More than a dozen free classes and workshops will be offered as part of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s “Embodying the Dream Festival,” a celebration of the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at NJPAC’s Center for Arts Education at 24 Rector St., Newark.
Offerings will include:
• Dance Theatre of Harlem workshop.
• Liturgical dance workshop.
• “Celebrate the Dream through Dance,” with members of Carolyn Dorfman Dance.
• History of stepping workshop.
• Cabaret workshop: “Storytelling through Song.”
• “A Love Supreme: Jazz Music of the 1960s,” focusing on the work of John Coltrane.
• “DJ Workshop: Sampling from James Brown to Present.”
• “MLK to this Day,” looking at civil rights history as reflected by swing, hip-hop and other forms of music.
• “Community Art Project: I Dream a World,” making King’s legacy concrete by crafting with recycled objects.
• Civil rights storytelling.
• “Poetry and the Black Arts Movement,” featuring works by writers such as Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou and Lorraine Hansberry.
• “Talking Drum: Poetry Jam,” using “Martin’s Dream” as the theme.
For information visit NJPAC.org.