Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 12, 2018

 

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is please to present artwork from the “Art from the HEART” fine arts program, now on display at the Freeholders Gallery through September 28. The public is invited to visit the Freeholders Gallery any time during regular business hours weekdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. It is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building, 10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth.

“Art from the HEART provides a way for seniors to express themselves creatively and share their unique views of the world with the public at large,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “The Freeholder Board is proud to support this program, which provides an enriching experience for seniors and the whole Union County community.”

The Art from the HEART exhibition is a partnership between the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and SAGE Eldercare, both located in Summit, and is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) grant from the Freeholder Board.  Additional funding is provided by individual donors.

The Art from the HEART program is celebrating its 18th year. Lead by art therapist Janice Patrignani, the program encourages self-expression, increases self-esteem, and helps keep participants’ minds active.

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is the state’s largest institution dedicated exclusively to viewing, making and learning about contemporary art, including a renowned studio art school and a full schedule programs and exhibitions. Its service mission includes a commitment to creating access to the arts for a range of constituents, from at-risk children and youth to people with special needs to senior adults. For more information visit artcenternj.org or call 908-273-9121.

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services. SAGE offers a wide range of programs and services that support seniors as they face the challenges of later stages in life. For more information, visit sageeldercare.org or call 908-273-5550.

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs coordinates the exhibits displayed at the Freeholders Gallery, as a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation. The Cultural and Heritage Affairs offices are located at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.

For more information about Art from the HEART and other programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, contact the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 (NJ relay users dial 711) or culturalinfo@ucnj.org, or visit online at ucnj.org/parks-recreation.

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For all Union County programs and services visit ucnj.org, call the Public Info Line, 877-424-1234, email info@ucnj.org or use the online Contact Form.

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