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The History: Founded in 1926 in central NJ, duCret is the state’s oldest art school. A private, nonprofit corporation, the school is a well-established and highly esteemed entrepreneurial training center for emerging artists.
The Mission: duCret aims to provide a semester-long arts-education comparable with the top art schools and academies in the nation. To do so, the school's programs combine a foundation in the fundamentals of art with the latest technology, including computer-based art programs. The programs prepare students for careers in the art industry.
The Media: The school's curricula covers a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, graphic design, digital illustration, and interior design, photography, film, and computer-based art. Programs are for adults starting as young as 16 years old.
Continuing Education: In addition to these standard semester course offerings, adult workshops and open-studio sessions are available year-round. Summer camps for kids and teens, ages 6-15 years old. The school also serves as a community art center and networking hub via other NJ arts organizations.
After a debilitating car accident left Elyissia Chinchilla’s mother, Barbara, unable to commute to work, she stayed busy in the kitchen, devising her own homemade chocolates. Nine-year-old Elyissia would then load her mother’s sweets into a shopping cart and sell them door-to-door around the neighborhood, learning entrepreneurial skills that would last a lifetime. After leaving a telecom job as an adult, Elyissia returned to selling chocolates by founding 2 Chicks with Chocolate (the other chick being her mom), teaming up with a master chocolatier and lead chocolatier. The dessert innovators create diverse flavors, such as spiced pear and caramel ganache, s’mores, and hazelnut praline, from scratch with spices and sea salt. The store also hosts chocolate classes and enlivens parties with chocolate fountains and chocolate tastings.