EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — Mayor Brad Cohen and the East Brunswick Arts Commission have announced a new Artist Survey they hope will identify the township’s growing number of artists and arts organizations.
“East Brunswick is home to many outstanding artists of all genres,” says Mayor Cohen. “We want to hear their ideas on how to expand and enhance the arts in our community.”
In addition to compiling information on individual artists, groups and businesses, the two-page survey seeks input on ways to better promote and develop the arts in East Brunswick.
“The arts landscape is constantly impacted by changes in technology, demographics and other social and economic factors,” says the Mayor. “We want to hear first-hand from our artists how their art can thrive in our community.”
Copies of the East Brunswick Artist Survey are available at most township buildings, can be downloaded from the township web site at www.eastbrunswick.org or can be directly mailed by calling (732) 390-6797.
The township of 48,000 has several anchor cultural institutions that present a diverse schedule of arts and heritage events throughout the year including East Brunswick Museum, East Brunswick Public Library and Playhouse 22 Community Arts Center, which features plays, concerts, theater classes, literary readings and a children’s summer theater camp. This is all in addition to the wide variety of talent and programming offered through the public schools.
East Brunswick enjoys a wide range of arts-based festivals including Purim Fest, Deaf Fest, Phyllis Noar Puppetry Festival and an increasing number of cultural gatherings such as Egyptian Festival, Polish Heritage Festival and Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration.
The township’s biggest public art event, the annual East Brunswick Art and Music Festival presented by East Brunswick Arts Commission, returns on June 2 and has openings until May 18 for student and professional exhibitors, with full festival information at www.eastbrunswick.org/recreation.
East Brunswick was also the home of 19th-century cultural notables such as writer Henrietta Christian Wright and painter J.C. Thom. Contemporary artists with East Brunswick roots include actors Dulé Hill and Jesse and Hallie Eisenberg, jazz vocalist Jeannie Bryson, rockers Catch 22 and Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, singer/songwriters Kathleen Elle and JAX, tabla virtuoso Badal Roy, opera composer Stefan Weisman, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist April Saul, Grammy Award-winning lyricist Glenn Slater, Emmy Award-winning television writer Jim Vallely and clothing designer Marc Eckō.
“We know there are many artists creating great work in East Brunswick today,” says Mayor Cohen. “The Artist Survey will help us identify them and provide wider recognition of their work in the community and beyond.”