FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2008

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

 

Union County Awards Grants to Local Arts Groups

Fifty-four Union County organizations presenting arts programs will receive a total of $110,685 from the Fiscal Year 2008 Union County Arts Grant Program.

“That sum represents the major portion of the Local Arts Program grant of $185,268 awarded to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA),” said Freeholder Chairman Angel G. Estrada. “The remainder and a cash match provided by the Board of Chosen Freeholders will enable the Office to present the Teen Arts Program, the Senior Citizen Art Show, technical assistance workshops, and pay staff to present programs and services for the benefit of Union County artists, cultural organizations and residents.”

For the eleventh 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 Steve Runk, 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 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.

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 said.

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, 908-558-2550; email: culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ Relay users dial 711.

UNION COUNTY ARTS GRANT PROGRAM FY 2008 RECIPIENTS

CRANFORD

Dennis Jenkins
Celebration Singers
P.O. Box 14
Cranford, NJ 07016
973-446-2282
Popular music programs performed
by adult and children’s choruses.

$2,200

Karen Chamis
CDC Community Theatre
P. O. Box 511
Cranford, NJ 07016
908-276-7611
General operating support for
three theatrical productions.

$2,600

 

 

Adele Gilman
Cranford Housing Board
40 Meeker Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
908-272-9180
Musical stage show for seniors
by other seniors.

$1,125

Doug Brown
Rahway Valley Jerseyaires
805 Springfield Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07016
908-276-4547
Performing, preserving and expanding the quality of barbershop singing including a Youth Outreach Program.
$2,800

 

 

Jennifer Vriens
YWCA of Eastern Union County
P. O. Box 744
Cranford, NJ 07016
908-355-1500
Art classes for clients culminating in a display.
$2,200


ELIZABETH

Kathy Smith
Bridgeway
615 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07208
908-355-7886
Visual arts instruction from local
artists for beginning and
advanced artists.

$3,200

Joanne Oppelt
Community Access
80 West Grand Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-354-3040
Visual arts program with professional artist for adults and youth.
$2,150

 

 

Jessica Goldman
Elizabeth Coalition
to House the Homeless

118 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
908-355-2060
Theatre arts program for
children at center.

$1,700

Rod Spearman
Elizabethport Presbyterian Center
184 First Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07205
908-351-4850
Children’s workshops specializing in dance and drumming.
$2,250

 

 

Dorothy Key, Director
Elizabeth Public Library
11 S. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-354-6060
Series of adult and children’s programs.
$2,850

Jonathan Phillips
Groundwork Elizabeth
288 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
908-289-0262
Artistic signage project on
public historic River Trail.

$2,300

 

 

Betty Prezzy Bryant
Institute of Music for Children
780 Salem Avenue
Elizabeth, NJ 07205
908-352-5827
Playwrights Theatre presents performing arts residency for
youth at Summer Institute.

$1,300

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.

$2,700

 

 

Lorraine Brooks-Body
Urban League of Union County
288 N. Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
908-527-3911
Free programs in observance of Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
$1,350


FANWOOD

Holly Pedicone
Children’s Specialized Hospital
330 South Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023
908-301-2522
Multi-discipline enrichment program for children with disabilities.
$2,150


KENILWORTH

Dale Spindel
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
908-276-2451
Series of art programs including Hudson Shakespeare Company.
$1,050


LINDEN

Jennifer Stevenson
Linden Public Library
31 E.  Henry St.
Linden, NJ 07036
908-298-3830
Multi-disciplinary series of family-orientated cultural performances.
$1,450


MOUNTAINSIDE

Martin Sklar
August Symphony Orchestra
1001 Charles Street
Mountainside, NJ 07092
973-743-5425
Classical music concert presented in August for all audiences.
$1,500


NEW PROVIDENCE

James Keehbler
New Providence Public Library
377 Elkwood Avenue
New Providence, NJ 07974
908-665-0311
Multi-discipline programs for adults and children.
$1,050


PLAINFIELD

Lonzella Brice
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
P.O. Box 5259
Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-464-8463
Support Black History Month
program.
$1,000

Sharron Brown
City of Plainfield – Senior Citizens Service Center
305 E. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-753-3506
Visual art instruction for seniors culminating in a fine art exhibit.
$2,450

 

 

Alan G. GaNun
Crescent Concerts
716 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-756-2468
26th season concert series
of varied repertory.
$2,600

Frank Falotico
du Cret School of Art
1030 Central Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07063
908-757-7171
Consultant for needs assessment
and planning process.
$2,400

 

 

Bob Young
Friends of Jazz
601 West 7th Street, #5J
Plainfield, NJ 07061
908-755-1120
Instrumental music enrichment program
for community; creation of first
“Talent Probe.”

$2,550

Valeria E. Mehaffey
King’s Daughter’s Day School
502 W. Front Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-756-7788
Support instruction of model music teaching techniques for preschool teachers.
$1,500

 

 

Claudette Lanneaux
Plainfield Symphony
P.O. Box 5093
Plainfield, NJ 07060
718-729-8600
Series of performances of
classical symphonic music
featuring guest conductors.

$3,300

Rev. Jim Colvin
United Church of Christ
Congregational
220 West 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060
908-755-8658
“Rainbow Experience” musical
theater production.

$1,850


RAHWAY

Douglas Brautigam
Alliance Repertory Theatre Co.
Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ 07065
732-951-0229
Support production of “Boy’s Life” in partnership with NJ Theatre Alliance.
$2,000


SCOTCH PLAINS

Valerie Jackson
Central Jersey Alum -
Delta Sigma Theta

P.O. Box 636
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
732-422-8728
8th Annual Arts Delta Arts Festival.
$1,725

Asit K. Ray
Garden State Cultural Association
P.O. Box 308
Scotch Plains, NJ  07076
609-984-3688
East Indian-American cultural fall festival, “Durga Puja.”
$1,300

 

 

Nan Statton
Jewish Community Center
of Central NJ

1391 Martine Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-889-8800
Support a full day jazz festival designed for all ages open to
the public.

$1,250

Suba Parmar
Shubanjali School of
Performing Arts

7 Jenna Court
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
908-490-0732
Production of “Roopa Viroopa” featuring dancers and musicians.
$2,000


SPRINGFIELD

Mary Knight
Friends of Springfield
Public Library

66 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-376-4930
Series of high-quality first-run
foreign films.
$1,575

Emma Massey
Raritan Valley Chapter, The Links
108 High Point Drive
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-877-3103
A spring Black History Melange
of the Arts.
$1,475

 

 

Susan Permahos
Springfield Public Library
66 Mountain Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081
973-376-4930
Cultural arts programming for adults and children.
$1,400


SUMMIT

Sallie Glumb-Reinmund
Afternoon Music
4 Waldron Avenue
Summit, NJ 07090
908-558-2556
Chamber music concerts.
$1,550

Susan Bissett
Calvary Chorale
31 Woodland Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-277-1814
Concert series featuring chorus and orchestra.
$1,060

 

 

Cheryl Stoyle
Concord Singers
P.O. Box 242
Summit, NJ 07902
908-809-1702
Concert series celebrating
30 years of Concord Singers community.

$2,100

Jayne Graepel
Connection for Women
& Families

79 Maple Street
Summit, NJ 07901
908-273-4242
Dance Master series with free workshops and after school dance program for youth.
$2,450

 

 

Susan Peterson
NJ Intergenerational
Orchestra

31 Woodland Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-522-0100
Presenting the NJ Intergenerational Orchestra of seniors and students.
$3,600

Therese Perkins
Summit Chorale
P.O. Box 265
Summit, NJ 07902-0265
973-326-9232
Three choral concerts for adults and students and a holiday program.
$2,800

 

 

Michael Tcheyan
Summit Mayor’s Partnership
for the Arts

512 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-273-6400
Support year-round temporary
display of public sculpture in
public spaces.
$2,150

Laurie MacNeill Clancy
Summit Music Festival
23 Orchard Street
Summit, NJ 07901
908-232-4819
Performances of Brahms: A German Requiem with choir and orchestra.
$2,000

 

 

Carol E. Smith
Summit Symphony Orchestra
100 Morris Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
908-464-7215
Spring concert featuring Young Artist Competition for high school musicians.
$1,500


UNION

Linwood Bagby
Restore Ministries
551 Clubhouse Court #8
Union, NJ 07083
908-400-3293
Youth at-risk program utilizing
drama, music and writing.

$3,100

Jani Kovacs-Jonas
YM-YWHA/Union County
501 Green Lane
Union, NJ 07083
908-289-8112
Concert series “A History of Music from the 1930’s thru the 1960’s”
for all audiences.

$2,100


WESTFIELD

Johnny Wu
Chinese American Cultural Association
1723 Nevada St.
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-928-9704
Performances and classes in
Chinese and Western choral music.

$1,475

Ann Hoener
Choral Art Society
P.O. Box 2036
Westfield, NJ 07090
732-381-0441
A series of choral music concerts.
$2,150

 

 

Donald Mokrauer
Community Players of
Westfield

1000 North Avenue West
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-9135
Annual series of theatrical
productions.

$3,100

Dr. Barbara Thomson
First Congregational
Church of Westfield

125 Elmer Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-2494
“Mid-Day Musicales”
series of half-hour concerts.

$1,700

 

 

Trent Johnson
First United Methodist Church
One East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-4211
Support Oratorio Singers
annual choral concert.

$1,650

Valerie Pineda
New Jersey Workshop
for the Arts

150-152 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-789-9696
The Little Opera Company
family opera series.

$3,100

 

 

Monique Coleman-Tulloch
Temple Emanu-El of Westfield
“I Have a Dream”
756 East Broad Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
201-349-5074
Dance residency for
“I Have a Dream” After-School Program for Plainfield school.

$1,900

Gary Grimsley
United County Educational Services Commission
45 Cardinal Drive
Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-9317
Performing art classes for
students by NJ YouthTheatre.

$2,900