Hispanic Family Arts and Culture Day in Newark October 1

“Celebrate Familia” Features Family Friendly Activities for All Ages

Teaneck, NJ (September 15, 2005) — “Celebrate Familia” on Saturday, October 1, 2005, is a day of Hispanic Family Arts and Culture in Newark that is free and open to the public.

Through Spanish-language activities, printed materials, and Spanish-speaking guides, “Celebrate Familia” will open the doors to some of Newark’s rich array of cultural institutions and resources.

The Newark Museum and the Newark Public Library will engage Hispanics in the broad range of cultural, educational, and workforce development opportunities available to them.

An open house will be based at the Newark Public Library, with a host of activities taking place at the Newark Museum across the street, and will include light refreshments, door prizes and gift bags for participants, and staffed information tables with information about educational and cultural opportunities in Newark.

Activities include storytelling and arts-and-crafts activities for children, family literacy sessions for parents, Spanish-language guided tours of the Museum and the resources at the Library, and art-hunt activities for children at the Museum. Spanish-language and bilingual resource materials will be available.

“Celebrate Familia,” said Deborah Gonzalez, director of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Puerta al Futuro program and a coordinator of the event, “is an opportunity for the Hispanic community to engage in the cultural life of the city, develop a comfort level in exploring arts and cultural activities and discover educational opportunities.”

Newark Library (5 Washington Street, Newark, NJ) activities begin at 10 a.m. with registration. At 10:30, there is storytelling followed by a 12:30 arts and crafts opportunity. A family literacy workshop and storytelling begins at 2:30 p.m.

Newark Museum Activities include tours of the Museum in Spanish from 1-4 p.m. At 4:30 the film “Maid in America” will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles. The filmmaker, Ananyansi Prado, will join the audience for a dialogue following the screening. There is a $7 fee for adults, $5 for students, seniors and Museum members.

Art activities at the Museum will be ongoing from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Baseball fans will enjoy “Out in Left Field.” After exploring conceptual art ideas in the exhibition American Pastime, attendees will be able to tell the story of their favorite ballplayer using fun and wacky materials. At 2 p.m., join a road trip across American through the eyes of an artist in “USA Cross Country Adventure Family Tours.”

Science exhibits and programs include “Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets” and “Power Dressing in the Animal World” from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. At 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., enjoy the film “Moonwitch” – appropriate for ages 6-10, that tells the story of a young girl filled with excitement about the moon and dreams of landing on its surface one day. There is a fee for “Moonwitch.”

Puerta al Futuro, an innovative bilingual degree program at Fairleigh Dickinson University for Spanish speakers, and FOCUS, a vibrant community resource center for Hispanics in Newark and the site of Puerta al Futuro activities in the city, is coordinating this special day with support from the Victoria Foundation, Goya, and Scholastic.

“Newark’s Hispanic population is large and growing rapidly, and the civic and cultural institutions in Newark are enjoying an unprecedented renaissance. But these two areas of growth have rarely intersected. Hispanics are often overlooked in cultural programming, and what few resources there are, are often inaccessible due to language barriers, or are not widely known,” said Gonzalez.

For more information, call 201 692 2625, or e-mail puerta@fdu.edu.

Puerta al Futuro

Gretchen Johnson

Office of Public Relations
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road
Mailstop H-DH3-15
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-7032

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Mailstop M-MS0-01
Madison, NJ 07940
(973) 443-8661

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