Happy 350th New Jersey!

New Jersey was founded in 1664, a royal gift from the English King Charles II to his brother James, Duke of York. James in turn gave a piece of this valuable real estate to two loyal noblemen, Sir George Carteret and Lord Berkeley. The charter which established New Jersey is on view at the State Capitol in Trenton through the summer of 2014.

The state sometimes gets a bad rap but, in fact, its geographic and ethnic diversity, its track record of technological innovation, and its proximity to New York and Philadelphia have made it an unusually creative place for artists, musicians, writers and actors.

Join us for a tour of Jersey to see how artists are celebrating its sesquicentennial. We have David Bianculli on the birth of the American film industry in New Jersey, an illustrator with his own take on Whitman’s “Song of Myself", a Newark-based opera company premiering a new work about native son Paul Robeson, and much more.

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