ASBURY PARK, NJ – What would a college professor know about being a starving artist, let alone write a book about it?

Well, before Hisani P. Dubose became a college professor, she was a singer, dancer, college student and filmmaker. And, as she states in the forward of her newly published book, Do I Have To Be A Starving Artist In The 21st Century?, "Through trial and error, a lot of tears, reading, and very lean times, I have learned more and more each day…."

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Hisani P. Dubose

Dubose will be the featured speaker at the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park's Annual Event, which will be held starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14 in Chico's House of Jazz, located at the Shoppes at the Arcade, 631 Lake Ave., Asbury Park.

Members of ArtsCAP and the general public are invited to celebrate ArtsCAP's accomplishments in promoting the arts in Asbury Park and to help plan further blossoming of art and culture in Dark City.

ArtsCAP President Dennis Carroll will welcome attendees and introduce Ms. Dubose. After her presentation, guests can meet the chairpersons of various ArtsCAP committees and find out what ArtsCAP is working on for the coming year.

Admission is free. Complimentary appetizers will be served, and there will be a cash bar. Guests will be welcome to stay at Chico's after the event for the regular Wednesday night jazz jam session hosted by recording artist Radam Schwartz.

Dubose's book (published in April by CreateSpace Press; ISBN-13: 978-1451557381) (again, from the forward)  "is about understanding the entertainment industry, learning how to support yourself while honing your craft, understanding the artistic personality, and embracing the fact that as an artist you are also an entrepreneur…" It provides information to artists (of all genres) about how they can ply their talent while finding ways to pay the bills. Dubose will sign copies of her book after the event.

Dubose, an independent filmmaker and professor of screenwriting, history of the cinema and related courses at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, has spent a lifetime dealing with these issues, training other artists and blazing her own career. She is the owner of Seven Generations Productions.

A graduate of Seton Hall University, she was a dancer and singer for many years before turning to screenwriting and filmmaking. She also is co-founder of the NJ Movie Maker's Network, a state wide service organization for New Jersey-based independent filmmakers. She produced the well-regarded 2007 documentary, "The Vanishing Black Male".

Ms. Dubose also is schedule to speak at 5 p.m. Friday, July 2 at the new Asbury Park Rain Garden, located on the southwest portion of the swale (dip) to the left of the Transportation Center on Main St. between Cookman and Springwood Avenues.

For more information, visit the event page on the ArtsCAP website, http://www.artscap.org/events.

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Arts Council through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Artscap believes that art by its very nature enriches community life. As a coalition of artists, citizens and cultural organizations, the Arts Coalition of Asbury Park is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the arts through collaboration, advocacy and education. To learn more about ArtsCAP, visit our website at http://www.artscap.org.