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Union County Awards 38 “HEART” Grants
ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders has announced that 38 local groups and artists will receive a total of $75,000 through the 2009 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 2009 is $75,000.
“The response to the HEART Grant Program has been exciting since its inception,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “The recipients are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – composers 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,” Freeholder Mirabella added. “These cultural assets are a vital part of community life, well being, economic development and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.”
Artists, educators, civic and historical 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 send E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Union County HEART Grants Approved 2009 (Total $75,000)
Sandra Frank, Westfield: $980, presenting musical performance and education at Cedar Brook senior residence.
Diane Kurz, Roselle Park: $1,000, presenting a Broadway Sing-along musical.
Connie Pinkowski, Fanwood: $1,000, presenting an after school photography program.
Kenny Sack, Summit: $1,000, presenting interactive children’s music and theater.
Candace Waller, Fanwood: $700, presenting an African-American dance workshop and performance.
Arts Guild of Rahway: $2,500, presenting an arts education program for pre-K students.
Borough of Fanwood: $1,000, presenting the Fanwood Cultural Arts performance series.
Borough of New Providence Community Activities: $1,000, providing live music at the New Providence Music & Art Street Festival.
Brand New Day, Elizabeth: $2,500, presenting traditional Caribbean music and dance workshops.
Casa of Union County, Elizabeth: $2,500, presenting “Speaking Truth through Art” workshops for counselors.
Catholic Charities/Engel’s Center, Cranford: $1,000, presenting visual art workshops for senior citizens.
City of Rahway: $2,000, hire musicians for “First Thursday” Arts District performances.
Continuo Arts Foundation, Westfield: $2,500, presenting choral master classes and performance for students and adults.