ORNG Ink helps bring art to our community through the hard work of our dedicated staff and volunteer leadership, which is strengthened by the support and partnership of various local organizations.
Staff & Leaders
Michael C. Malbrough
Director/ Master Artist
Michael C. Malbrough is an illustrator, writer, author and painter. For twenty years he has worked as a professional artist in a wide range of fields including puppet theatre, comics, youth apparel and arts education. At the core of his work is a passion for visual storytelling, community engagement and youth culture. His published credits include The Silvercord with Wired Magazine Co-founder Kevin Kelly and Zorro RIdes Again by Dynamite Entertainment. Michael has facilitated the work at ORNG Ink since it’s founding, and continues to support and mentor local youth and emerging talent in the Valley Arts District.
Jessie is a composer, vocalist, and teaching artist for whom music is a medium for sharing personal experiences and entering into community with others. With her music, she explores the delicate and wild beauty present in a variety of soundscapes and musics, and is driven by attention to musical affect. Over the past few years, Jessie has made music with variety of spiritual and educational communities, developing and implementing music curricula, workshops, and informal learning environments aimed at developing the creative voices of students of all ages. A classically trained vocalist, her passion is performing works by other living composers.
Douglas Farrand is a composer, musician, and educator. Having lived in and around Nottinghamshire (UK), Cork (Ireland), Singapore, and Ohio (US), he currently resides and works in Orange, NJ where his primary interest is in music and teaching that invites us to explore our myriad processes of listening. His work has been performed in the USA, Canada, and Switzerland, and includes close collaborative work with fellow composers, performers, and artists. Douglas studied composition with Josh Levine and Ashley Furey at Oberlin Conservatory and has received additional mentorship from Reiko Füting, Christopher Fox, Michael Pisaro, Tim Feeney, and Vic Rawlings.
William “Zoe” Fitzgerald
University of Orange
The University of Orange is a free people’s university that builds collective capacity for people to create more equitable cities. We solve the problems of our world by learning to see the richness of our cities, becoming lifelong learners, participating in civic life, and having fun with our neighbors.
Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization, founded in 1986 to ensure that the neighborhoods in and around Orange, NJ remain good places to raise a family. Protecting the stability and vitality of residential neighborhoods is essential to family and community life. Ensuring that is HANDS’ prime mission. The centerpiece of our strategy is to revitalize neighborhoods through the high-impact development of vacant, troubled properties.
Located on the border of Orange and West Orange around the NJ Transit Highland Avenue Train Station, the Valley Arts District is a fifteen-square-block area dedicated to the arts. As an arts service and activist organization, the highest priorities of ValleyArts are to inspire the neighborhood to recognize the arts as essential to community health and vitality; help build up and serve individual artists, arts organizations, and creative entrepreneurs; and encourage everyone to participate in arts, culture, and creativity as part of everyday life. To propel this mission, ValleyArts seeks to attract, serve, and support artists and creative organizations to work and live in the Valley Arts District. ValleyArts is closely allied with HANDS Inc, a nonprofit organization that combines strategic real estate investment and community organizing to revitalize communities. Development of the Valley Arts District has been a cornerstone project of HANDS Inc for more than a decade.
Orange Board of Education, Family Connections, Oasis Urban Farms, The Brew Council