MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - As part of an extensive public engagement campaign for the County's new comprehensive master plan, Destination 2040, Middlesex County is working with coLAB Arts to provide residents of Middlesex County the opportunity to participate in a FREE storytelling workshop on June 23, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm at the First Reformed Church Education Building in New Brunswick, NJ.

This storytelling workshop will bring participants together to learn the techniques of personal narrative storytelling.  Participants will use inspiration from their own lives and personal experiences to craft and share a story under the guidance of experienced coLAB Arts teachers.  Over the course of the ½ day workshop, the coLAB team will take participants through a step-by-step process meant to make storytelling meaningful and accessible for everyone.

This storytelling series is all about ensuring that the diverse communities that make up Middlesex County are seen and heard.  Middlesex County is currently gathering feedback to determine the priorities for the future of our county by developing a new Master Plan called Destination 2040.  This plan will set the course for how we live, work and do business in our communities in the future.  It is important that ALL voices are heard as part of that process—and storytelling is a great way to make that happen!

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The story-telling workshop is only the beginning of the process.  A selection of participants who complete the entire storytelling series will be invited to perform their stories at a special event at the State Theatre of New Jersey on September 26th. This historic venue is a Middlesex County mainstay of arts and culture that has hosted some of the most talented artists and performers over the last 100 years.  Our storytellers will now have a chance to be part of that history!

Do you know someone whose story should be represented? This series is a great way for them to be included.  CoLAB and Middlesex County are recruiting now for the storytelling workshop.  To register, visit http://www.colab-arts.org/calendar/destination2040 or call (848) 932-2876.