, he began to make a name for himself as TICH. Inspired by late seventies NYC subway graffiti, David began creating his portfolio in 1990. His work has taken him across the United States and to Europe. In addition, he was recently published in “Broken Windows — Graffiti NYC” by James T. Murray & Karla L. Murray and “Graffiti New York” by Eric Felisbret. David attended Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence, Italy where he studied various forms of art, beyond Graffiti.

Whitman Park Youth Photovoice

A project coordinated by Sarah Nezworski, a student in UMDNJ's Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Physician Assistant dual-degree program, Photovoice put cameras in the hands of children of the Hope Community Outreach youth summer camp with the goal of seeking a unique insight - the daily lives and experiences of children - in order to explore public health issues of the Whitman Park neighborhood. Photovoice has given the children of Whitman Park an opportunity to portray their story in their own words, thoughts, and images. A picture is worth a thousand words and the youth of Whitman Park have a lot to say...

Ryan Burkhart

Two of my great passions in life are music and photography. I believe that music gives off energy that feeds my creativity. Through my photography, I seek to document my own personal experiences, and to capture scenes and events as I see them and to share with others.

I view the art of photography as a process, a distilling of reality into a personal vision. As such, I often use the tools of photography - filters, digital enhancement - to try to capture in an image the emotions I felt at the moment I tripped the camera's shutter.

I have been involved in photography since childhood. I experienced a renewed enthusiasm and appreciation for photography after taking classes in high school and college, and soon set up a small studio of my own so I could continue to build my photography portfolio.

I am honored to be a part of Urban Arts Festival and to be able to support Broadway House in their continued care for those living with HIV and AIDS.