FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2009

 

 

Union County Hosts Free Artists-In-Education Workshops, Dec. 16

 

SUMMIT, NJ – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce that two free technical assistance workshops for schools and individual artists will be offered in Summit on Wednesday evening, December 16th.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA), will present the free workshops on how to apply for  the Artists-In-Education (AIE) Residency Grant Program offered by the NJSCA and how to apply for the AIE Teaching Roster of the NJSCA. The distinction between the two workshops is that one is for schools to apply for a residency grant and the other is for artists to apply to join the NJSCA’s artist roster. There will be a general introduction session before the workshops and then the participants will break into their specific groups.

 “This is an excellent opportunity for schools – public, private or parochial – serving grades Pre-K through 12th grade to learn about applying for a residency grant allowing the school to fulfill its goals for curriculum, professional development and community connections through the arts,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “It also is an opportunity for individual artists and arts organizations to learn about becoming an approved artist-in-residence in educational settings.”

Detailed information will be presented regarding the eligibility and application process for schools to apply for the AIE program and for professional artists of all disciplines to join the roster to lead residencies varying in length from 5-20 days in classrooms throughout the state. The workshops will take place Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center of Summit, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs is presenting the workshops, which are funded in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

There is no charge for the workshops but registration is recommended. To register or to learn about other programs, services and volunteer opportunities through the Office, please contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202. Telephone (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711. The e-mail address is culturalinfo@ucnj.org. Assistive services are available on request in advance.