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Middlesex County celebrates Back to School Month

The Arts Institute of Middlesex County is presenting a multitude of arts and culture events, exhibitions, and shows throughout September. The month is packed with programming primarily centered around Back to School Month.

While COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, artists all over the county and the Middlesex County Arts Institute continue to come together to connect residents through public art, virtual experiences, and performances.

The Arts Institute has helped partners navigate this new environment with engaging and thought-provoking experiences.

These events are free to enjoy for all county residents and beyond.

September’s event highlights include:

  • Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. – Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick for Art and Story Time series every Wednesday at 4 p.m. to ease back into the new school year with a new reading and a DIY craft activity. All ages welcome.

o   Sept. 1 at 4 p.m. – Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “Apple” written and illustrated by Nikki McClure. Afterward, create black-and-white cut paper collages.

o   Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. –  Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “Here We Are” written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Afterward, draw a landscape using chalk pastels.

o   Sept. 15 at 4 p.m. –  Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “Leaf Man” written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert. Afterward, create your own “leafman” using natural materials.

o   Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. –  Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “Beautiful Oops” written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg. Afterward, create paintings based on adventures.

o   Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. –  Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “Windblown” written and illustrated by Édouard Manceau. Afterward, create stories with colorful shapes.

  • 10th Annual Central Jersey Jazz Festival – Enjoy a live jazz festival hosted between Flemington, New Brunswick, Somerville and Metuchen Sept. 10-12. Join in person or watch live on Facebook.
  • Visit East Jersey Old Town Village – Come visit to see where the past comes alive. Travel back in time with New Jersey’s first history augmented reality tour. Start at East Jersey Old Town Village and tour through the lost community of Raritan Landing. The Village gift shop has reopened stocked with crafts, historic items, candles, soap, candy, locally produced honey, cider and baked goods. Also starting in September, come pick your own pumpkins from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, or from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Artsculture for full details on all events.

To honor Back to School Month, the Arts Institute will present a series of videos and content at www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Government/Departments/BDE/Pages/ArtsInstitute/Back-to-School-Month.aspx.

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