ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Freeholders have selected seven Scotch Plains-Fanwood groups and individuals among the 63 artists, historians and organizations that will receive Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) grants in 2018.

The Freeholder Board established the HEART Grant Program in 1998, in recognition of the importance of culture and the arts to the Union County economy and quality of life. The innovative program supports projects that enhance appreciation for the arts, history, and the humanities, and raise awareness that cultural assets are a vital part of community well-being, economic development and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.

Total funding for this year’s grants is $100,000.00. The following individuals and groups received awards:

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  • Borough of Fanwood, $1,800,  presenting a Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series
  • Life Drawing Studio Group, $1,800, providing visual arts workshops
  • Brian Beste, $1,000,  presenting photography workshops
  • Candace Waller, $1,000, providing free dance classes

Scotch Plains

  • JCC of Central NJ, $2,000, presenting a cultural appreciation series for Seniors
  • Music for All Seasons, $2,500, presenting music programs for U.C. Juvenile Detention Center
  • Union County Educational Services Commission, $2,025, providing interactive music programs to students

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations seeking 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. Call (908) 558-2550 or e-mail culturalinfo@ucnj.org.

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