From local theater, to museums to top-notch cultural arts
programming, Middlesex County has something for everyone. Located in the center
of New Jersey and home to a population that is among the most diverse in the
United States, Middlesex County attracts visitors looking for all types of
artistic and cultural pursuits.
The Middlesex County Board of Chosen
Freeholders are committed to increasing the presence of the arts
throughout our County. To that end, the Board established the Middlesex County
Arts and Cultural Trust Fund and approved a strategic Regional Cultural Plan to guide investment
of significant resources in the County’s arts, culture and history
assets. The Plan serves as a roadmap to guide the County through 2020 to
achieve its aspiration that: All residents of Middlesex County have the
opportunity to access and participate in the arts, culture and history that
enrich their lives.
The Middlesex County Office of Arts & History
offers folklife programming, multicultural events, special projects, podcasts
and publications. Programs are held at the County's East Jersey Old Town
Village and at the Cornelius Low House, the County museum, both in Piscataway.
The Office also helps produce programming for local arts and culture
groups. These events happen throughout the County.
One of the County's standout theatrical productions is its annual Plays-in-the-Park series, which attracts more than 50,000 fans each summer to the amphitheater in Roosevelt Park in Edison. Plays-in-the-Park is dedicated to producing musicals that recreate or resemble, as closely as possible, the intent, stature and scope of the original Broadway productions. The series represents a unique collaborative partnership between community theater and local government since 1963. The program is sponsored by the Middlesex County Freeholders and the County Office of Parks and Recreation.