‘Puzzled?’ art installation to benefit autism at Monroe Center in Hoboken

As I’ve been rehearsing for my upcoming play, “Secrets; Love,” I’ve been amazed by the growing art installation and collaborative project on their first floor, “Puzzled?”

The Puzzle Installation and Collaborative Project is a traveling group art exhibition in which participants can decorate blank foam-core puzzle pieces measuring 24 by 24 inches to tell a story using paint, pencil, pictures, words – just about anything.

The project, which benefits autism, was created and developed by artists Tim Kelly and Sandy Kelly and has involved thousands of artists, professional and amateur, in over 15 states, 8 countries and on 3 continents.

The project’s organizers say that “Puzzled?” is “proof that art is essential for life. The impact of the installation is a testament to the fact that art is a powerful form of expression that cannot be denied.”

The Monroe Center already has hundreds of puzzle pieces on display and hopes to have all 5000+ pieces created in the project moved to the center for an exhibition in late 2012. Anyone is welcome to participate in the project and can get blank pieces at the Monroe Management Office, 720 Monroe St., Hoboken, for a donation of $10. For more information, visit Tim Kelly’s website.

This is my puzzle piece:

Here are some of my favorite puzzle pieces in the Monroe Center exhibit so far, in no specific order:


About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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