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All your hard work at Northern Essex Community College will lead to a day of celebration and achievement. But along the way there are many steps and accomplishments. Here are a few samples of the kinds of achievements by which students in the Liberal Arts mark their progress toward their goal of graduation.

Photo credit: Tim Jean, Haverhill Gazette

2021 Award Ceremonies

On Friday, April 30 the Global Studies and Behavioral Sciences departments held their award ceremony to honor outstanding achievement in their respective disciplines. Please feel welcome to view the ceremony here.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

 

JRN/COM Videos

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JRN/COM Videos

    Students in the Video Field Production class produce – as you might expect – videos as the culmination of their studies. These are not simply home videos shot with shaky hands and mobile phones. The are beautifully curated, well-written, and cleanly produced. The students in these videos will some day have their names on the credits of movies and TV shows that you will watch. They have a compelling need to communicate and they have found the medium that matches their talent.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

This is a wonderful two-part documentary film Natalya Crespo did in her Video Field Production course at NECC in fall 2020. The film is about Natalya’s friend Jose and his journey to become a professional musician.

 

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

This is a fantastic short documentary film Bryan Fernandez did in his Video Field Production course at NECC in fall 2020. The film is called “Black Sheep” and it features two up and coming artists from Lawrence, Mass.

Creative Writing

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Creative Writing

 

Priscila Genoa is a talented poet in the Liberal Arts: Writing Option, the major for creative and professional writing. Priscila lives in Lawrence, MA. This is one of the poems that she is happy to share with us.

[Synesthesia for the Soul]

A darling beauty of soft lioness hair
Cooking for me in the stylings of soul food
She does not spare a glance at the cobblestone kitchen, instead, she goes to the library to prepare
Stirring in the spices sown from the classics
Yet she dances along, sprinkling her own flavors
She cannot stick to the script, she diverges once again out of deep innate habit

I watch her all this time with a sparkle in my eye
For she is the Aphrodite of modern beauty
What is now deemed subtle is the concept of perfection that has long since died
She is the wonderful chaos of frenzied jazz music
The modern tragedy of a lonely quill next to a typing keyboard
A hoarder of the past and lover of the future, leaving the present to be delightfully elusive

And just when you think that Angelou, Hues, and Fitzgerald was all the flavor on your tongue that you needed to marinate
She’ll bring to you a personalized infusion of complex savors that will transform the way that you henceforward ruminate

Any student who is interested in pursuing creative writing should contact Prof. Patricia Portanova at pportanova@necc.mass.edu.


Check out some of the wonderful essays published on the Writing Project website

Art Artifacts

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Art Artifacts

In addition to works by students, NECC hosts an acclaimed art gallery. The Linda Hummel-Shea ArtSpace Gallery frequently shows student work in addition to the work of invited artists whose work is an inspiration to our art students. The gallery is currently closed due to COVID-19, but you can find the current exhibit here.

Students in many classes at NECC participate in service learning projects. Some of these projects resulted from Prof. Marc Mannheimer’s Introduction to the Creative Experience class. Students in this class worked with clients at our partner organization, Opportunity Works to draw their emotions. Opportunity Works enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities by empowering individuals and promoting a culture of dignity and respect through integration, inclusion and independence.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

Performing Arts

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Performing Arts

Love Letters by A.R. Gurney

Northern Essex Community College doesn’t allow a minor inconvenience like a global pandemic to prevent the performing arts to continue. The show must go on! In December 2020 Theatre Professor Brianne Beatrice directed “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney. You can watch the show below, and If you like what you see, you are invited to Venmo a donation to the NECC Theater Program to @Brianne-Beatrice, naming the donation “Love Letters.”

 

 

Rabbit Hole by David Linsay Abaire

On May 11, 2020 NECC’s Top Notch Players presented David Lindsay Abaire’s “Rabbit Hole” virtually via Zoom. Directed by Brianne Beatrice, and assisted by Benjamin Beveridge, the cast included Becca – Zaida Buzan of Somerville, a liberal arts major; Howie- Christian Doyle of Newburyport, a liberal arts major; Izzy – Two-time Kennedy Center award winner Gwynnethe Glickman, of Newbury, a liberal arts major; Nat – Aileen Corniel of Lawrence, a liberal arts major; and Jason – Nickey Pereyra of Methuen, a business transfer major.

View video on the NECC YouTube Channel.

 

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