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.

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

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

The Union County 2022 Senior Citizens’ Art Exhibit

An Exhibit at Trailside Nature & Science Center showcased 108 original artworks created by county residents age 60 and up.

Made possible by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Finding Beauty in a World of Chaos” Mixed Media by Michele Thompson, Union

Award-Winning Programs

The National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs. The Union County Department of Parks and Recreation 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. Displayed in several parks during 2021, the exhibit enabled viewers to glimpse the past while standing in some of the locations where the photographs were taken.