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.
Documentary Film: Generations of Artists: Roosevelt, NJ
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 8:00 PM
Ever since Rockefeller Center mural painter Ben Shahn was invited by the Works Progress Administration to create a mural in Jersey Homesteads (since renamed Roosevelt), N.J., this experimental rural farming community has become a haven for potters, painters, musicians, librettists, and writers. Generations of Artists, a 25-minute documentary, visits with the artists who continue to make Roosevelt their home nearly a century after the town’s founding.
By all accounts the Woodland Trail Art Walk and Open Gallery organized by Hunter Ellentuck which took place October 22nd, 2016 was a resounding success. Now, thanks to Mike Silverman, you can see and hear reactions to the event recorded at various times during the day. Click on the image to see what you missed.
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.