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Task Party: A Celebration of Improvisation, Connection, and Creativity

  • St. Luke's Rectory 73 South Fullerton Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

Join us in an open-ended, interactive improv event promoting connection, creativity, dialogue, and pure-and-simple fun!

 “Task Party” is a concept developed by Brooklyn-based artist Oliver Herring.  Participants enter a space rich with materials and props like cardboard boxes, masking tape, cling wrap, markers, plastic bags, and more, and follow two simple steps:

1.    Write down a task on a piece of paper and add it to a designated “TASK pool”
2.    Pull out a task from the pool and interpret it any way they want using whatever resources available in the TASK arena.

When a task is done, a participant writes down a new one and pulls out another (if they want to keep going).

 You do NOT need to be an artist to participate in a TASK party!  A task can be as simple as jumping out of a cardboard box and scaring five different people!

 Oliver Herring beautifully explains how TASK weaves in the magic of connecting through creativity and being our unfiltered selves:

“TASK’s open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment.  TASK’s flow and momentum depend on the tasks written and interpreted by its participants. In theory, anything becomes possible. The continuous conception and interpretation of tasks is both chaotic and purpose-driven. It is a complex, ever-shifting environment of people who connect with one another through what is around them. It is also a platform for people to express and test their own ideas in an environment without failure and success (TASK always is what it is) or any other preconceptions of what can or should be done with an idea or a material. People’s tasks become absorbed into other people’s tasks, objects generated from one task are recycled into someone else’s task without issues of ownership or permanence.”

The TASK party is organized by Munira Bootwala, a Montclair resident and art teacher at the Montclair Cooperative School.