Northern NJ Community Foundation to Hold Summer Art Jam at Overpeck County Park

Drum's musical performance in Cenytal ParkJoin the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen’s Connect the Dots Outdoor Summer Art Jam at Overpeck County Park’s amphitheater in the Ridgefield Park area for a celebration of the arts in Bergen County.  The third networking event of the 2017 Connect the Dot series will be held on Wednesday, July 26 on the amphitheater’s stage at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia, New Jersey, from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

The event, hosted by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, is free and open to the public.  Cynthia Forster, Director of the Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs, will provide welcoming remarks.  Attendees are invited to participate in a drum circle, play instruments, sing, dance and more in an open space on the stage.  Visual artists are welcome to bring pieces of their work and an easel or other means to display them.

“Giving artists of all mediums our support to meet and learn from each other so they, in turn, can add artistic value to our communities and the citizens we all serve is a major part of the mission of our Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs.  We are happy to host the next ArtsBergen networking event on the great amphitheater’s stage of one of our county’s amazing outdoor spaces at Overpeck,” said Forster. Continue reading

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Northern NJ Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen to Spotlight Community Enhancement Through Tactical Urbanism

Laundry Detergent to be Collected for Homeless Families in Bergen County

The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation‘s (NNJCF) ArtsBergen initiative will spotlight tactical urbanism at the fourth Connect the Dots networking event on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  The program will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University‘s Giovatto Library, located at 1000 River Road in Teaneck, New Jersey, from 6:00 8:00 p.m.

Connect the Dots is free and open to artists, musicians, actors, writers, dancers, performers, arts administrators, educators, municipal and community leaders, business owners, nonprofit representatives, and arts supporters living or working in Bergen County.  Refreshments will be served.

mike-lydonSpeaker Mike Lydon will present Tactical Urbanism: Low Cost, High Impact via Creativity.  An internationally known planner, writer, speaker, and advocate for livable cities, Lydon developed tactical urbanism, an approach to urban change that makes low-cost, temporary changes to the environment with the goal of improving neighborhoods and city gathering places.  Featured guest performers Bogdan Tabaka and Juliana Henriques from Anchor Dance Studio in Oradell, New Jersey will present Latin dances and provide an interactive dance program.  The Foundation’s quarterly community engagement project will focus on helping homeless families in Bergen County.

During 2016, the Connect the Dots series is exploring creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into the fabric of a region, town, or city block.  A goal of the series is to create an environment stimulating conversation about creative placemaking and encouraging partnerships that can initiate projects across Bergen County.   Continue reading