WESTFIELD, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders recently announced that 75 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations will receive funding through the 2019 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, including nine from Westfield:

Catherine Brennan, $870, for presenting a film and discussion series.

Lowell Schantz, $1,000, for presenting two free jazz concerts in Union County libraries.

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The Musical Club of Westfield, $2,000, for presenting a benefit concert.

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra, $1,700, for presenting live concert “Return of the Three Holiday Tenors.”

The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, $1,000, to provide chamber ensemble concerts.

Second Westfield Senior Citizens Housing, $1,000, for providing an interactive music program for seniors.

Town of Westfield, $2,000, for providing a public mural.

Westfield Community Center, $1,000, for providing creative writing classes for youth and seniors.

The Westfield Neighborhood Council, $2,000, for presenting dance classes.

The Freeholder Board established the HEART Grant Program in 1998 to support projects related to history, the arts and humanities. Total funding for this year’s grants is $125,000.

“The recipients of HEART Grants are a wonderful mix of creative individuals – composers and writers, historians, visual artists, musicians and dancers – plus arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski in a press release. “The response to the program has been enthusiastic since its inception.”

“The services provided by these artists, scholars and organizations directly benefit the residents of our county and increase appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities,” Kowalski added. “These cultural assets are a vital part of community life, economic development and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.”

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations that want 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 (NJ Relay users dial 711) or email culturalinfo@ucnj.org.