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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2012

ESSEX COUNTY EXECUTIVE DIVINCENZO PRESENTS
MICRO-GRANTS TO 52 COMMUNITY ARTS AND HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS

Grant Funding Will Help Promote Cultural Arts,
Economic Development and Historic Preservation

 

 

 

Newark, NJ – Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced that $125,575 in 2012 Essex County Local Arts and History Grants were presented to 52 local community arts and history organizations during an awards ceremony on Thursday, February 9th in the Essex County Cherry Blossom Welcome Center in Essex County Branch Brook Park. The local grants are funded through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the history grants are funded through the New Jersey Historical Commission. The Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs administers the programs on the local level.

“Essex County is very fortunate to have very active cultural arts and historic preservation groups that work diligently to provide quality, first-class programming and preserve important reminders about our local history. These projects contribute to our quality of life, build pride among our residents, raise awareness about the treasures found in our neighborhoods and attract visitors to our downtown areas and historic sites,” DiVincenzo said. “While not large in amount, these micro-grants help support the goals and initiatives of our local non-profit agencies and can be helpful to leverage with funding from other sources,” he pointed out.

“When we are talking about arts and history, it’s not a one-dimensional discussion. The impact your organizations have on the community – in the areas of education, economic development and leisure – are great,” NJ State Senator and Essex County Deputy Chief of Staff Teresa Ruiz said. “Look around this room. This is a diverse gathering of organizations that help make Essex County the cornerstone of cultural arts in New Jersey,” she pointed out.

“The programming presented by these groups is outstanding and contributes greatly to all our lives. I want to congratulate all the grant recipients for the great job they do,” Freeholder Vice President Patricia Sebold said.

Essex County awarded $113,575 in arts grants to 45 cultural arts organizations that represent a broad cross section of the local arts community. Municipalities, public libraries, college groups, houses of worship, theater groups, homeless shelters, community development corporations, and theater and choral organizations received grants ranging from $500 to $4,400. The City of Orange, Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center and the South Orange Symphony Orchestra each received $500 grants while the largest grant of $4,400 was awarded to the Youth Orchestras of Essex County. Agencies will use the funding for a variety of programs, including exposing and raising awareness of the arts to young people; offering a weekly visual arts program for senior citizens; supporting concerts, operas, poetry readings and theater productions; bridging cultural differences by engaging the public in community events; and supporting the First Night celebration in Maplewood/South Orange. Essex County received a $6,500 grant to administer and monitor the program. A complete list of award recipients can be found in the attached charts.

Essex County awarded $12,000 in history grants to seven organizations that include public libraries, historical societies and a park conservancy. These awards range in size from $500 for the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission to publish a bi-annual newsletter to $3,000 for the Montclair Historical Society to conduct research on the Israel Crane House. Public libraries in East Orange, Glen Ridge and Nutley are receiving grants to preserve history books and high school yearbooks through digitalization.

The Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs oversees Riker Hill Art Park, an artist colony where 42 artists in residence thrive; Kip’s Castle Park, which is the headquarters for the Division; the Annual Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series; and the Annual Historic Holiday House Tour. The Division helps promote the regional arts industry through various outreach programs, workshops and public relations initiatives.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system established in the United States. The Park System consists of more than 6,000 acres and has 20 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, three off-leash dog facilities, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens.

 

2012 Local History Program Grants

Organization, Program, Amount

Branch Brook Park Alliance, Newark, Supports lecture series about Essex County Branch Brook Park, $1,500

East Orange Public Library, Digitization of East Orange High School yearbooks (1902-2002), $2,000

Glen Ridge Public Library, Digitization of 100-year collection of Glen Ridge High School yearbooks, $2,000

Montclair Historical Society, Research and planning for the expansion of the interpretation of the Israel Crane House, $3,000

Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, Supports the production and distribution of bi-annual newsletter, $500

Newark Public Library, Supports exhibition and lecture series for the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, $2,000

Nutley Free Public Library, Digitization of 12 local history books and support for lecture series about Nutley’s city planning, $1,000

Local History Program Grants Total, $12,000

 

2012 Local Art Program Grants

Organization, Program, Amount

Academy Street Firehouse, Newark, Provide theater arts program for HIV-affected youth, $4,250

Arts ETC, Newark, Support marketing for art and culture programs, $1,020

Belleville Public Library and Information Center, Present 10-week “Music Together” early childhood program, $1,275

Bethany Baptist Church, Newark, Support the Sacred Music Institute, $1,275

BRAVO Alliance of Performing Artists, Inc., Livingston, Support an opera vocal competition and concert, $700

Caldwell College Music Department, Caldwell, Present two one-act operas with orchestra and chorus and a free concert for local school groups, $3,400

Caldwell Merchants Association, Support one-day “Art on the Avenue” outdoor display, $595

City of Orange Township, Support free, multi-cultural, summer concert series in Essex County Monte Irvin Orange Park, $500

Coro D-Italia, Montclair, Support an 80th anniversary concert with a multi-media show, folk dancing, choral and instrumental selections, $850

Council for the Arts of the Livingston Area, Support Art at the Oval, a juried outdoor fine art and craft exhibit and sale, $850

East Orange Public Library, Offer monthly poetry readings, $3,655

Essex Chorale, East Orange, Present free performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” $3,400

First Night, Maplewood-South Orange, Offer alcohol-free New Year’s Eve program with music, poetry, song and dance, $1,700

Fourth Wall Musical Theatre, Inc., Upper Montclair, Produce original and lesser known musicals and plays, $3,825

Garden State Concert Band, Inc., Bloomfield, Provide administrative support, $4,250

Jewish Service for Developmentally Disabled, West Orange, Create venue for students with disabilities to study with dancers and drummers to present a live performance, $4,250

Lennie Pierro Memorial Arts Foundation, South Orange, Develop website and educational curriculum for Tony Smith’s sculpture “Tau,” $3,400

Livingston Community Players, Produce a fully staged musical theater production, $1,700

Livingston Public Library, Present 10 public music programs for senior citizens, $1,870

Livingston Symphony Orchestra, Present 4 free concerts, including one children’s concert, $3,700

Midtown Direct Rep, Maplewood, Support development and presentation of theatre works, $4,250

Montclair Community Pre-K, Provide arts education program for Pre-K students, $4,250

Montclair Operetta Club, Inc., Support two musical productions, $2,550

Montclair International Film Festival, Support for the 2012 Cinema Montclairismo film series, $3,400

Mosaic Dance Theater Company, Glen Ridge, Support two dance productions featuring pieces from Mediterranean countries, $1,700

New Jersey Arts Collective, Belleville, Support live performances of music, dance and theater, $4,250

Nu City Corps/Spirit of Newark, Support marching percussion unit, $1,275

Nutley Public Library, Support “Creativity in 3D Film” screening and discussion of short films, $1,700

Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center, Support “Music at the Mansion,” $500

Oratorio Society of NJ, Montclair, Support performance of choral compositions, $3,700

Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity Culture and the Modern Experience, Newark, Support annual two-day ethnic dance and cultural symposium, $3,400

Rutgers – MFA Creative Writing Program, Newark, Offer free public readings and discussions featuring prominent writers and sponsor a book group, $3,400

South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, Support “Integration through the Arts” presentation of sing-in, dance-in and improv events, $3,825

South Orange Symphony Orchestra, Present three free concerts, $500
SPARK-Friends of Riverbank Park, Newark, Present cultural events, $4,250

Strollers of Maplewood, Support community-based, non-profit theater group, $1,275

Studio Montclair, Inc., Host an annual artists’ open studio tour, meet the artist series and juried exhibitions, $3,920

Trilogy: An Opera Company, Newark, Support presentation of “Paul Robeson” opera, $500

Turn A Frown Around Foundation, Montclair, Support for performing & visual arts programs at hospitals, nursing homes and day treatment centers, $1,700

UMDNJ Foundation, Newark, Support the Creative Arts Healthcare Program at University Hospital that integrates the arts and healing, $3,400

Union Chapel CDC, Newark, Offer weekly visual arts program for senior citizens, $850

ValleyArts, Orange, Support arts as tool for economic revitalization, $4,250

Van Vleck House & Gardens, Montclair, Support the free outdoor summer concert series, $1,275

Wei Yu Cultural Arts, Livingston, Support the NJ Youth Asian Dance and Drum Troupe, $2,550

Youth Orchestras of Essex County, Maplewood, Provide challenging instrumental musical experiences for youth, $4,400

Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Administrative costs, $6,500

Local Arts Program Grants Total, $120,035

 

 
 
 
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