Thursday, October 12

V5-05 ‘Homebound’ Unbound: Equity and Access Issues in Crafting a Statewide Folk and Traditional Arts at Home Program

Thursday, October 12, 10:30 am–12:30 pm

session will be recorded and available for later viewing online

Sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

Chair: Marion Jacobson (Director, West Jersey Folklife Center, Perkins Center for the Arts) and Lesley Schierenbeck (Director, Jersey Shore Folklife Center, Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum)

Forum participants:

Kim H. Nguyen (Program Officer, Folk and Traditional Arts, New Jersey State Council on the Arts)

Ritu Pandya (Yoga, Mandala and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Teaching Artist,

Iveta Pirgova (Director, Down Jersey Folklife Center, WheatonArts)

Valerie Vaughn (Singer/Songwriter and 2023 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Heritage Awardee)

Bringing folklife programs to the “homebound”: Join the conversation with the team who developed Folk and Traditional Arts at Home, New Jersey’s innovative statewide program bringing folk arts experiences directly to elderly, the disabled and individuals with limited mobility. Participants will hear from folklorists, teaching artists and our government agency partner who will weigh in on the strategies, challenges, and opportunities in developing these kinds of programs. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in mini-workshops and demonstrations with teaching artists Ritu Pandya, a yoga and meditation practitioner, and Valerie Vaughn, singer-songwriter and social worker.