This fall, a range of public art programming will be featured at SACKtoberfest in Hackensack, New Jersey. This fun-filled festival of art, food, brew, and live music returns to Hackensack. The festivities, organized by The Sack Business Alliance and the City of Hackensack.
ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern NJ Community Foundation, will present these three public art programs around the theme of storytelling:
1. Community Tiled Mural. 3:30-5:30 p.m. co-LAB Arts, a nonprofit with a mission to engage artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work, will collaborate with Hackensack-based mural artist Amrisa Niranjan to design a mural that will be cut into tiles. Festival participants will actively participate in the development of the mural by sharing their own 'Main Street moments' on the tiles. The mural image, along with participants’ stories, will be unveiled, as the tiles are pieced together. A photo of the finished mural and the stories will be incorporated into the 'Stories on Main Story Map' on The SACK's website.
2. 'Stories on Main Street' Docuseries. 4:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Two public showings of the series will be presented inside the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (HACPAC), located at 102 State Street. Watch the inspirational stories of immigrant business owners Domenico and Marco Daniele from Coffee Break, Nelfita Rodas from Colombia Bakery Factory, Yusef and Tugce Ural from El Turco Grill, and Aida Yungasaca from Colombia Fashion LLC. Award-winning filmmaker Dana Glazer filmed and produced the four, five-minute documentaries spotlighting immigrants, who own and run a business on Main Street in Hackensack, New Jersey.
The docuseries is a project supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
3. 'The Hacktivator'. 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Two sets of actors will perform a participant-prompted comedy improv and 'mad lib stories' for participants activating the Hacktivator booth. Confirmed actors scheduled to appear are Howdy Stranger and Claire Porter. SACKtoberfest attendees will be invited to activate the 'Hacktivator' and watch the actors create a personal comedy performance just for them.
Howdy Stranger, winner of the New York City Tournament of Improvisers, presents professional improvisation comedy shows and classes in New Jersey. Award-winning choreographer, performer, and writer Claire Porter of Portables is known for her comedic text-movement dances and her skilled teaching.
This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Historic & Cultural Affairs from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Alfred N. Sanzari Family Foundation.
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