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.
“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
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 $33,550:
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 $65,350:
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
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 $11,100:
City of New Brunswick
New Brunswick Free Public Library
New Jersey Media Arts Center/Rutgers Film Co-op
Total amount granted $26,250:
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
Total amount granted $12,300:
Alfa Art Gallery
Piscataway Public Library
Carteret Business Partnership
Carteret Public Library
Raices Cultural Center
South Brunswick Arts Commission