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 educational experiences for residents of all ages.

The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs is located in this historic Elizabeth building.

Programs and services provided include

  • arts programs such as Teen Arts, the Senior Art Exhibit, and Care for Caregivers
  • the Commissioners’ Gallery
  • history events and programs, such as Four Centuries in a Weekend
  • lectures focused on history, culture and poetry
  • publications about local history
  • funding opportunities through three grant programs

Award-Winning Programs

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs. Union County was recognized with a 2022 NACo Achievement Award for the traveling photo exhibit “100 Years of Union County Parks,” commemorating the 2021 Centennial of the Parks. Produced by the Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, the pop-up exhibit featured images from Union County’s archives, capturing the development and enjoyment of our parks.