Shades of Past, Colors of Present:

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Preserving Caribbean Cultural Heritage in New Jersey

This exciting six-month project will celebrate Caribbean visual arts, music and dance through exhibitions at numerous South Jersey locations, educational programs, a conference and a Festival at WheatonArts. Program partners include the Cumberland County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Cumberland County College and Rowan College of Gloucester County.

Exhibitions 2016

Caribbean Carnival: Tradition of Artistry, Visions of Change

WheatonArts, July 8 thru November 27


SANKOFA: Reflections on Cultural Heritage and Shared Humanity

WheatonArts, July 8 thru August 14, The Gallery Of Fine Craft Exhibit


Between Worlds – In a World

Rowan College at Gloucester County, September 8 thru October 28


Dance in the Caribbean: Cultures and Traditions

Cumberland County Community College, Art Gallery, September 15 thru October 31



(A Recipe for) Uniqueness Born from Differences

Cumberland County Community College, Clay College, December 1 thru January 16, 2017

Workshops/Classes/Demos Fall 2016

 Mask making – Clay instrument making – Storytelling – Drumming – Dancing – Gourd Painting – Coconut and Bamboo Carving

An Epistle of Resilience

Traveling exhibition that will be featured at local libraries throughout Cumberland County


  • Bridgeton Public Library, August 1 through August 26, Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30, 2 PM
  • Art Therapy Workshop: Thursday, August 18, 2 PM, Vineland Public Library
  • September 5 through September 30, Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, noon
  • Millville Public Library, October 8 through October 28, Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, noon
  • Cumberland County Library, November 5 through November 25, Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2 PM
  • Cumberland County College Library, December 3 through December 23, Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2 PM

Due to fluctuating exhibit space, each exhibit will be unique and may include art not exhibited at other venues. Be sure to visit all five locations!

Caribbean Dance Workshop

September 16, Friday, 6pm to 8pm

Ages: 12 and above; Class Fee: FREE; Registration Closing: September 10 (Required)

Instructors:  Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

This workshop will include a variety of Caribbean dances with live music, including Puerto Rican bomba and plena as well as Afro-Cuban dances. Join the dance instructors and musicians from the “Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble”, “Conjunto Criollo” Puerto Rican Band and “Raise Boriqua” Dance Group for an evening of unique music and dance experience.

Registration Required. Call Pamela Weichmann at 856-825-6800, 106 or register online


Caribbean Communities and Cultures: Preservation and Adaptation

WheatonArts, October 28

Caribbean Conference Program Schedule

Register Online


Caribbean Festival at WheatonArts

 Caribbean Cultural Heritage: Day of Celebration!

Join us to celebrate music, dance and visual arts that  represent the many faces of the Caribbean cultural heritage, September 17

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View the Caribbean Project Brochure PDF 

Caribbean Project Brochure translations:

Creole | French  | Spanish

This program is made possible in part by a special cosponsored grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.