CULTURAL AND HERITAGE COMMISSION
Patricia McGarry, Manager/908-231-7110
Administers programs and services that preserve, promote and protect the culture and heritage of Somerset County. Administers the New Jersey State Council on the Arts State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant for Somerset County, the SCC&HC’s Mini-Grant Program and the Somerset County Historic Preservation Trust Grant Program. Plans and administers the Somerset County Teen Arts Program; Cultural & Heritage Gallery, and Student Gallery at 40 North Bridge; and the annual Historic Preservation Awards recognition event. Produces the Somerset County Cultural Connection, a quarterly web-based cultural calendar/newsletter, and is a contributing partner to the Somerset County Arts & Leisure Guide, a bi-annual publication. Provides technical assistance & professional development workshops for arts and history organizations; coordinates projects that affect historic sites with appropriate federal and state agencies; provides arts outreach programs; cooperates with The Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage; maintains a comprehensive survey of all historic sites in Somerset County; and maintains and updates a directory of Somerset County cultural and historic organizations; plans/coordinates the annual Somerset County Weekend Journey through the Past, a countywide collaborative tourism program; sponsors Excellence in the Arts Recognition program/dinner.