Arts & Culture Collaborative’s LatinX ConeXiones project explodes with cultural events

With nearly thirty cultural organizations collaborating on the LatinX ConeXiónes project, the coming months promise a veritable explosion of cultural events throughout Morris County. Focusing on the arts and culture of LatinX artists and communities in Morris County, over twenty six events are being planned, including music, dance, fine art and craft exhibitions, food, history, installations, literature, poetry, theatre and other creative disciplines, from August through November 2019. The events will take place in venues across Morris County, publicized via members’ websites, newsletters and social media as well as via the Collaborative’s calendar of events, online at https://artsandculturecollaborative.org, www.facebook.com/latinxconexiones and https://www.instagram.com/latinxconexiones/.

Don’t miss the free Tuesday, August 6th (12:30pm on the Morristown Green) performance of Mexican music by Mariachi Citlalli, concluding Morris Arts/Mayo Performing Arts Center’s (MPAC) Music Beyond Borders 2019 world music series. A wealth of other programs, many of them free, will take place at libraries, churches, the Gateway Totem/Community Garden, Shakespeare Theatre, MPAC, schools, colleges and other venues through November 11, 2019.

L-R: Ballet Folklorico de Mexico (performed at MPAC, November, 2018); Armando Son Jimenez (R) with Grupo Sabor (Music Beyond Borders, July 9, 2019); Mariachi Citlalli (Music Beyond Borders, August 6, 2019); Viva Vallenato! (Dover Free Public Library, October 20, 2019). 

The Arts & Culture Collaborative was conceived in 2017 as an umbrella organization for identified creative and arts-related projects. Its mission is “to collaboratively develop arts & culture projects that will bring creators and audiences together in dialogue, with the goal of encouraging and promoting mutual understanding and inclusion for the benefit of all.” Various civic, cultural and educational leaders and organizations have undertaken projects that benefit the arts, culture and citizens of Morris County. One of the Collaborative’s founders and Morris Arts Board member, Alan Levitan, added: “The Collaborative has been working together for more than a year. We are excited to share our ideas and plans for LatinX ConeXiónes. Individuals, businesses and organizations interested in learning more about us and joining should contact me or Tom Werder through Morris Arts.” The Collaborative’s members share a vision to use the power of the arts to engage, educate and unify the Morris County community through activities that ignite imagination, foster compassion and create and encourage cultural understanding and well-being.

To date, collaborative member organizations include: The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, County College of Morris, College of St. Elizabeth, Joanne DelRio, Development and Community Affairs/Town of Dover, Dover Public Library, Drew University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Gay Activist Alliance in Morris County (GAAMC), Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA), Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morris Arts, Morris County Family Success Center, Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall, Morris County Organization for Hispanic Affairs, Morris Museum, Morris School District and Morristown High School, Morristown Festival of Books, Morristown and Morris Township Library, Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown United Methodist Church/First United Methodist Church in Dover, Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Jane Tennen Consulting, Wind of the Spirit, Zufall Health Center, 70 South Gallery.