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Poetry Month Art & Storytime

A River of Words bookcover
April 28, 4 - 5 pm

Under the Sunday Tree

Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick and Ms. Sharon Gordon in a reading of Under the Sunday Tree, with poems written by Eloise Greenfield and paintings by Mr. Amos Ferguson.

Explore everyday family and community life in the Bahamas through paintings and poetry, then create your own everyday scene or portrait in paint! All ages are welcome!

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Poetry Month Art & Storytime Events

Join us all month for a series of online workshops focusing on the contributions and culture of poetry! Each session includes a live book reading and activity inspired by the story and illustrations. All ages are welcome! Select any of the images for more information and to participate in each event!


Explore a truly collaborative work of art in a reading of I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail. Then, create your own pen and ink cutouts using your own materials!​


Explore a folk story told in poetic verse and in two languages through vivid prints in this reading ofThe Snow and the Sun, written and illustrated by Antonio Frasconi. After the reading, experiment with engraving to create multiple prints of your own!


Explore the real-life story of the Puerto Rican-American pediatrician and NJ-based poet William Carlos Williams as told through multimedia illustrations. Let the images and words inspire you to create your own poems and collages from a variety of your own found papers and other materials.​


Explore everyday family and community life in the Bahamas through paintings and poetry in a reading of Under the Sunday Tree, then create your own everyday scene or portrait in paint!.


More April Art & Storytime Events

Let's celebrate Earth Day with some special Art & Storytime books!

Magic Trash​​​​​​​​​​​​

Brown Bear, Brown Bear ​​​​​​​​​​​​​


​​April 9th is Paul Robeson’s Birthday! Let us celebrate his life and accomplishments with this beautiful poem written by Gwendolyn Brooks! 

Paul Robeson
Gwendolyn Brooks - 1917-2000

That time
we all heard it,
cool and clear,
cutting across the hot grit of the day.
The major Voice.
The adult Voice
forgoing Rolling River,
forgoing tearful tale of bale and barge
and other symptoms of an old despond.
Warning, in music-words
devout and large,
that we are each other’s
we are each other’s
we are each other’s
magnitude and bond.


More Poetry Month Events

Streamed Live from the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center
They Scream Cony

They Scream Cony

In celebration of National Poetry Month, residents throughout Middlesex County and beyond are invited to virtually attend an event featuring hip-hop “artist on the rise” and Middlesex County native, CONY. The performance will be followed by a short discussion on poetry, music, and mental health with Cony and his mentor, Lauren Balkan, program director and clinician at Pathways School Based Youth Services Program at Carteret High School.

Also Featuring
• DJ Webb
• Gideon Abadilla
• Ameerah Shabazz-poet, public school teacher and author of Breathing Through Concrete
• Germaine Brito on the trumpet

Recommended for ages 16+ due to content surrounding mental health issues.

This event is dedicated to the memory of Kenneth Armwood - Middlesex County Commissioner Deputy Director who recently passed on March 29th 2021. Armwood was a champion of the arts, a strong advocate for youth, and passionate hip hop fan. He was instrumental in the foundation of the Art Institute and especially in the planning and support of tonight’s event with CONY. Though he is not here in body, he is certainly with us all tonight in spirit.  Read more about this event and the artist in our press release.

"Not everyone has the access or ability to play an instrument. Not everyone can get the instruction needed to develop a classical approach, but everyone has a voice and a story to tell. Everyone has joys, pain, and challenges to process. Spoken word and hip hop are tools that everyone has access to- tools that allow us to share our stories and emotions. No matter where we grow up or what we have, hip hop allows us to transcend our limitations and connect through our shared experiences."
-Kenneth Armwood


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