Press Release

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018

“Sights & Sounds” Inclusive Artwork on Display at the Union County Freeholders Gallery

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to present the Sights & Sounds Art Exhibit, featuring paintings by students in the Sights and Sounds program of the Arc of Union County.

The exhibit is located on the 6th floor of the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth and will be displayed through May 24, 2018. The gallery is open on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to showcase the artwork of Sights & Sounds students,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “The Sights and Sound exhibit provides members of the public with an opportunity to appreciate the universal powers of human creativity, expression, and communication, and it sends a strong message of support and inclusion to the whole community.”

The Freeholders Gallery provides a supportive exhibition space that provides the public with enriching exposure to Union County artists from a wide range of backgrounds, training and experience, along with exhibits featuring Union County history and culture.

The Arc of Union County is New Jersey’s largest provider of educational, recreational and support services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The agency’s Sights & Sounds program is designed to empower and support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with opportunities for personal expression, creative outlet and growth.

Chairman Granados’s “Moving Union County Forward” initiative for 2018 focuses on inclusion, diversity and empowerment. The initiative includes creation of the new Office for People with Special Needs, the first office of its kind in New Jersey. For more information on the Office for People with Special Needs contact Manuel Ramirez, Coordinator at mramirez@ucnj.org or 908-527-4781

The Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, part of the Department of Parks and Recreation, coordinates the exhibits displayed at the Freeholders Gallery.

For further information about this and other programs and services related to the arts and history in Union County, contact the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs at 908-558-2550 or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org. NJ Relay users may dial 711.

The Arc of Union County offers a wide range of programs for people of all ages. For more information, please visit arcunion.org or call 973-315-0000

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