Italian American Arts Festival

Watchung Arts Center

Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m.

This event is the culmination of more than a year of work. I have long been aware of the lopsided and misguided representation of Italian Americans in the media: a representation that is completely opposed to the people whom I know and love. Instead of whining and complaining  I decided to so something about it. I wanted to share the stories that speak to our experience and culture the way we are, not the way we are perceived.

When I shared this vision with the board of the Watchung Arts Center they were excited to get involved as they share a commitment to arts, culture and education. I deeply appreciate their commitment to this event, reaching out to the community around them and sharing the value of the arts 

This Festival celebrates the contributions of Italians and Italian Americans to the arts, especially literature and the visual arts. The day’s events will include readings by the five finalists from the Art Center’s Contest in Italian American Short Fiction; the winner will also be announced that day and awarded a $200 prize. Award-winning Italian American fiction writer, poet and essayist, Paola Corso, will read some of her own work at the Festival. An exhibit of artwork by painter Marc D’Agusto and photographer, Alexa Cuozzo will be presented in the downstairs Studio.

Tickets are $7 and include entry to the readings and art exhibition. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Delicious Heights of Berkeley Heights. You may purchase tickets via using PayPal from WAC’s  Ticket Reservation page. For more information call 908-753-0190 or click here to e-mail them.

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!