ShowUP Montclair!

Celebrating Montclair's talent. Supporting Montclair's Kids.


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$60,000 goal

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Joe Colwell


by 34 supporters

$3,000 goal

Joe Colwell is a MHS sophomore who has lived in Montclair since he was 6 months old - not quite born, but most definitely bred in Montclair.

His first live performance was playing “Skyfall” on the piano at a school talent show aged 11, and there was no looking back. Not long after, he took up the guitar, and found his true passion. 


He sings with the The Passing Notes at Montclair High School. He’s performed with the Montclair School of Rock House Band, and hosted the Youth Open Mic at Trend Coffee Shop. During Covid, he has been writing original material both on his own and with friends, and has been lucky enough to perform at many outdoor events. He’s also involved in the High School Fall “Showcase” - where you might see him trying out his fancy footwork for the first time!

His “career” highlight to date was playing on the Wellmont Stage with Jersey Shore band Brian Kirk and the Jirks. He loves nothing more than performing in front of an energetic audience and sharing his love of music.


When he’s not making music, you will find him snowboarding or kayaking with his younger brother and friends. 


He is super excited to be a part of ShowUp Montclair and loves this amazing town! He wants to make his classmates and community proud! Donate in Joe's honor to let him know how much we appreciate that he's showingUP for his Montclair classmates.

Rock on Joe!

Joe Colwell is proudly sponsored by BDP Holdings. Thank you, Dave Placek, for your deep investments in Montclair schools, in MFEE, and in the Arts Open Hearts programs.



Joe Colwell


34 supporters

The Hyltones


59 supporters

Sung-Hyuk Park


47 supporters

Britton Korbel & Denise Patrick


28 supporters

Dave Harrison


12 supporters

Mike Burke


12 supporters

Scott Stein


24 supporters

Noah Gale


23 supporters

Principal Jeffrey Freeman


24 supporters

Vice Principal Frances Aboushi


18 supporters

Carmen Guthrie


19 supporters

Juniper Shelley


18 supporters



ShowUP Montclair

Saturday at 8:00 PM EST

Live Stream

Add to Calendar 2020-11-07 20:00:00 America/New_York ShowUP Montclair

Details to view the event are private and will be sent along with your ticket purchase.



We were fully prepared to launch the second iteration of our fierce award-winning talent battle, Showdown Montclair, when we realized that we are already in a Showdown. 

Amidst a global pandemic and the uprising of a national movement for racial justice, we are deep in the fight to provide quality education and whole-child support for all of the children in our town.  

It is fair to say we LOVE a good competition. MFEE’s FundRacers and our past Showdown brought out the beast in our participants (and our organizers)!

But as we shoulder this current uphill climb together, now is not the time to compete. Now is not the time to Showdown. Now is the time to SHOW UP.

This November, MFEE presents ShowUP Montclair - an inspiring, interactive evening of local and exceptional performers and stories that will highlight the power of the arts to uplift the community and the power of the arts to empower and support the emotional and educational growth of our students. 

Please join us on November 7th ---- as we highlight the incredible talent in Montclair and share some of the success stories of our schools. Come see about Arts Open Hearts, our initiative to provide programming for our students’ social, emotional, and mental health through spoken word coaching, ballroom dance residencies and other innovative educational ideas we have and will continue to fund and cultivate.  

And don't miss the exclusive pre-party event - Mix it Up before you ShowUP!  Enjoy an exclusive private pre-performance, and because we always need a little more competition, join an interactive cocktail mixing battle and help decide the winner,

We have done it before. Let’s do it again. Let’s show up for the kids of Montclair. 





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