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

  • 2015 Conversations on Race: Facing Everyday RacismMar 4th 2015

    We welcome Professor Michael Jeffries, author of Paint the White House Black: Barack Obama & the Meaning of Race in America to lead our community discussion of unintentional expressions of bias and prejudice. This year’s forum will help us all come to terms with daily experiences of bias and stereotyping that are more subtle than the language of traditional, overt racism.

  • 2nd Annual Cultural Heritage FestivalMar 3rd 2015

    Celebrate the many cultures of our beloved community with this entertaining festival that includes live performances, activities, food, and dancing. Perfect for the entire family. Saturday, June 6th, 11-5, Maplewood Memorial Park

  • South Orange Middle School Student Panel on RaceMar 2nd 2015

    “How do we experience race in the United States and in our community? A conversation about perceptions, stereotypes, and social acceptance” was the topic of a panel presentation and discussion designed for 8th graders at SOMS. Organized by Social Studies teacher Kim Dordoni, the panel included students from CHS & SOMS, teachers, and Coalition on Race Executive Director Nancy Gagnier

  • Two Towns-Many Stories: Reading TogetherMar 2nd 2015

    We’re reading Toni Morrison and Junot Diaz short stories together this spring! Two Towns –One Book is part of the Integration through the Arts Program that brings residents of this racially and otherwise diverse community together around shared interests.

  • Birdhouses Reflect Cultural HeritageMar 1st 2015

    Tell your family heritage story through the centuries-old practice of using gourds that are enhanced by the individual artist.