The Folklife Program for New Jersey, a project of the Division of Arts & History, identifies, preserves and broadens the appreciation of folk arts and traditions and offers performances, workshops, storytelling, exhibits and more:
Middlesex County’s Folklife Program for New Jersey is one of five Folklife Centers in the State and the only one in New Jersey to be designated as a Local Legacy by the United States Congress.
The Folklife Program of New Jersey identifies, preserves and broadens the appreciation of folk arts and traditions expressed by community, and encourages public involvement through cross-cultural exchange, interactive participation and development of educational materials.
Folk arts are shared expressions and ceremonies that form culturally specific traditions and can include crafts, music, dance, and even foodways! They can be defined by occupation, geographic region, language or religious practices and are passed down from generation to generation or through a specific community.
The Folklife Program offers public events, interactive workshops, storytelling, exhibits, and residencies in the schools. It uniquely addresses and serves populations and artists from the ever-changing demographics of our region.