LONG BRANCH, NJ – On February 8th, 2014, the Ministry of Artistic Intent will be hosting Mission 4: Workshop Tour at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ. The evening will be comprised of artists, solo musical acts, poets and 3 full bands including SYLVANA JOYCE AND THE MOMENT and BURNING RED SUN.  Doors open at 4pm and close at midnight with a late night open jam. Donations of $10 charged at the door will buy patrons up to 8 hours of varied and eclectic entertainment; and open mic musicians and poets a full audience of supportive arts spectators. Creative art vendors are highly encouraged to take up the Ministry on their offer of $20 for a table set-up throughout the event, and patrons are more than welcome to browse through the plethora of originality.

Proceeds from the Ministry’s fourth benefit show will be used to provide local workshops for teens interested in the arts, including music, writing and visual arts, at a cost that’s close to nothing. This mission aims to make it more feasible for youth and teens to become more enlightened and educated in both performing, written and visual arts trough workshops provided by accomplished professionals.

This is the Ministry of Artistic Intent’s fourth benefit show. In the past, the Ministry has hosted marathon showcases to benefit local fellow artists, including individuals working toward a goal and raising money to assist artists and musicians who lost equipment in Superstorm Sandy. August of 2013 and the Middletown Arts Center witnessed the first annual Summer Showdown, which was a contest consisting of four categories (art, poetry, music and collaboration), four proud award-winners and live performances and art showcases throughout the day.

The link between the Ministry’s shows is the intent to donate to various artists and artistic causes, thus circulating all means of support from and through the community. What’s different about Mission 4 is that it targets education for teens that would benefit from having arts in their life, through enlightening workshops. This show will make it possible.

At the present time, the show’s performance slots are already booked and the Ministry has obtained a full roster of teachers for the workshops. So, the Ministry of Artistic Intent is already planning a second show for late spring, and thus plans to make the availability of workshops an ongoing effort.


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