KENILWORTH, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that 75 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2019 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, including two from Kenilworth:

Borough of Kenilworth, $1,800, to provide a fall music and art festival

Kenilworth Historical Society, Kenilworth, $1,000,  presenting a Living History exhibition

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The Freeholder Board established the HEART Grant Program in 1998 recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to the economy and quality of life in Union County. Total funding for this year’s grants is $125,000.

“The recipients of HEART Grants are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – composers and writers, historians, visual artists, musicians and dancers – plus arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The response to the program has been enthusiastic since its inception.”

“The services provided by these artists, scholars and organizations directly benefit the residents of our county and increase appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities,” Freeholder Kowalski added. “These cultural assets are a vital part of community life, economic development, and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.”

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations that want information about next year’s HEART Grant Program can contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: (908) 558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711, or send E-mail: culturalinfo@ucnj.org.