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Professional Development and Networking Luncheon

  • December 06, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Wheaton Arts, 1000 Village Drive, Millville, NJ 08332


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Join your museum colleagues and friends from around the state on December 6, 2019 for a networking luncheon and professional development workshop at the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville, New Jersey.


12 Noon: Networking Lunch

1 PM: Professional Development Workshop: Organizing Community Folklife Projects” with Dr. Iveta Pirgova, Director of Folklife and Cultural Studies, Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

2:-3PM: Tour Embroidered Stories: Hmong Fiber Arts Exhibit & Visit the Studio Sale


Location: WheatonArts, 1000 Village Drive, Millville, NJ 08332

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center is a non-profit arts education organization located in Millville, New Jersey with a mission is to engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity. It is home to the Down Jersey Folklife Center, the largest folklife program in the state, which presents programming based on research and original fieldwork, including exhibitions, demonstrations by artists/tradition bearers, performances, festivals, classes, training for educators and interns, lectures and seminars. These programs raise awareness of cultural heritages and create a welcoming community setting for understanding, appreciating, and sharing the arts and cultures of our region’s extraordinarily diverse population.

Iveta Pirgova, Ph.D.

Dr. Pirgova graduated from the Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria with a Master’s in Literature and Folklore and received her Ph.D. in Folklore and Performance Studies from the Institute of Folklore of the Bulgarian Academy of Science. In 2000 Dr. Pirgova became the Director of Folklife and Cultural Studies at WheatonArts, overseeing the Down Jersey Folklife Center which is the largest folklife program in the state of New Jersey. There she has worked with more than 50 different ethnic communities, curating over 24 exhibitions, 7 festivals and more than 400 performances, workshops and classes. She also teaches regular courses in Cultural Anthropology and Cultural Diversity at Cumberland County College and is actively involved with the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV World).  

Embroidered Stories: Hmong Fiber Arts

Through December 31 in the Down Jersey Folklife Center

The exhibition features paj ntaub artworks and jewelry created by Hmong master artist and teacher, Pang Xiong Sirirathasuk Sikoun. The Hmong words paj ntaub (pronounced pa ndau) translate to “flowery cloth,” describing a combined use of appliqué, reverse appliqué, batik, and embroidery techniques to decorate traditional Hmong clothing. Many of Pang Xiong’s paj ntaub works are created as “story cloths.” These visual representations of the Hmong oral history, folklore and life experiences are both educational and inspiring.

WheatonArts Holiday Studio Sale

November 29 through December 8 in the Event Center

Get your pick of WheatonArts Glass Studio prototypes, seconds and overstocks, glass by Melanie Guernsey Leppla and David Leppla, along with a wide selection of pottery by WheatonArts’ artist Terry Plasket and our WheatonArts Ceramic Studio Artists at discounts of 30 to 70 percent OFF original prices.

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