BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Township residents have until Feb. 14 to nominate an individual, an organization or student who demonstrates exemplary leadership in and dedication to the fine and performing arts in Bernards Township for three individual categories in the annual Mayor Arts Awards.

Nominations will be considered in the following categories:

Individual _ The nominee can be an artist, professional, educator, or community volunteer.

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Organization _ The nominee can be a non-profit organization, corporation, business or school.

Student – The nominee may be a current high school junior or senior. 

All nominees must be a resident of Bernards Township, or work in or for the arts in a way that specifically benefits the residents of the township. The nomination form, and additional details, is posted online. All nominations must be submitted using the official nomination form.

Award recipients to be honored at March 21 annual township art show reception

Recipients will be again be honored at the Bernards Township Parks & Recreation Department’s Annual Township Art Show Opening Reception. This year's reception is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge.

  1. All nomination forms must include narrative information and support materials. Materials will not be returned. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

  2. Suggested support materials to include with nominations include a detailed description of nominee’s credentials, resume, biography, examples of artwork, letters of support, outline of nominee’s successful arts program, description of outreach methods, event bulletins, press/media articles, programs, and more.

  3. Nominations will be reviewed, and awardees selected by a panel comprised of this year's Mayor of Bernards Township, James Baldassare, Jr.; Recreation, Parks & Pathways Advisory Committee Members, and the Parks and Recreation Department staff. 

Award recipients will be notified on or about March, and are strongly encouraged to attend the reception to accept the award.

2019 recipients

Last year's recipients of the annual Mayor's arts awards were Liberty Corner artist Linda Arnold, who received the individual award; The Friends of Boudinot-Southard Ross and the Ross Farm in Basking Ridge, which received the award for an organization, and then-Ridge High School senior Melissa Johnson, who received the student award.

For more information, contact Jennifer Gander, Director of Parks & Recreation at or 908-204-3159.