ARE FOLK ARTS ?
are folk arts – often the first thing that usually comes to mind is
"crafts" - home made items that sometimes can be bought at gift
shops. This description is partially correct. However, we should not stop
here. Because folk art is more than a handiwork, acquired in gift shops.
art is life itself!
life is made up of shared traditions that are called "culture"
by most people. These traditions are ways that we express ourselves within
a community that has a common root and common understandings.
shared expressions may take the form of music, religion, food, drama,
handicrafts, plays, etc. They are learned through informal instructors who
are living in our community, or through our relatives, passed down from
generation to generation.
our traditional art works are family/community-based. They reflect our
social structure and therefore they are seen as a foundation that holds
our community together.
Folklife Program for New Jersey is a
project of the Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission
. Its mission
is to endorse and encourage our communities to identify unique artistic
talents preserved and practiced by our residents.
program presents these important artworks within our communities
and the general public.
By so doing, we celebrate and share the diversity
of our cultural society and encourage cross-cultural exchanges.
Our programs are designed to address public's needs. To that end,
we utilize facilities that are accessible
to people with disabilities.
Our publications are available in LARGE PRINT and Braille. On-site
interpreters are also provided. All of our programs are free of
(e.g. hair braiding, styling)