April 20, 2007

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Free Workshop Will Explain “HEART Grant” Application Process for Non-Profit Groups, Artists & Historians, May 1

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce 2007 funding for the Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. Recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to the county’s quality of life and economy, this innovative program supports projects related to history, the arts and humanities, and demonstrates a commitment to the artists and non-profit organizations of Union County.

The application process for a HEART grant will be explained at a workshop for Union County non-profit organizations, individual artists and scholars. The workshop will be held on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Union County Annex, 300 North Avenue East, in Westfield. Although the workshop is free of charge, pre-registration is suggested.

“The response to the HEART Grant Program in past years has been exciting,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “The recipients are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – poets and writers, historians, painters, photographers, musicians and dancers – plus arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups.”

“The services provided by these artists, scholars and organizations directly benefit the residents of our county and increase appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities,” added Freeholder Kowalski, liaison to the Cultural and Heritage Programs Advisory Board.   “These cultural assets are a vital part of community life, well being, economic development and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.”

For additional information or to register for the HEART Grant workshop, contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs,
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202.  Telephone: (908) 558-2550.  Relay users dial 711, or E-mail: