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The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission offers professionally-led workshops, periodic conferences and roundtable sessions to provide Technical Assistance, Professional Development & Networking opportunities to benefit cultural organizations’ staff and board members, as well as individual artists.

Upcoming Workshops

Families First: Rethinking Exhibits & Programs to Engage All Ages

Date: April 18, 2018 (two sessions offered: day: 1:30- 4:30pm and evening: 6:00-9:00pm)
Location: 40 North Bridge St., Somerville, NJ 08876 (corner of High and No. Bridge Sts./Old SC Admin. Building) , 1st Floor Conference Room.  Parking: On street & in surrounding public lots (metered/$).  Free parking is also available in the Bernie Field Parking Deck off East High Street (located a block and a half from workshop site).

This workshop will present a variety of ways to grow and diversify your local historic site museum’s exhibitions and programs through creative family learning, offering discussion and successful methods, including, but not limited to,  the following…

  • Why Family Engagement?  (visit:

  • Demographic info on history museum audiences, and examples of places that have shifted successfully to a family audience

  • Design principles for family engagement and social learning, and sharing successful examples employed at the  USS Constitution Museum to inspire easily adaptable templates for local historic sites’ museum exhibitions &  programs

  • The idea of  “Prototyping,” and  simple interactive example of prototyping easily used by even the smallest organizations as a tested and proven  path to success

  • Where's the big idea? - examples of content that does and does not appeal to a wide audience, and how simple activities can connect to big ideas

  • Why 50-word limit for exhibition labels? Guidance for some everyday object iconic to our  local area

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ADA Plan Training Session

Date: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (2:30pm - 4:30pm)
20 Grove Street, Somerville (County Admin. Bldg.) Engineering Conference Room  2nd Floor; parking available in the deck located off East High St. *Location subject to change.

Presented by the Cultural Access Network

A co-sponsored project by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

In this technical assistance workshop you will learn how to make your organization's programs and facilities accessible and more welcoming to people with disabilities.  You will learn how to develop an ADA plan for your organization.

As an organization wide team effort, we encourage Executive Directors, Board members, Staff, Marketing representatives and long term valued volunteers to attend.

Space is limited and registration is required!

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