Morristown art teacher Mira Morrison to be honored by Zonta Club

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By Marie Pfeifer

Each year the Zonta Club of the Morristown Area recognizes women who have made a difference in the community.  This year the theme is “Outstanding Women in Education.”

Mira Morrison
, a Morristown High School art teacher, was selected along with five other nominees for recognition of performance above and beyond the scope of classroom teaching.

Morrison has been an art teacher at Morristown High School for many years.   Six years ago she approached the Arts Council of the Morris Area for support to begin an after school mentoring program to provide students who required extra stimulation an opportunity to work with professional artists to compile portfolios to help with scholarship applications and entrance into colleges and art schools.

Through sharing with her students her personal collection of art books and introducing them to museums in New York City through field trips, she made them aware of the impact art can have on one’s personal life, the community and the world at large.

Morrison’s nominator, Kadie Dempsey of the Arts Council, said in her letter of nomination, “She has a gift for reaching students who may not even see their own artistic potential.  Her art room is covered with posters of art schools and colleges, students’ art projects, as well as photos of past (art) students, many of whom stay in touch with her after they graduate.”

Morrison is an artist in her own right.  She is a gifted potter who has donated many of her creations to Morristown High School fundraising events.  She will be going to Italy to take part in an intensive workshop in the ancient art of using caustic wax as an artistic medium.

In addition to Morrison, the other four nominees the Zonta Club of Morristown Area proudly selected for recognition this year are Evy Falcon-Duran from Randolph High School, Doris Lembo from Morris Hills High School, Ashley Murphy from Morris Catholic High School, and Margaret Sheldon from West Morris Central high School.

The Zonta Club of the Morristown Area was chartered in 1956.  It undertakes service projects to benefit women and women’s issues in the community as well as supporting projects selected by Zonta International.

Zonta International is a worldwide service organization comprised of women working to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy.

The five honorees will be recognized on April 19 at the Madison Hotel in Convent Station.  Guest speakers are Sister Rafferty of St. Elizabeth’s College and Linda Murphy, principal of Morristown High School.

All are invited to attend this event.  Tickets are $60 with all proceeds going to Zonta’s service fund.  To attend, or to learn more about the Zonta Club of the Morristown Area, contact Barbara Woodhull,  c/o Zonta, 2404 Gates Court, Morris Plains, NJ  07950, or call 973-539-7090 or email: contact@zontamorristown.org.

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