Cultural & Heritage Affairs

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs promotes and develops public interest and participation in the arts and local, county and state history, and ensures that all residents have the opportunity to share in and benefit from the rich multi-cultural arts, history and historic resources in Union County.

Activities enhance quality of life, economic development, community revitalization, growth of cultural-heritage tourism and enhanced educational experiences for residents of all ages.

Programs and services provided include publications, arts events, history events, and funding opportunities through three grant programs.

Annual Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit

The Union County 2020 Senior Citizens’ Virtual Art Exhibit showcases more than 120 original artworks created by county residents aged 60 and above.

Awards were designated by a panel of professional artist-jurors. Entries awarded First Place represent Union County in the New Jersey Senior Art Show, on view at


The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs was recognized with a 2020 NACo Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation, for the program “Engaging Children in Our History.” This program includes:


  • Postcards to send to friends & family 
  • Stereoscopes to view century-old 3D photos 
  • Battle of the Short Hills Foosball table
  • Instagram selfie frames
  • Selfie frames for posing with Alexander Hamilton or Margaret Bourke-White
  • Cycling routes to visit historic county sites
  • Audio tour of the Deserted Village
  • Audio tour of historic midtown Elizabeth (Elizabethtown)
  • Trading cards about historic sites