Sunday, August 9, 2020

Next Week—It's the New Brunswick Heart Festival!

New Brunswick Heart Festival

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick Cultural Center, New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, and Above Art Studios present

New Brunswick HEART Festival
Celebrating the Arts and History of New Brunswick and Middlesex County

WHEN: Sat, August 15, 3pm-7pm (Schedule of Events listed below!)

Hosted by New Jersey Radio Hall of Famer Bert Baron and Co-Founder of CPRLive, Sharon Gordon, this all ages virtual arts and history festival will stream live on YouTube. The FREE online festivities will include music, dance, and spoken word performances; a behind-the-scenes look inside the local theatre and visual arts scene; a close-up of Middlesex County’s history; interviews with artists and arts and community leaders; a craft-making session; yoga; and more! 


Food Drive

WHEN: August 15, 11am-5pm
 East Brunswick Mall at 755 NJ-18

Also on August 15, MCFOODs will be holding a food drive at the East Brunswick Mall. They are asking for nonperishable foods and necessities to distribute to a network of over 120 partner organizations throughout Middlesex County. Items can be dropped off at the East Brunswick Mall at 755 NJ-18. Once you arrive, follow the signage for directions. 

Schedule of Events

Sat, August 15, 3pm-7pm

3pm – 4pm

  • Welcome! Meet Hosts NJ Radio Hall of Famer Bert Baron and Co-Founder of CPRLive, Sharon Gordon
  • Music Performance by Sonido Latino 
  • Yoga with Carla Haynes from Garden of Healing 
  • Music Performance by New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra
  • Also in this hour: New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, Arts Institute of Middlesex County, MCFOODS, Elijah’s Promise, and AMARD (Artist Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs, and Violence Program) 

4pm – 5pm

  • Music Performance by Jerry Weldon Quartet presented by the New Brunswick Jazz Project
  • Intro to Ballet Class presented by American Repertory Ballet (Recommended for ages 10+)
  • Music Performance by Latin Grammy®-winning duo 123 Andrés  presented by State Theatre New Jersey (Recommended for ages 4-8) 
  • Conversation and Virtual Gallery Tour with Co-Founder Dontae Muse of Above Art Studio
  • Performances by artists from coLAB Arts
  • Also in this hour: Mason Gross Community Arts
East Jersey Old Town

5pm – 6pm

  • Student-produced Art & Poetry slideshow presented by the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick
  • Butterfly Craft with Claire D’Amato from Zimmerli Art Museum (Recommended for ages 4+)
  • Also in this hour: East Jersey Old Town and Middlesex County, Historic Sites and History Services 

6pm – 7pm

  • Tap Dance Performance by Omar Edwards from Crossroads Theatre Company’s FLY
  • Murals of New Brunswick presented by New Brunswick Community Arts Council
  • Music Performance by Silent Knight, local emcee from the Band Called Fuse
  • Behind-the-Scenes with George Street Playhouse 
  • Music Performance by Classical Singer Elise Brancheau 
  • Spoken Word Performance by Justan Mitchell 
  • DJ Set by Grammy®-winning emcee DRKBXT
  • Also in this hour: New Brunswick City Center and a Thank You video from the New Brunswick HEART Festival partners