UNION COUNTY, NJ - Seven Summit arts organizations are included in a group of 34 such entities selected by Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to receive 2017 Union County Local Arts grants.
 
A total of $64,000 in grant funds were awarded, with Hilltop City-based organizations, and the amounts received, including:
 
Afternoon Music, Inc. - $1,200.
Concord Singers - $1,500
The Connection - $2,400
Continuo Arts Foundation - $2,300 
Summit Chorale - $2,700
Summit Public Library - $1,200
Summit Symphony Orchestra - $1,500
 
A total of 34 grants are made possible through funding provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner organization of the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant program is administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has designated the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs as one of the “anchor institutions that make significant contributions to the quality of life in New Jersey, and has recognized its “solid history of service excellence, substantial activity and broad public service.”

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The $64,000 in grants represents part of a larger $144,000 Council on the Arts award for Union County.

The balance of the grant will be matched by the Freeholder Board, enabling the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs to present the Teen Arts Program, the Senior Citizen Art Exhibit, Music in the Mills and gallery exhibits as well as technical assistance workshops and other services for Union County artists, cultural organizations and residents.

Other local arts grantees include:

American Theater Group, Bridgeway, CDC Community Theatre, Celebration Singers, Chinese American Music Ensemble, Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc., City of Plainfield Senior Citizens Center. Community Access Unlimited, Community Educational & Cultural Association, Inc., Community Players of Westfield, Elizabeth Public Library, First United Methodist Church, Friends of Springfield Library, Gateway Family - YMCA of Eastern Union County, Ivy Visions Charitable Arm/Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jewish Community Center of Central NJ, Kenilworth Public Library, King’s Daughter’s Day School, Life Drawing Studio Group, Linden Public Library, New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield Symphony Orchestra, Rahway Valley Jerseyaires, The August Symphony Orchestra, United Way of Greater Union County, and the YWCA of Eastern Union County.

For more information about Union County arts grant programs, call 908-558-2550 (NJ Relay users dial 711), contact culturalinfo@ucnj.org or visit during regular business hours at 633 Pearl Street in Elizabeth.