Tuckerton Seaport Delivers Folk Art Instruction to Homebound

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Jan 14, 2019
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For the second year in a row, the Tuckerton Seaport’s Jersey Shore Folklife Center presents the free Homebound Folk Arts program for residents of Ocean and Atlantic Counties who can’t get out into the community to enjoy performances, workshops or other cultural events.

The program is funded by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, according to local folk singer-songwriter and music educator Valerie Vaughn.

Eligible participants are adults of any age who have limited exposure to the arts due to physical or emotional disability.

In 2018, seven Ocean County residents had a resident artist from the Seaport come to their homes for four one-hour instructional visits. The coming year will serve nine residents.

Perhaps secluded in their homes due to restricted mobility, those who might benefit from the visitations don’t have an easy way to find out about the program, Vaughn explained. Fliers are handed out with Meals on Wheels deliveries, and caregivers and family members who read about it in the newspaper might act as facilitators.

The folk arts offerings for 2019 are basket making with Mary May; folk music with Vaughn; and decoy painting with Andrew Tonneson. From each, the participant will retain a keepsake: a handmade basket, a personalized original song, or a painted flattie decoy. The visiting artist will help with the work in every way to accommodate the participant’s abilities.

“A great emotional lift” is one benefit of having a visitor for sheer recreation and enrichment, apart from medical or home health aids.

The same program is available elsewhere in New Jersey through the Perkins Center in Moorestown and Wheaton Village.

For further information, contact Vaughn at 609-296-4089 or email talespinner11@hotmail.com. —V.F.

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