ELIZABETH, NJ - Seven Summit-based organizations are among the 31 entities that have received funding through 2019 Union County Local Arts Grant Program. Libraries, schools, and arts organizations throughout the County will receive a total of $67,000 via the program, which is funded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Connection, Summit Free Public Library, Summit Symphony Orchestra, Summit Chorale, Concord Singers, Afternoon Music, Inc. and the Continuo Arts Foundation -- all based in the Hilltop City -- will receive a total of $14,700.

Funding for the Local Arts Grant Program is part of a block grant of $144,813 awarded to the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The remainder of the block grant is used for a technical assistance workshops and a variety of public programs organized by the Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs including Teen Arts and the Senior Citizen Art Show.

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The 2019 Union County Local Arts Grant Program award recipients include:


Afternoon Music, Inc.: Classical and jazz chamber music concerts, featuring vocal and instrumental professionals; free admission for seniors and students. $1,500

Concord Singers: General operating support for a women’s community chorus – an ensemble of novices and experienced singers performing two concerts annually. $1,900

The Connection: Free dance workshops for the public; and visual art activities during an after-school program held at Summit public schools. $2,500

Continuo Arts Foundation: Supporting the inter-generational singing group, Seniors Sing!  $2,400

Summit Chorale: General operating support for the Summit Chorale’s annual season of four concerts.  $2,800

Summit Free Public Library: A series of music concerts and theater performances for all ages, with special emphasis on senior citizens and families.  $1,700

Summit Symphony Orchestra: The Young Artist Competition provides young musicians the opportunity to perform in concert with a full symphony. $1,900


CDC Community Theatre: General operating support for affordable, family-friendly, live theatre, with several productions annually. $3,500

Celebration Singers: General operating support for popular music programs by a large adult chorus, children’s chorus and a young adult chorus, performed at various venues in the county. $2,800


Community Access Unlimited: Multi-disciplinary arts program for adults and youth with developmental or other disabilities. $2,600

Elizabeth Public Library: A series of free fall concerts, featuring performances by local and regional artists, held primarily at the main Broad St. branch. $2,800

United Way of Greater Union County: The “Learning Mi Way” program brings music, stories and activities to childcare-center preschoolers. $1,400

YWCA of Eastern Union County: Art classes for women and children recovering from domestic violence are held in a local shelter. $2,400


Life Drawing Studio Group: A series of life-drawing classes for adults (with live model); and portfolio development workshops for people applying to art school. $1,500


Kenilworth Public Library: Presenting “The Bard on the Boulevard,” a series of free performances by Hudson Shakespeare Company; plus an art program for children presented as part of a reading program. $1,000


Linden Public Library: Presenting a multi-disciplinary series of family and child-oriented events. $1600


Community Educational & Cultural Association, Inc.: Crescent Concerts presents concerts of primarily classical music, including vocal and instrumental artists, both professional and amateur. $3,100

City of Plainfield Senior Citizens Center: The Center offers classes and activities for senior citizens including drama, photography and crafts. $2,300

duCret School of Art: General operating support for high-quality visual art classes for adults, teens and children, offered in studios within a historic building. $3,100

Ivy Visions Charitable Arm / Alpha Kappa Alpha: A free showcase for Black History Month, featuring dynamic African-American artists, such as singers, dancers, musicians and storytellers. $1,700

King’s Daughter’s Day School: Supporting the work of a music teacher to conduct music sessions for children attending summer-camp and daycare sessions. $1,600

Plainfield Symphony Society: Operating for nearly a century, the Plainfield Symphony presents four concerts and two family concerts for diverse audiences. $3,300


Rahway Valley Jerseyaires: General operating support for singers to learn, rehearse, and perform barbershop-style choral music for the public in varied settings. $1,800

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Chinese American Music Ensemble: Enables adult and youth choruses to practice a variety of vocal music, with emphasis on Chinese-language songs, and to perform an annual concert in Westfield.  $1,500

Jewish Community Center of Central NJ: An annual Jewish Film Festival of award-winning movies, shown at the Rialto Theatre in Westfield. $1,700


Friends of Springfield Library: A film series for the general public, including high-quality foreign films, classic films, and selections for children and teens. $1,100


Choral Art Society of New Jersey, Inc.: General operating support to enable vocational singers to study classical choral music and perform several concerts annually. $2,600

Community Players of Westfield: General operating support for four theatre productions, presented by volunteers and amateurs at Community Players’ own playhouse. $3,300

New Jersey Workshop for the Arts: The Music Connection program provides free instrumental music lessons to families with a disabled child, including use of instruments. The program fosters creative partnership between parents and children. - $2,000

Oratorio Singers: General operating support for a volunteer chorus that performs an annual concert of significant choral literature, along with professional orchestra and professional soloists. $2,100

The August Symphony Orchestra: Presenting a free summer concert of classical music performed by a full orchestra composed of local musicians (including students) and professional soloists. $1,500