Artists in Residence

Project Write Now invites artists of all disciplines to apply for an Artist-in-Residence position. Our program is designed to give artists opportunities to explore their expertise and craft with the diverse populations we work with. Positions are a minimum of six months and include teaching classes in our studio and/or through our community outreach programs. This is a paid position. To learn more, please email Lisa Hartsgrove at

Our 2017 Artists-in-Residence…

Gilda Rogers

Gilda Rogers is an award-winning journalist, author, and executive producer of Frank Talk, the half-hour talk-show forum that airs on Brookdale Television. Gilda is one of the playwrights of “SUPERNATURAL: THE PLAY” that recently closed a long-run in Los Angeles. She is a social critic, community relations liaison for Two River Theater, and founder of the T. Thomas Fortune Project.

Social Activist Journalism

With Gilda Rogers
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
March 27, April 3, 24, May 1

From social media platforms to local and national newspapers, there are myriad opportunities to voice your opinion about important issues that affect our lives in today’s challenging world. This four-week class is designed to give you the skills and tools to report facts infused with opinions in a powerful way to effect change. We discuss what social activist journalism is, analyzing a diverse array of voices. After taking a look at the basic tenets of journalism, we explore different forms your writing can take–op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, social media and blog posts, and photojournalism. The goal at the end of the session is for you to have a piece ready for submission.

Suggested Donation: $150 or let us know what you can pay. Class offered at no charge to qualifying students. Please register, select “Pay by Check,” and email to make payment arrangements.


Michael Sarin

Over the last twenty-five years, drummer Michael Sarin has been at the center of New York City’s genre-bending jazz and improvisation community. His versatility and musical wit helped forge long associations with forward-looking artists. Sarin performs all over the world–-in major and minor festivals; concert halls famous and infamous, big and small. He can be heard on recent recordings of Frank Carlberg, Mark Dresser, Joe Fiedler, Erik Friedlander, David Krakauer, and Leslie Pintchik. He can also be seen and heard in the newly released documentary, Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song.

Creative Drum Ensemble (ages 11-15)

With Michael Sarin
Mondays, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Feb 27 – March 27

We are happy to announce that Project Write Now is offering a 5-week session for the Creative Drum Ensemble! Using the universal language of music, we engage young people in a group dynamic, promoting individual and collaborative creativity, while also providing an encouraging environment for original artistic self-expression. We begin as a percussion/drum ensemble and then incorporate other instruments, exploring jazz, funk, soul, world music, rock, and pop. We also promote the voice as an important vehicle for expression via spoken word, rap, and singing. Participants share in creative control by contributing their composition ideas. We will look for performance opportunities within Red Bank, adding our voice to its diverse and culturally rich community.

Limited to 10 participants.
Suggested Donation: $75 or let us know what you can pay.


Amanda Heidel

Amanda Heidel is an artist and teacher who believes that everything around us exists on the verge of creativity. Her current body of work, “Addiction Series,” has been inspired by addiction and homelessness. She is particularly interested in the different stages or characteristics that a person might go through when they are dependent on a substance. As well as being a visual artist, Heidel is an art, yoga, and meditation teacher. She has exhibited her artwork throughout New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Mychal Mills

Mychal Mills is co-founder of Konscious Youth Development & Service (KYDS), a youth development program that focuses on holistic intervention of the body, mind, and soul. He believes youth development is more sustainable through internal development, building tools of love and compassion from within that are transferable in any life situation. Mychal loves poetry as creative expression. His words are a reflection of his soul.

Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, camp, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case an event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.