Our Town

Union County Arts Center

Rahway, New Jersey

$75,000

2012

Rahway has a diverse population of 28,998 and is located 20 miles south of Manhattan. Union County Arts Center, the City of Rahway's Redevelopment Agency, Arts Guild New Jersey, LuceGroup, Rahway Arts District, and a wide array of artistic and community partners will collaborate on RAHWAY ARTsPART, a series of creative performances and community engagement activities. The RAHWAY ARTsPART project is designed to harness the opening of Hamilton Stage by supporting a series of creative performances and community engagement activities. This grant will build off of the arrival of seven new performance groups, including the American Repertory Ballet, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, StrangeDog Theatre Company, the World Beat Box Association, and others to do programming not only in the new theater but all over town.

A wide array of artistic and community partners will collaborate with the visiting groups to produce two major outdoor arts festivals, a convening of Asian-American dance teachers, and BOXCON, the International Human Beatbox Convention. They will also create an inter-school Afro Latin Jazz band led by Grammy Award-winning musician Arturo O'Farrill. The partners will prioritize accessibility planning to engage people of all ages, ethnicities, and abilities in the arts enjoy the activities.