FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 19, 2007

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

 

Union County Awards 35 “HEART” Grants

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that thirty-five local groups and artists will receive a total of $75,000 through the 2007 Union County HEART Grant Program (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands).

Recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life, the Union County Freeholders established the HEART Grant Program in 1998. This innovative program supports projects related to history, the arts and humanities, and demonstrates a commitment to the artists and community organizations of Union County. The total funding for 2007 is $75,000.

“The response to the HEART Grant Program has been exciting since its inception,” 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.”

Artists, educators and organizations that want information about next year’s HEART Grant Program can contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202. Telephone: (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711, or E-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.

Awardees for the 2007 Union County “HEART” Grant Program:

 

Dario Scholis, Elizabeth
Garland Boothe, Westfield
Hubert Reeder, Plainfield
Terry Scutro, Roselle Park
Arts Guild of Rahway
Catholic Charities/Engel Senior Day Care Center
City of Summit/Mayor’s Partnership for the Arts
Cranford Historical Society
duCret School of Art, Plainfield
Elizabeth Avenue Partnership
Groundwork Elizabeth
Jefferson Park Ministries, Elizabeth
Jersey Central Art Studios, Cranford
Jewish Community Center of Central NJ, Scotch Plains
Kenilworth Historical Society
Literacy Volunteers of Union County, Plainfield
Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark
Mystic Vision Players, Linden
National Council of Jewish Women, UC Section, Eliz.
Occupational Center of Union County, Roselle
Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation
Plainfield Public Library
Plainfield Tower West
Playhouse Association, Summit
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit
Restore Ministries, Union
Roselle Public Library
Second Street Youth Center Foundation, Plainfield
The August Symphony Orchestra, Mountainside
Theater Project/Union County College
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit
Westfield Symphony Orchestra
Women in Conversation, Plainfield
Art in the Gardens, Elizabeth, through C&H Affairs
Four Centuries in a Weekend 2007, through C&H Affairs

TOTAL

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1,000.00
1,000.00
500.00
1,000.00
2,500.00
990.00
2,400.00
1,000.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
1,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
1,000.00
2,500.00
1,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
1,000.00
2,237.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
1,000.00
1,500.00
2,500.00
2,250.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,500.00
2,623.00
7,500.00

75,000.00