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Westfield Organizations & Artists Receive Union County HEART Grants

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert will benefit from a Union County HEART grant this year. Credits: NJFO

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seven Westfield entities are among the 61 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations that  will receive funding through Union County's 2017 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program, the freeholders have announced: Lowell Schantz got $1,000 to present two free jazz concerts in Union County libraries; the Miller-Corey House Museum got $1,000 to present a benefit concert; the Musical Club of Westfield got $900 to present a benefit concert; New Jersey Workshop for the Arts got $1,000, to provide chamber ensemble concerts; the New Jersey Festival Orchestra got $1,700 to present its live concert “Home for the Holidays”; Second Westfield Senior Citizens Housing got $1,000 to provide an interactive education program for seniors; and the Westfield Neighborhood Council got $2,000 for dance workshops.

The Union County Freeholders established the HEART Grant Program in 1998 in recognition of the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life. The program supports projects related to history, the arts and humanities. Total funding for this year’s grants is $100,000.

“The recipients of HEART Grants are a wonderful mix of creative individuals including composers and writers, historians, visual artists, musicians and dancers, as well as arts, history and other cultural organizations and civic groups,” Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen said in a press release. “The response to the program has been exciting ever since its inception.”

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Other recipients include:

·   Brian Beste, Fanwood, $1,000,  presenting art and photography workshops

·   Candace Waller, Fanwood, $1,000,  providing free dance classes

·   Lesl Harker, New Providence, $1,000,  presenting Irish music workshop and concert

·   Renaee Smith, Roselle, $700,  providing Writers Café workshops

·   Valerie Graham, Roselle, $1,000,  presenting free crafts workshops for children and seniors

·   Borough of Fanwood, Fanwood,  $2,200,  presenting a Fanwood Cultural Arts Performance Series

·   Borough of Roselle Park, Casano Community Center, $1,000,  presenting a free concert

·   Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Union,  $2,000,  presenting a dance festival

·   City of Plainfield, $2,500,  provide historic cemetery restoration

·   Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth, $1,000,  providing a choral concert of students

·   Continuo Arts Foundation, Summit, $1,500,  presenting a holiday concert

·   Cranford Housing Board, Cranford, $1,000,  presenting the “Three Po' Tenors” in concert for senior residents

·   Dreamcatchers Repertory Theatre, Summit,  $1,700,  presenting the NJ premiere of "What Stays"

·   duCret School of Art, Plainfield, $2,300,  presenting an art lecture series

·   Elizabeth Avenue Partnership, Elizabeth, $1,500,  presenting Hispanic Heritage Month concerts

·   Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, $1,000,  providing art education for homeless children

·   Groundwork Elizabeth, Inc., Elizabeth, $2,000,  presenting the 15th Annual Tour de Elizabeth bicycle tour

·   Hanson Park Conservancy, Cranford, $600,  presenting "Olmstead by Design" program

·   Hillcrest Academy North, Scotch Plains, $2,000,  providing interactive music programs to students

·   Historical Society of Elizabeth NJ, $1,000,  presenting a history panel discussion

·   Historical Society of Plainfield, Plainfield, $2,500,  providing a Nathaniel Drake Family Genealogy Project,

·   HomeTowne Television, Summit, $1,000,  presenting a Union County history TV series

·   Institute of Music for Children, Elizabeth, $2,500,  providing arts and culture classes to young children

·   Jefferson Parks Ministries, Elizabeth, $1,700,  presenting an art education program for children

·   Jewish Community Center of Central NJ, Scotch Plains, $2,200,  presenting a cultural appreciation series for Seniors

·   Josephine’s Place, Elizabeth, $2,500,  presenting arts programs for immigrant women

·   Kenilworth Historical Society, Kenilworth, $1,000,  presenting a Living History exhibition

·   Language & Enrichment Center INC, Scotch Plains, $1,000,  presenting performances by preschool children of Italian winter songs

·   Life Drawing Studio Group, Fanwood, $2,000,  providing visual arts workshops

·   Music for All Seasons, Scotch Plains, $2,500,  presenting music programs for U.C. Juvenile Detention Center

·   National Council of Jewish Women, U.C. Section, Elizabeth, $2,400,  providing two intergenerational programs: a big band swing dance and a jazz band

·   New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra, Berkeley Heights, $2,300,  presenting a community concert

·   Occupational Center of Union County, Inc., Roselle, $2,500,  presenting art education classes for people with disabilities

·   Old First Historic Trust, Elizabeth, $1,000,  providing presentations and exhibit on historic cemeteries

·   Overlook Hospital Foundation, Summit, $2,400,  presenting "Healing Caregivers" healing arts program

·   Peruvians for Progress, Elizabeth, $1,800,  presenting a free traditional Peruvian Christmas celebration

·   Plainfield Symphony Society, Plainfield, $1,600,  presenting a free symphony concert

·   Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union, $2,200,  presenting the play “Black Tom Island”

·   Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, $2,000,  presenting concert with jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee

·   Roselle 24/7, Roselle, $1,000,  providing community-based arts festival

·   Roselle Board of Education, Roselle, $1,500,  presenting a high school performing arts program

·   Roselle Park Historical Society, $1,000,  presenting local history speaker series

·   SAGE Eldercare, Inc., Summit, $2,200,  presenting free musical performances to older adults

·   Saint Theresa School, Kenilworth, $1,800,  providing two student theatrical productions

·   Stony Hill Players, Summit, $2,000,  presenting children’s theatrical productions

·   Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, Clark, $1,200,  presenting a free Klezmer concert

·   The ARC of Union County, Springfield, $2,300,  presenting an interactive concert series

·   The Theater Project, Union, $2,000,  presenting theatrical performances in Union

·   Union Township Community Action Organization, Inc., Union, $2,500,  presenting Senior Choral performances in nursing homes

·   Union Township Historical Society, Union, $1,000,  presenting history programs for students 

·   United Youth of NJ, Elizabeth, $2,500,  presenting an historical play about the Emmett Till Story

·   Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit $2,300,  presenting a visual arts program for older adults Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts, Berkeley Heights, $1,000,  presenting free musical performances

·   YM-YWHA of Union County, Union, $2,000,  presenting the “Y Sunday Brunch Art Series”

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations can get information about next year’s HEART Grant Program by contacting the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, NJ 07202. Telephone: 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711, or send E-mail:

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