Cultural Heritage Festival 2014 Sponsored by the South Orange / Maplewood Community Coalition on Race ITA

Why Integration?

Our vision is to achieve and sustain the benefits of a thriving, racially integrated and truly inclusive community that serves as a model for the nation.

Many communities are diverse; few are integrated. Diversity may find people of different races and ethnicities living near each other, but integration finds them living with each other—interacting, forming friendships, participating fully in the community’s economic, political, civic, and cultural life. Read More...

South Orange/Maplewood Video

Two Towns, One Community

South Orange and Maplewood are…
    • adjoining suburbs with tree-lined streets and good schools
    • 29 minutes from NYC by train
    • full of parks and recreation
    • arts and culture destinations
    • graced by historic buildings and homes
    • one community where everyone is welcome!

What people find here is a small town feel with the conveniences and cachet of cosmopolitan living. There are 17 beautiful parks with ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, jogging paths, great sledding, and each town has a community pool. Both towns border the South Mountain Reservation—a 2020 acre preserve with hiking and biking trails. Residents refer to the down-towns of South Orange and Maplewood each quaintly as 'The Village.' Take the train to either of 'The Villages' to visit our wonderful stores, restaurants, arts centers, and take a walk through our neighborhoods to see the range and beauty of our homes!

News & Events

  • The ‘Celebrating Integration’ Annual Dinner is October 10th!Aug 12th 2015

    This year’s theme is ‘Unity in Diversity.’ We are pleased to announce that our honorees for 2015 are Joan Lee, Marc Morial, and Perry Fine. Read more here for dinner and sponsorship details!

  • We Hosted Our First Integrated Playgroup!Aug 11th 2015

    The Integrated Play Group brings together children of ages 6 months to 5 years and their parents in an inclusive, relaxed, fun setting.

  • Cultural Competency Training Lauded in News-Record LetterAug 11th 2015

    The Schools Committee hosted a professional development workshop on cultural competency in 2014 that led to administrative training in multicultural education. The Coalition provided two scholarships for further training in multicultural education that inspired Principal of Clinton School Patricia O’Neill to call for more and deeper training for all teachers and administrators in our district.

  • We Are Taking Registrations for the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute Now!Aug 2nd 2015

    Find out more here about this set of professional workshops that will help you become a great volunteer and bring new skills to your job.

  • Two Towns in Harmony-The RemixJul 11th 2015

    Save the date for this amazing community music event! As part of our Essex County Local Arts grant for 2015, the Integration through the Arts committee has designed a tribute to the 2005 Two Towns in Harmony event–Saturday, November 14th, 7 pm