The Roosevelt Arts Project (RAP) is a collaborative venture of friends and neighbors in and around Roosevelt, New Jersey. Bringing together artists in a variety of media, our mission is to foster collaboration and present their work to the public.
Founded in 1986 by the nationally known artists, Bernarda Bryson Shahn and Jacob Landau, and others including writers and musicians, the Roosevelt Arts Project presents a series of annual programs. This varied series premieres new works by Roosevelt playwrights, painters and potters, folk singers, poets, and composers, as well as experimental collaborations.
RAP's 25th Anniversary Weekend
Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5
Beginning at 11 AM on Saturday morning May 4 and running through Sunday afternoon May 5, the Roosevelt Arts Project will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a weekend-long series of events. All the events will take place in or around Roosevelt Public School except for the Sunday afternoon piano recital at 15 Pine Drive, Roosevelt. Events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Ben Johnson's video documentary on the Jersey Homesteads (which became Roosevelt) will play continuously in one of the school classrooms. And in another classroom you will have the opportunity to tell your favorite Roosevelt story to Sheila Linz on video. See our Events page for more information.
The mural shown in the header was created by Ben Shahn in 1937-38 to commemorate the New Deal resettlement community of Jersey Homesteads, now called Roosevelt, N.J. The mural can still be seen in the Roosevelt Public School.
As one of the first art works of the town, it is only appropriate that it should serve as the header for the RAP site.