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Cultural Affairs
Andrew Fishman
Cultural Affairs Coordinator

10 Durand Rd.
Maplewood Township, NJ  07040


The division of Cultural Affairs works to support and promote the work of local artists in collaboration with the Maplewood Arts Council (MAC). 

Ongoing classes at 1978 Maplewood Arts Center

Adult Watercolor
Either  Monday, or Friday, 10:00 to 11:30 am, Fee $96.00. Adult. 
Everyone can paint, enjoy a relaxed morning in a gallery setting, learning watercolor. Now offering a choice of 2 mornings. This is an on-going class….all levels are welcome.  
Artist/ teacher, Evelyn Graves, 973-762-2834 

Singalong and Jam!  
Class meets Wednesdays, 8:30 – 9:30.  
Get together with your peers and sing and jam! Join a growing group of musicians for a fun hour of playing classic songs. New songs and lessons are brought each week to help you grow as a musician and performer!  10 class series, $150.   
Singalong and Jam!

Start a Band! Camp
Meet other musicians and start a band at a one-week camp in July.  We will hold five consecutive days of three-hour rehearsals, and perform at an end of camp concert.  Bring your desire to play and we will take care of the organizational side, so you can focus on being creative and cooperating in the pursuit of making music! Tuition is $250 for five classes.
Start A Band!


Lydia Johnson Dance

Lydia Johnson Dance (LJD) teaches a unique blend of Dance Technique and Choreography. No prior dance training is necessary. Unlike most other dance programs LJD believes that technique is best learned as children use their creative energy to compose their own dance works. For more information, click the following link: Lydia Johnson Dance

Performance Classroom
The Performance Classroom celebrates kids' natural imagination and creativity. Students develop the confidence to let their voice ring out in a public setting, the spirit to collaborate with their peers, and an appreciation for the joy of performing.  Whether they go on to Broadway or the board room, these
skills will last a lifetime.  Plus, they'll have a ton of fun! For more information, clock the following link: Performance Classroom

Music For Aardvarks
Music for Aardvarks is a refreshing alternative to the traditional music class for kids. Our informal, spirited classes are geared toward children 3 months to 4 years old and incorporate singing, dancing,musical storytelling, instrumental jam sessions and more. We incorporate a lot of movement in class, so be ready for some big time fun with your little one! For more information, clock the following link: Music For Aardvarks

1978 Maplewood Arts Center on Springfield Avenue and The Burgdorff Center For The Arts downtown are both township supported arts spaces. 

1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Maplewood Arts Center is a community space dedicated to the arts. The Center provides classes and workshops, art shows, film programs and live performances- and provides a forum for artists to work, exhibit and interact. For more information, click the following link: 1978 Maplewood Arts

Burgdorff Center For The Performing Arts
This beautiful building located in downtown Maplewood was deeded to the Township in 1988 by Jean T. Burgdorff to be used for charitable, cultural and civic purposes. The facility has a theatre with a capacity of 150 and a large Community Room suitable for classes, performances, receptions and other events. 

The mission of The Maplewood Arts Council (MAC) is to improve the quality of life in the Township of Maplewood by helping the arts to flourish. The members of MAC shall work to further the understanding of and involvement in arts and culture by the citizens of the township by firmly committing themselves to achieving the following goals:

Establishing and supporting arts programs that are artistically, financially and operationally successful as well as organizations that are diverse and accessible to all Maplewoodians;

Supporting a respected and valued community of Maplewood artists encouraged to achieve their best and be broadly connected to community life in ways that make full use of their creativity and talents;

Promoting expanded public participation in and support for the arts;

Maintaining a network of people, businesses, organizations, institutions and communities working in partnership to advance the arts and the arts'contributions to Maplewood's community life;

Creating and fostering high quality arts education for all Maplewoodians;

Building a local economy whose community and economic development strategies, plans and resource allocations at all jurisdictional levels feature the arts and culture.

                                           Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
                                                 Phone: (973) 843 7157
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Maplewood Township, NJ 07040
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