April 12, 2007

Arts/Music Editor

Puffin Sculpture Garden, Sunday, April 22, 3-5 P.M.

The Puffin Cultural Forum, in Teaneck, NJ is celebrating Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 by adding a new installation to their Outdoor Sculpture Garden. The Award Winning, Israeli-born sculptor and now Teaneck resident, NITZA DANIELI HORNER, has been commissioned by the Puffin Foundation to create a permanent installation that will be located in front of the Forum’s doorway greeting audience members and participants to their outstanding programs year round. Puffin Sculpture Park, Sunday, April 22, 3-5 p.m. (May 19, 3 p.m. rain date). Free admission. The Puffin Cultural Forum is located at 20 Puffin Way (formerly East Oakdene Ave.) off Teaneck Rd. in Teaneck. For information call 201-836-8923 or visit

Ms. Horner has created a multi-dimensional, interactive piece she entitles: “Roots of Empathy" deriving from Ms. Horner’s experiences working with individuals with varying challenges. In recognition of the Puffin Foundation’s commitment to protection of both the environment and the under-represented cultural landscape, Ms. Horner used materials found in the wetlands, including pieces from the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, that otherwise were discarded. Through her work as a teaching artist affiliated with The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Discoveries program, the Museum was presented with a "Partner of the Year" award by FEGS, an organization serving individuals with developmental and other disabilities.

Ms. Horner studied at the Art Teachers College in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, and has traveled extensively in Australia and England. She teaches art in schools, shelters, hospitals, and many nonprofit organizations including the 92nd Street Y, the Studio School, and under a grant from the Christopher Reeves Foundation. Nitza also developed two unique programs. With Musical Legends Arts in Education Company, “Paint the Music" features painting to improvisational music, and with “Arts for Kids" she developed interactive programming for autistic students and the learning disabled. Ms. Horner has also worked with Palestinians and Israelis in collaboration with author Robert Wolf to create the book “Violence in the Holy Land" (Free River Press, 2004) in which her work “10/14/1973" was published. Additional artistic awards include taking first place for her sculptures at the juried art show “SummerFest" in New Jersey.

“Roots of Empathy" is dedicated to Ely Danieli, Ms. Horner’s father, born in the old city of Jerusalem and who finds value in everything. Ms. Horner lives in Teaneck with her husband Tim Horner, veteran jazz drummer, percussionist and composer and her son Ty Horner who graduated from the Teaneck Public School system last year.

The unveiling is set for 3pm at the Puffin Cultural Forum at 20 Puffin Way (formerly East Oakdene Ave here in Teaneck). It will include several of her colleagues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art who will speak on Ms. Horner’s behalf, as well as a premiere recording that her husband, Tim Horner composed for her entitled “Hand of the Sculptress". Light refreshments will be served. Following the reception, Nitza invites everyone for a walk to the Teaneck Creek Conservancy Lanape Turtle Peace Labyrinth Garden in celebration of Earth Day. If accessible options are needed for this event please call the Puffin Cultural Forum at 201-836-8923