March 9, 2007

CONTACT: Seb D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tom Plante, 908-527-4746


Union County Receives Funds from N.J. Council on Arts --
Awards Arts Grants to Local Organizations

Fifty-three Union County organizations presenting arts programs will receive a total of $105,350 from the Fiscal Year 2007 Union County Arts Grant Program.

“That sum represents the majority of the Local Arts Program grant of $165,418 awarded to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA),” said Freeholder Chairwoman, Bette Jane Kowalski. “The remainder and a cash match provided by the Board of Chosen Freeholders will enable the Office to present technical assistance workshops, the Teen Arts Program and the Senior Citizen Art Show, and pay staff to present programs and services for the benefit of Union County artists, cultural organizations and residents.”

For the tenth consecutive year, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts designated the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs as a Major Service Organization. According to David Miller, NJSCA Executive Director, designation as a “Major Service Organization” singles out the Office as one of the “anchor institutions that contribute vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey” and recognizes its “solid history of service excellence, substantial activity and broad public service.” The Office’s Local Arts Program application also received a “Certificate of Excellence.” This distinction commends the Office for exhibiting the highest standards of excellence in its artistry, operations, governance and public benefit.

In addition to the Local Arts Program grant, the NJSCA also awarded the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs funding in two other categories. A Special Projects grant in the amount of $10,150 supports the “Arts and Well-Being” Initiative, a co-sponsorship with the Mental Health Association of Union County, which presents an annual conference. The Office also received $5,000 to manage the New Jersey State Senior Citizen Art Show and Contest, a co-sponsored project with the NJSCA.

Clara Fernandez, Chair of the Union County Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board, explained the Union County Arts Grant process. She noted that the applications from local organizations wishing to present arts activities are initially evaluated by professional panels and then are reviewed by an Arts Grant Committee in a highly competitive process before being acted upon by the entire Advisory Board. “We are very excited by the quality and variety of programs available to county residents through these programs,” Ms. Fernandez stated.

To inquire about the Union County Arts Grant program or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities through the Office, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550; e-mail: NJ Relay users dial 711.


FY07 Awardees are listed by municipality.


Dennis Jenkins
Celebration Singers
P.O. Box 14
Cranford, NJ 07016
Popular music programs performed by adult and children’s choruses - $2,175

Roger Hayden
CDC Community Theatre
P. O. Box 511
Cranford, NJ 07016
General operating support for three theatrical productions. - $2,550

Adele Gilman
Cranford Housing Board
40 Meeker Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Musical stage show for seniors by other seniors- $1,100

Doug Brown
Rahway Valley Jerseyaires
805 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
Performing, preserving and expanding the quality of barbershop singing including a Youth Outreach Program - $2,750


Kathy Smith
615 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
Visual arts instruction from local artists for beginning and advanced artists – $3,150

Joanne Oppelt
Community Access
80 West Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Visual arts program with Artsgenesis for adults and youth - $2,150

Kathleen Pergentile
Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless
118 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Theatre arts  program for children at center. - $1,700

Rod Spearman
Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
184 First Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07205
Children’s workshops specializing in dance and drumming - $2,200

Dorothy Key, Director
Elizabeth Public Library
11 So. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Series of adult and children’s programs  - $2,800

Oceola Bragg
Housing Authority of Elizabeth
688 Maple Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
Multi-discipline after-school arts program. - $2,200

Tom Beck
Jewish Family Service
655 Westfield Avenue
Elizabeth NJ 07208
Provide artistic multi-discipline opportunities to senior citizens (NORC program). - $2,100

James Horne
United Way of Greater Union County
33 W. Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908- 353-7171
Arts education program for Pre-K children. - $2,600

Lorraine Brooks-Body
Urban League of Union County
288 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
Free programs in observance of Black History
Month and Women’s History Month - $1,275

Jennifer Vriens
YWCA of Eastern Union County
1131 E. Jersey Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Art classes for clients culminating in a display - $2,100


Holly Pedicone
Children’s Specialized Hospital
330 South Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023
908- 301-2522
Multi-discipline enrichment program for children with disabilities - $2,050


Betty Prezzy Bryant
Institute of Music for Children
780 Salem Avenue
Hillside, NJ 07205
Multi-discipline arts program for youth. - $1,275


Dale Spindel
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Three part series including drama, performances and storytelling - $1,000


Jennifer Stevenson
Linden Public Library
31 E. Henry St.
Linden, NJ 07036
Multi-disciplinary series of family-orientated cultural performances - $1,450

Vita Greco
Mystic Vision Players
14 Melrose Terrace
Linden, NJ 07036
General operating support for theatrical programs in Union County. - $1,700


James Keehbler
New Providence Public Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
Multi-discipline programs for adults and children. - $1,000


Mylene Brown
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
P.O. Box 5259
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Support Black History Month program – $1,000

Dorothy Lee-Murray
Central Jersey Alumnae Assoc.-Delta Sigma Theta
P. O. Box 2901
Plainfield, NJ 07062
8th Annual Arts Melange Festival. - $1,700

Sharron Brown
City of Plainfield – Senior Citizens Service Center
305 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Visual art instruction for seniors culminating in a fine art exhibit - $2,400

Alan G. GaNun
Crescent Concerts
716 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
24th season concert series of varied repertory. - $2,550

Bob Young
Friends of Jazz
601 West 7th Street #5J
Plainfield, NJ 07061
Instrumental music enrichment program for disabled youth and the community - $2,550

Valeria E. Mehaffey
The King’s Daughters Day School
502 W. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Support instruction of model music teaching techniques for preschool teachers - $1,500

Olive Lynch
New Jersey Concert Opera
957 Central Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Concert celebrating 50th Anniversary of “West Side Story” -- $2,000

Claudette Lanneaux
Plainfield Symphony
P. O. Box 5093
Plainfield, NJ 07060
Series of performances of classical symphonic music - $3,200

Rev. Jim Colvin
United Church of Christ Congregational
220 West 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
“Rainbow Experience” musical theater production - $1,700


Asit K. Ray c/o Chatterjee
Garden State Cultural Association
P. O. Box 308
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
East Indian-American cultural fall festival, “Durga Puja” - $1,275

Nan Statton
Jewish Community Center of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Support music and art programs for senior citizens - $1,000


Mary Knight
Friends of Springfield Public Library
66 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Series of high-quality first run foreign films - $1,550

Emma Massey
Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links
108 High Point Road
Springfield, NJ 07081
A spring Black History Melange of the Arts – $1,450

Susan Permahos
Springfield Public Library
66 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
Cultural arts programming for adults and children - $1,350


Sallie Glumb-Reinmund
Afternoon Music
4 Waldron Avenue
Summit, NJ 07090
Chamber music concerts - $1,450

James Little
Calvary Chorale
31 Woodland Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Concert series featuring chorus and orchestra - $1,025

Debra Boyman
Concord Singers
P. O. Box 242
Summit, NJ 07974
Concert series celebrating 30 years of Concord Singers community - $2,050

Jayne Graepel
Connection for Women & Families
79 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901
Dance Master Class series with free workshops & after school dance program for youth - $2,400

Susan Peterson
N J Intergenerational Orchestra
31 Woodland Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Presenting the NJ Intergenerational Orchestra of seniors and students - $3,450

Therese Perkins
Summit Chorale
P. O. Box 265
Summit, NJ 07902-0265
Three choral concerts for adults and students, and holiday program - $2,700

Michael Tcheyan
Summit Mayor’s Partnership for the Arts
512 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Support year-round temporary display of public sculpture in public spaces - $2,100

Carol E. Smith
Summit Symphony Orchestra
5 Myrtle Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Concert with Pro Arte Chorale - $1,450


Linwood Bagby
Restore Ministries
551 Clubhouse Court #8
Union, NJ 07083
Youth at-risk program utilizing drama, music and writing - $3,050

Jani Kovacs-Jonas
YM-YWHA/Union County
501 Green Lane
Union, NJ 07083
Concerts and music instruction with NJ Workshop for the Arts- $2,000


Johnny Wu
Chinese American Cultural Assn.
1723 Nevada St.
Westfield, NJ 07090
Performances and classes in Chinese and Western choral music - $1,450

Ann Hoener
Choral Art Society
P. O. Box 2036
Westfield, NJ 07090
A series of choral music concerts - $2,050

Donald Mokrauer
Community Players of Westfield
1000 North Avenue, West
Westfield, NJ 07090
Annual series of theatrical productions - $2,950

Mary Jackson
Family Support Organization of Union County
137 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Creative writing and theatre arts by Playwrights Theatre for youth with special needs - $2,000

Dr. Barbara Thomson
First Congregational Church of Westfield
125 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
“Mid-Day Musicales” series of half-hour concerts - $1,650

Trent Johnson
First United Methodist Church
One East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Support Oratorio Singers annual choral concert - $1,500

Valerie Pineda
New Jersey Workshop for the Arts
150-152 E. Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
The Little Opera Company family opera series - $2,850

Gary Grimsley
United County Educational Serv. Commission
45 Cardinal Drive
Westfield, NJ 07090
Performing art classes for students by WYACT. - $2,800

Thelma Smith
Westfield Community Center
558 W. Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Keyboard instruction for after school children program - $1,875