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.
Grupo Herencias: Music of the Andes
Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM
This group of local musicians from the Hightstown area plays a variety of music infused with the beauty of the Andean countries and their extraordinary cultural wealth. As the name Herencias suggests, "inheritance" is about celebrating this legacy using indigenous instruments. The majesty of the zampoña (double panflute) transports us to the beautiful mountains of the Andes. The unique sound of the quena (flute) breaks through with a melody, sweet and penetrating as sunlight through the clouds, while the charango, guitar, bass, and maracas invite us to get up and dance.
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 and finest art works in the town, it is only appropriate that it should serve as the header for the RAP site.
NEW: a video of the excellent talk given by Alan Mallach about the mural as part of RAP's 25th anniversary celebration is now available on this web site. Or if your browser blocks popups, you can also find it on YouTube.