Culture Counts!

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Enjoy this series of virtual programs that showcase the many cultures and art forms living, thriving and
creating in our communities!

How do the results of the 2020 U.S. Census impact the arts and culture in Somerset County?

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    Population Size Counts! Census results determine how money is distributed to state arts agencies. Population size also effects how much money is given to other government departments, and many have pockets of funds that stream to the arts.

  • Demographics Count! Population size and demographics can impact the placement of cultural facilities and determining what projects are priorities.

  • Grants Count! Special government grants are given to areas with large populations of historically marginalized communities.

  • Policy Counts! Depending on how the count breaks down, congressional and senate seats likely to be redistributed from state to state may impact pro-arts delegations, and future arts funding and policy.

The U.S. Census needs an accurate count of our population so that our artists, arts, history and cultural organizations get the funding they need to continue programming and projects that make Somerset County a great place to work, live, and play.

Music Counts! Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Avagliano - Mozart Helvering - Lowery Friedlander - Puccini
Kostiw - Bach Nettleship - Holst & Beethoven

Folk Arts Count!

Pysanky Egg Painting with the Ukrainian History and Education Center Learn Rangoli

Music Counts! Make Music from Home with the Coffeehouse Project

Drum with Household Items Drum with Household Items - part 2

Your Story Counts! Preserve Your Heritage with master storyteller Queen Nur

Games People Play Oral History Objects in our Home

Your Memories Count! Create a memory book with master illustrator Cat Daniels

Kids and Teachers Count! Mini Concerts with the students and faculty of the New School for Music Study

Evan, Age 12, Andantino by Khachaturian Ben, Age 15, Fantasy Dance by Schumann Nathaniel, Age 11, Pirates Bold by Holst
Silas, Age 7, Walking like Elephants
by Dittenhaver
Aparna, Age 9,
Atacama Desert by Rossi
Esther Hayter, Brahms Intermezzo
in A Major, op. 118 no. 2
Angela Triandafillou,
Over the Rainbow and Maple Leaf Rag
Rebecca Pennington, Mozart Sonata in C, K. 330 Allegro Moderato

Drama Counts! Learn Improv with Beth Painter

Create Characters Lend Me a Hand

Make Your Voice Count! Be inspired by historical Voices of Courage with Queen Nur

Ida B. Wells Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Mary Church Terrell
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Cathay Williams

Visit often—more coming soon!

This series of programs is brought to you by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the New Jersey Complete Count Committee, and the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission.

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