BLOOMFIELD, NJ - Bloomfield Councilman-At-Large Carlos Pomares will be honored with the Caldwell University Veritas Award for Cultural Activism on Friday, March 31 at the Essex Fells Country Club in Essex Fells. This is the highest honor an alumnus can receive from the University for their professional excellence in diverse fields.
Along with Pomares, Sister M. de Montfort Kinchellagh, O.P. ’68 will receive the Excellence in Social Justice Advocacy award and Nutley resident Elaine Bauer Zabriskie ’73 will receive the Excellence in Quality Technology award.
Pomares, a 1993 graduate, is executive director of the Cuban Artists Fund, a non-profit dedicated to supporting artists of Cuban ancestry.
According to the press release, he has overseen a variety of collaborative educational projects between the Cuban Artists Fund and organizations such as the Times Square Alliance, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. As Bloomfield’s councilman at-large, he has successfully spearheaded historic restoration projects, public art installations and environmental preservation efforts.
Pomares holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Caldwell University and received a certificate in communications. He also minored in political science. He holds a masters of arts degree in museum professions from Seton Hall University.
Pomares said that Caldwell University Professor Marie Mullaney was his mentor in college.
“She followed my career, after I received my masters degree she invited me to teach public history in Caldwell and different career opportunities off the beaten path, because of my work in history museums and arts in culture,” said Pomares. A lot had to do with Dr. Mullaney’s influence,” he added.
“I always knew Carlos would be a great success. Carlos has an effervescent personality, a great interest in so many things, and a genuine concern for people,” said Mullaney in a separate interview.
“As a student, he was very involved in campus life, loved politics, loved to debate and discuss, and never shirked from difficult challenges. He welcomed constructive criticism, and greatly respected the opportunities that were open to him,” she said.
I vividly remember the day the opportunity of being an intern at the Grover Cleveland Birthplace first became available to him. He really threw himself into that and found his niche. How he came to enjoy his beloved "Grover," said Mullaney.
I have such fond memories of him as a student. He took very challenging classes with me but we all had great fun in the process. Carlos and I have kept in touch all these years since his days at Caldwell. I am privileged to know him and to share in his success, she said.”
“My advice to students is to follow your passion even if you are uncertain where it may lead. Internships are a terrific opportunity to gain insights which can help guide you on your career path – or perhaps more importantly, can help you redirect your path as it was the case for me. Thanks to an internship in a law firm, I chose not to pursue a law career but rather, a career in arts, culture and historic preservation. I have no regrets as it has led to in directions I otherwise would not have chosen,” said Pomares.
“It is a great honor to be awarded Veritas,” he said.