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.
Recollections of a Hidden Child
Saturday October 29, 2016, 8:00 PM
Between the ages of five and ten, longtime Roosevelt resident Al Hepner
was hidden from the Nazis in his homeland of Belgium and moved from one
place of shelter to another as detection became imminent. In this film based on
interviews conducted by students at the SAR Academy in Riverdale,
Al recounts those events and the effect they had upon him.
After the film, he will be available in person to answer further questions
from the RAP audience.
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.