MIDDLESEX COUNTY

CULTURAL AND HERITAGE COMMISSION

FOLKLIFE PROGRAM FOR NEW JERSEY

MISSION

Folklife Program is intended to broaden the appreciation and availability of folk arts, folklore and folklife within Middlesex County. The project preserves folk traditions as expressed by the people of central New Jersey and presents regional folk artists, recognized by their community for excellence. The public is invited to participate in the folk arts through cross-cultural exchange and educational programming. All folklife programs are offered free of charge and open to the public.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Each year, the Commission brings folk artists, students and teachers together to explore diverse art forms. In school residencies are for public schools in Middlesex County. Educational materials relating to cultural context are developed for use by classroom teachers. Teachers interested in the program for the current school year may contact the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

STORYTELLERS COTTAGE

The Storytellers Cottage celebrates cultural traditions through storytelling.The series presents culturally specific narratives that have been passed from generation to generation, and which provide a sense of values, community, place, work, or play. Storytellers are periodically presented at the East Jersey Olde Towne Village, located in Piscataway and throughout the county.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

The Commission's public programs,in the evenings and on weekends, at various sites throughout the County, offer opportunities to see and hear the most accomplished master artists. Traditional folk artists and groups are presented in music concerts and dance performances, or are represented in folk art exhibits. Many conduct master workshops which allow the public to experience the art form and converse with the artist.

FOLK TRADITIONS ARE:

Puerto Rican , jibaro music

West Indian , steel drum music

Ukrainian , egg making

Polish Wycinanki , (paper cutting)

Hungarian embroidery

Chinese knot tying

African American quilts

Mexican , Day of the Dead offering tables

Irish , step dancing

Italian and Portuguese festival dances

Music from the Andes Mountain regions of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador

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The Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission is funded in part byThe New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts,New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State.

Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission ,703 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-3605

TELEPHONE: (732) 745 4489, FAX: (732) 745 4524, Email [ culturalandheritage@co.middlesex.nj.us ], TTY users only call (732) 745 3888.