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Nominations Sought for Excellence in the Arts Awards

Deadline is March 4

Post Date:02/07/2019 12:25 PM
 Excellence, Arts, cultural

SOMERVILLE – Do you know an individual or organization that demonstrates exemplary leadership and dedication to the fine and performing arts in Somerset County? If so, Freeholder Brian G. Gallagher invites you to nominate them for the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission’s 2019 Excellence in the Arts Awards. The deadline is Monday, March 4.

“The arts are important to society for many reasons. As a form of human expression, the fine and performing arts stimulate creative thinking, communicate across barriers and have a positive impact on our overall well-being and our economy,” said Freeholder Gallagher, commission liaison. “We encourage residents to nominate people and organizations that go above and beyond to encourage and support artists in Somerset County.”

Nomination forms are available by clicking on the link below, by visiting or by contacting Natalie Zaman, program coordinator, at (908) 231-7021 or

Completed forms and supporting materials should be submitted to the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, P.O. Box 3000, 20 Grove St., Somerville, NJ 08876-1262.

There are three nomination categories:

Arts in Education or Mentorship: This category honors outstanding educators, instructors or education affiliates that help to inspire and encourage students in the fine or performing arts. (E.g. parent-teacher association, board of education, arts or music school.)

Arts in the Community: Nominees for this category should be dedicated individuals, corporations or local organizations that support the fine or performing arts through innovative programming, outstanding vision and leadership, a dedication to arts access and outreach, exemplary partnerships, volunteerism or philanthropy.

Aspiring Young Artist: Nominate a Somerset County high school or college student who consistently demonstrates excellence in the fine or performing arts, aspires to a career in the arts and is a role model of good citizenship. One young artist will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, Inc.

Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony that will be held Thursday, May 23, at the Green Brook Middle School Auditorium.

Excellence in the Arts is sponsored by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission and Friends of Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, Inc. The program is administered by an Awards Committee, comprised of individuals appointed by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.  

For more information, contact Natalie Zaman, program coordinator at the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission, at (908)231-7021 or



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