Middlesex County Division of Arts & History Programs
Cultural Resource; Fine Arts: Folk Arts, Visual Arts; History / Preservation: Cultural Resource, Fine Arts, Folk Arts, Government, History / Preservation, Library, Multi-Discipline, Performing Arts, Publishing / Printing, Visual Arts, Workshops; Performing Arts; Publishing / Printing: Cultural Resource, Fine Arts, Folk Arts, Government, History / Preservation, Library, Multi-Discipline, Performing Arts, Publishing / Printing, Visual Arts, Workshops
The mission of the Office of Arts & History is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Middlesex County by investing in arts and history. A wide variety of cultural programming is offered throughout the County, which promotes cultural values, goals and traditions of local communities, the state and the nation.
The Division of Arts & History Programs Services is responsible for:
Arts Programming – actively supports and promotes cultural programming within all art disciplines including Visual Arts, Theater, Music, Dance and public art
History Programming – promotes the study of our historical heritage through educational programming, research, lectures, publications and special exhibits
Folklife Programming – identifies, preserves and broadens the appreciation of folk arts and traditions expressed by community. It offers public events, interactive workshops, storytelling, exhibits, and residencies in the schools and can include crafts, music, dance, and even foodways!
Makerspace Workshops – Makerspace programs are a part of the MiY Movement (Make It Yourself) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) workshops. Makerspace projects allow participants to create and innovate collaboratively. People of all ages and skill levels can enjoy our Makerspace programs relating to arts, crafts, science and technology
Technical Assistance and Professional Development – Engage professional experts to present workshops in various areas of professional development, cultural management and building organizational capacity.
I Like Me Program – teaches Cultural Diversity. Students from pre-school to grade 3 and special needs participants are introduced to arts, history and social traditions using multicultural artifacts such as hats, shoes and musical instruments.
Native American Programs – document the rich heritage of Native Americans of the Lenape, who lived here in New Jersey and other native communities throughout the Americas. Programs include lectures, workshops, demonstrations, dance, music and storytelling.
Arts and Wellness – Uses the power of creativity to promote wellness. Programs accommodate persons of all abilities and include hands-on workshops and performances at hospitals, senior centers, Veteran’s homes and more