Arts & Entertainment

East Brunswick Community Players Receives Arts Grant

Good news for our local playhouse Credits:

MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Culture & Heritage are pleased to announce that over $180,000 has been awarded to local arts groups throughout the County through the 2016 County Support Grant Program for the Arts.

Middlesex County has the largest County Support Grant Program for the Arts and the only County Folk Arts Program in the State. Not-for-profit organizations and municipal groups based in Middlesex County were eligible to apply. Some 56 grants were awarded.


This program supports both established and emerging arts groups from various disciplines such as dance, folk arts, media arts, music, photography, theater, visual arts and festivals.

Sign Up for E-News


“The Board of Chosen Freeholders is committed to enhancing arts and cultural programing in the County, and that is illustrated in the fact that we have the largest County Support Grant Program in the State of New Jersey,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.  “The Local Arts Grants awarded in 2015 brought arts and culture programming to an audience of over 500,000 people. That is quite an accomplishment.”

This year Middlesex County received two Citations for Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one for Major Arts Organizations and one for Service Organizations.


Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee, said: “The Office of Culture and Heritage has a long tradition of bringing educational and entertaining events to the people of Middlesex County. One of the best things about their mission, and this grant program, is finding contributors who enable audiences to enjoy quality experiences from a variety of different perspectives.”

The 2016 Local Arts Grants are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.



The following is a list of the recipients of the 2016 County Support Grant Program for the Arts:

Total amount granted $34,292:

10 Hairy Legs

Agraj Seva Kendra

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

Casa de Educacion y Cultura Latina

CoLab Arts

Csurdongolo Folk Ensemble, Inc.

Edison Arts Society

Hungarian American Athletic Club Folk Dance Group

King's Academy of Dance

Metuchen Arts Council

Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School of the Arts

Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance, Inc.

Total amount granted

Indo-American Festivals

Hua Xia Chinese School at Plainsboro

Main Street Highland Park

Metuchen-Edison Area Branch NAACP

North Brunswick Township Heritage Day Committee

Perth Amboy Business Improvement District

Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.

Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission - Barron Arts Center

Total amount granted

Association of NJ Chinese Schools Youth Orchestra

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra

Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Carnatic Music Association of North America

Edison Chinese Chorus

First Reformed Church

Highland Park Community Chorus

Hub City Jazz Festival

Makhelat Hamercaz Jewish Choir of Central NJ

Metuchen Recreation Commission

Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission

Monroe Township Patrons of the Arts

Music Association for the Visually Impaired Students of NJ

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

Philomusica Choir

Sayreville Public Library

Saint Mary Church - Music at Saint Mary's

South Brunswick Public Library

UPAFR -- University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla

Who Is My Neighbor?

Photography/ Media Arts
Total amount granted
City of New Brunswick

New Brunswick Free Public Library

New Jersey Media Arts Center/Rutgers Film Co-op

Total amount granted
Elijah's Promise

City of Perth Amboy, Office of Parks & Recreation

East Brunswick Community Players

Epic Actors' Workshop & Choir

GB Productions, Inc.

Middlesex County Parks & Recreation/Plays-in-the-Park

New Jersey Institute for Disabilities

Township of Edison Health & Human Services EMA/BRIDGES

Visual Arts
Total amount granted $12,300:

Alfa Art Gallery

Piscataway Public Library

Carteret Business Partnership

Carteret Public Library

Raices Cultural Center

South Brunswick Arts Commission


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Murder/Suicide in Edison Leaves Father and Son Dead

April 24, 2018

EDISON, NJ -  A confirmed homicide/suicide event occurred yesterday in Edison that involved a father and son in the home they shared.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Thomas Bryan of the Edison Police Department announced today that police are investigating a shooting in which an Edison man apparently shot and killed his son, and then killed himself, says a release ...

Women Need Better Treatment Behind Bars, Lawmakers Say

April 24, 2018

NEWARK, NJ - Middlesex County Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) held a roundtable discussion Monday with criminal justice reform advocates and formally incarcerated women to discuss legislation Lopez and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle are introducing, modeled after legislation Booker introduced in the Senate, to reform the way women are treated behind ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, May 2, 6:00 PM

New Providence

Our Lady of Peace Country Fair

Thu, May 3, 6:00 PM

New Providence

Our Lady of Peace Country Fair

Fri, May 4, 8:00 AM

Burgdorff Center for Performing Arts, Maplewood

A Midsummers Night's Dream

Lake Placid Horse Shows To Name Ring In Honor of Kiki Umla

April 23, 2018

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — The Lake Placid Horse Show Association has initiated plans to expand riding areas at the North Elba Showgrounds to provide exhibitors with more space for riding during the annual Lake Placid Horse Shows. The 2018 Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farms, LLC, return June 26 to July 8 at the shows' world-class ...

Travels Jersey Shore Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

April 23, 2018

SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth ...

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo

Retro Review: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo (Citadel Press, 1970)


How does a reviewer do justice to a book called “the great American novel”? I first read Johnny Got His Gun during the Viet Nam war, when young people, nationwide, were protesting fighting in a war that was a senseless waste of life; a war in which the United States had no business participating.

The Truth About My Reading

The Truth About My Reading

I didn't get my Composition and Literature teacher at Montclair State College at all. A crusty old man with a dour disposition, Mr. Smith always seemed angry and rude. He appropriately intimidated freshmen, even me, an English major, who found this common core course beneath my dignity. Frankly, as a graduate of Highland Park High School, and a survivor of Mrs.

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse


MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...