Meet the Commissioners


Pandora Scooter – Chair

Pandora Scooter is a national touring spoken word artist.  In addition to performing, Pandora also teaches theatre-related courses at the Terry Knickerbocker Professional Acting Studio in Brooklyn.  She is an LGBTQ Activist and an active member of the Pride Center of New Jersey.   She has been a resident of Highland Park for 25 years.

pandora@hpartscommission.com

John Marron – Vice Chair

John Marron is a zen multimedia artist, an author of 2 books of poetry (“Oiyeau” and “Blips”), an OlliRU teacher of Haiku/Sumi-e, a founding member of the Highland Park Artist Collective, a Board member of Main Street Highland Park, an LGBTQA activist with GLSEN, a 26-years retired School Base Counselor at UMDNJ, the curator of the 2016 Highland Park Window Art Crawl, and an artist and educator in K-12 schools most of his life.
john@hpartscommission.com

 


Amée Pollack

A book artist and collagist who earned her MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in  Philadelphia and a fellowship from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  Her artists’ books and prints, published under “Spitz & Pollack”, are in over 50 permanent special collections such as the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (Smithsonian), New York Public Library Print Collection, The Getty, and Yale University.

Currently, she advises Visual Art students at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.   For over ten years, she was an Art Teacher in New York City.  She also taught Book Arts and Print at Creative Arts Laboratory, Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the College of New Rochelle, New York.

amee@hpartscommission.com


Allison Baldwin

Allison Baldwin is a poet, short story writer, and disability advocate based in Highland Park, New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rutgers University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. In October of 2017, she was one of several poets to participate in the Highland Park Arts Commission’s Inaugural Poetry and Spoken Word show, and has since performed her work at Pino’s, Chamber 43, and the Ale n’ Wich Pub in New Brunswick. She describes her work as combining authenticity with sass and enjoys telling stories that highlight issues of social importance and transformation. Additionally, Allison also manages the Instagram account Awakening Spells where she combines her intuitive gift of Tarot and Oracle Card reading with poetry to help her community harmonize their energy and embrace their magic. 


Stephany Kim – Borough Council Liaison

In March 2017, Stephany was appointed to the Borough Council, replacing Jim Walsh, who resigned due to a move.  She is proud to serve on Council, and brings with her a wealth of experience in public service.  Stephany serves as the Council Chair for Recreation, the Arts Commission, and the Council on Aging.

kimstephanyhp@gmail.com