Young Audiences Launches Arts EdVenture A New School Field Trip Festival Celebrating New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary

Known for bringing amazing performers and educational programs to hundreds of thousands of children all over the region, Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) is proud to announce a brand--‐new, interactive festival that celebrates New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary – Arts EdVenture! This festive outdoor cultural event will celebrate New Jersey’s remarkable history and amazing contributions to INNOVATION, DIVERSITY, AND LIBERTY and will feature curriculum--- connected experiences for elementary school students from grades three to six. The festival will take place on May 28th and 29th at Kip’s Castle in Verona, NJ and on June 4th and 5th in our State Capital, Trenton, NJ.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our programming to provide educational school field trips for students in New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.  The importance of arts and creativity as a critical part of education for every child is evident now more than ever,” said Larry Capo, President & CEO of YA. “As the leading provider of arts education in our region, Young Audiences is always looking for ways to reach more children with quality arts experiences. This festival is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about the rich history of New Jersey and develop the creative, innovative skills they’ll need to succeed in life,” added Capo.

Festival activities will be directly connected to the history of New Jersey and align to the social studies curriculum.  The highlight of the festival will be three thirty-minute presentations on three stages; each stage representing one of the festival’s themes of Liberty, Innovation and Diversity.  Between performances, students will have a chance to dance, sing, and interact with historical figures, played by first person interpreters, and participate in historic arts and crafts activities.  Highlights will include New Jersey’s role in the revolutionary war, significant innovators like Thomas Edison and scientists like Albert Einstein, and New Jersey’s rich artistic diversity illustrated by a variety of artists.

According to Americans for the Arts, “Studies indicate that field trips are a key component of school instruction; they broaden the educational experience and make a subject more relevant.  Students might be good at reciting and remembering things but they often don’t make the connection unless they experience it first hand. Field trips connect the dots for students by providing real experiences related to all content areas.  Field trips enrich and expand the curriculum, strengthen observation skills by immersing children into sensory activities, increase children’s knowledge in a particular subject area and expand children’s awareness of their own community.”

This festive outdoor celebration will feature curriculum-connected experiences for children in grades 3-6 and will include:

  • Liberty Stage – Discover the critical role New Jersey played in the Revolutionary War from the great General George Washington & also join Harriet Tubman as she tells amazing stories about New Jersey’s vital role in the Underground Railroad.  An amazing gripping tales of liberty and the importance of defending our freedom.


  • Innovation Stage – Engage with those influential innovators from New Jersey, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein, in a fun and exciting production which celebrates the inventiveness of some of our state’s most influential innovators.


  • Diversity Stage – Celebrate the diversity of our state through incredible music, dance, and spoken word as Young Audiences’ artists share some amazing traditions of the cultures of New Jersey and encourage students to share their families’ history and roots.


  • Cultural Village – students will participate in a variety of activities like painting, quilting, crafting and “meeting”historical NJ figures like Walt Whitman,Molly Pitcher, Carlos Williams, Paul Robeson, Alice Paul, Joseph Campbell, or David Sarnoff.


  • Souvenirs – students and teachers receive souvenir booklets that will include a variety of activities and resources designed to enhance learning in the classroom and at home.  Students will also have an opportunity to purchase souvenirs as a keepsake of their memorable day with Arts EdVenture.


Festival Dates

May 28 & 29, 2014
Kip's Castle
Verona, NJ
(Rain Date – May 30)
June 4 & 5, 2014
New Jersey State Museum
Trenton, NJ
(Rain Date – June 6)

Young Audiences encourages interested schools to learn more at or by contacting Programming Director Donna Reckelhoff at 609-243-9000 or at

Date of Event: 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 9:30am to Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 11:30am
Multiple Locations
United States

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