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Newark Cultural District Teams Up for Community Arts Day

2003-03-28

The Newark Cultural Arts District proudly presents its second annual Community Arts Day on Saturday, April 12, 2003, from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m. The Newark Cultural Arts District consists of the following cultural institutions: The Newark Museum, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), The New Jersey Historical Society (NJHS), WBGO Jazz 88.3 FM- Newark Public Radio, the Newark Public Library and the City of Newark Division of Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Each organization will host a variety of fun-filled arts, science and history activities throughout the day to introduce, and in many cases, re-introduce Newark’s cultural resources to New Jersey residents and beyond. The events, which range from family workshops and guided gallery tours to storytelling and jazz concerts, are open to children and adults of all ages. Although most events are free of charge, there is a minimal fee for others.

The proposed elimination of state funding for all arts and history organizations by Governor James E. McGreevey has been met with resounding cries of opposition from the cultural arts community who have rallied together to support the reinstatement of all state funds. “Events like Community Arts Day show just how vital the arts are to our daily lives. Sometimes we forget, or just plain take for granted that the arts will always be there. The current threat to state funding for arts and history groups reveals just how fragile - and precious - they really are,” commented Linwood Oglesby, Executive Director of the Newark Arts Council.

Most of the events for Community Arts Day are conveniently located within walking distance, and representatives from the Newark Cultural Arts District will be on-hand to provide information on their members’ organizations.

SCHEDULE OF COMMUNITY ARTS DAY EVENTS

THE NEW JERSEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
52 Park Place
(973) 596-8500, www.jerseyhistory.org

All programs are free and open to the public

“Hats Off to Community Arts”
12 Noon to 4 p.m. Drop in at any time!
We all wear different hats. Explore our exhibitions, Resource-Full New Jersey, Pilgrims, Patriots and Products: Selling the Colonial Image, and Coming Up on the Season: Migrant Farmworkers in the Northeast, learn about different hats worn from colonial times to the present, as well as the different roles people play in our everyday lives. Then, use art supplies to create your own hat to wear! End your visit by using Jersey-grown fruits and vegetables to make a special Spring snack!

“Library Open House”
Tours begin at 1 p.m, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the research library and some of the special collections that can be used to delve into the Garden State’s fascinating history.

“Walking Tours”
Tours begin at 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Meet in lobby of NJHS.
Explore the rich and colorful history of the downtown area during this guided walking tour that highlights the magnificent architecture and public art of grand old Newark.

THE NEWARK MUSEUM
49 Washington Street
973-596-6550, www.newarkmuseum.org

Admission to all programs unless otherwise noted is FREE with suggested Museum Admission.

“Great Pots Family Celebration”
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Drop in at any time!
Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy
Get fired up and take a spin on the potter’s wheel.
Coil and pinch a pot of your own as you learn the
science of clay and watch a master potter, John Watts at work.

“Gallery Tours”
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Family Drop-in Arts & Science Workshops”
1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets”
12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Discover Earth’s mysteries in our new Victoria Hall
of Science. Peer into the very core of the planet,
see a volcano blow its top, learn how life on Earth
adapts to change, and much more.

Planetarium
12 Noon to 5 p.m.
$3 adults $2, children under 12, seniors,
and college students with valid ID

“Impacts: Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites”
12 Noon to 5 p.m.
Asteroids and comets are the most numerous, yet enigmatic objects in the Solar System. They are left over debris from its formation and may be the key to unraveling the mystery of how planets are born. Come explore these fascinating objects in the Planetarium Gallery. Impacts will feature photos, models, meteorites, and hands-on activities.

“Our Place in Space”
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Scarlet the macaw needs your help to solve a crossword puzzle about where we live in space. Follow Scarlet and a host of endangered animals as they explore the cause of day and night, the importance of our star the sun, the beauty of the constellations, and the variety of objects that make up the Universe. Discover your place in space!

“Skywatchers of Africa”
2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
This new planetarium program leads visitors on an exciting exploration of Africa and its peoples’ captivating cultural uses of the sky over thousands of years. Skywatchers of Africa highlights the diversity of African cultural astronomy and celebrates our shared human experience.

“Mini Zoo Matters”
“Animal Travel”
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

THE NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
One Center Street
1 (888) GO-NJPAC, www.njpac.org

Free tours of NJPAC
12 Noon to 1 p.m.

“Where the Wild Things Are”
2 p.m. $18, adults; $9 children (SOLD OUT)
This magical ballet, based on the classic children’s story by author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, is told through the eyes of young Max, who is sent to bed without any supper for behaving like a “wild thing.” Confined to his bedroom, he has fantastical dreams about a forest ruled by “wild things” – all danced by ten-foot-tall puppets! Stunningly choreographed by Septime Webre, with awe-inspiring sets and costumes designed by Sendak himself, this is a massive and enchanting production full of animated scenery and zany characters that spring from the page to the stage!

THE NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
5 Washington Street
(973) 733-7784, www.npl.org

All programs are free and open to the public

Take your picture with Corky, the Kid’s Place Mascot!
12 Noon to 1:30 p.m.

“Hooray for Children!” Saturday Programs for Kids
2 p.m.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit,” featuring Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail and their adventures in Mr. MacGregor’s garden.

THE NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA at NJPAC
One Center Street
1 (800) ALLEGRO, www.njsymphony.org

Humperdink’s “Hänsel and Gretel”
2 p.m. $18, $13 tickets available
Sit back and enjoy this classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. In this semi-staged production, the NJSO and a troupe of talented young performers will recreate this wondrous story before your eyes!

From 1:20 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. the Newark Early Strings will be participating in a pre-concert “Fiddle Fest” in the NJPAC lobby. Listen as more than 50 young Newark fiddlers make music for your entire family!

WBGO at East Orange Public Library
54 Park Place
(973) 624-8880, www.wbgo.org

Admission is free

“Children’s Jazz Concert” featuring vocalist Roseanna Vitro
12:30 p.m.
at East Orange Public Library, 2nd Floor, 21 South Arlington Avenue
East Orange, NJ
This concert series has entertained thousands of kids over the years. Come and learn about jazz in a fun and entertaining setting with Ms. Vitro, the jazz vocal instructor for the Jazz for Teens Program conducted by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), and co-sponsored by WBGO.








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