2019 Local Arts Program Grant Re-Grantees:
Adult Day Center of Somerset County
Funding aids the Adult Day Center in implementing two programs through Creative Notions of Rockaway. In part one, the consultant will focus on a particular artists' history and style, followed by participants working on hands on projects in the style of the artist. Part two is a music experience session with a separate consultant that includes discussion and listening. The program is specifically geared for individuals with disabilities and will utilize a variety of mediums and also involves caregivers, families and the general public who will be able to view completed works in the building.
Find out more at: http://www.adultdaycenter.org/
The Arc of Somerset County
Funding assists in providing a variety of music experiences and programs to ARC patrons. Participants in this four-day program experience and create music for their own enjoyment as well as others within the agency and community. This adapted music program will also seek to provide role exploration opportunities for individuals to learn about alternatives in leisure time activities and education. Four public events will be held to highlight the program and raise public awareness of non traditional ways for individuals with disabilities to access, enjoy and create musical works.
Find out more at: https://www.thearcofsomerset.org/
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Grant funding assists with the production of 32nd season of the award winning Plays in the Park Program, a series of free performances by local theater companies for residents of Bernards Township and all of Somerset County. Six musicals and five classical plays in total will be produced in 2019. Grant funding assists with obtaining production rights and script materials, quality lighting and sound equipment, experienced artists and musicians, set design, costumes and other needed supplies for performances.
Find out more at: http://www.bernards.org/Departments_Services/Parks_Recreation/default.aspx
Bound Brook Cultural Arts Committee
Grant funding supports visual and performing arts components for Riverfest, an annual street fair held in downtown Bound Brook. Riverfest provides the residents of Bound Brook an opportunity to watch renowned performing artists for free.
Find out more at: https://boundbrook-nj.org/cultural-arts-committee/
Grant funding supports the creation of two murals at KidsStreet Playground (adjacent to the Bridgewater Township Municipal Building). This past summer the Bridgewater Creative Arts Committee publicized the project and requested artwork submissions from the public. One mural was selected by a public voting process with more than 1,600 votes. The second mural was selected by the Bridgewater Arts Committee.
Find out more at: http://www.bridgewaternj.gov/
Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra
Funding allows the CJSO to continue to provide music programming for the residents of Somerset County through the engagement of professional New Jersey artists; to provide a meaningful performance and educational outlet for our musicians; to partner with music and arts centers, schools, and senior living communities for chamber music concerts and performances; and to partner with other Somerset County arts organizations to provide exciting and enriching community music events. Programs are designed for the general public.
Find out more at: http://cjso.org/
The Coffeehouse Project, Inc.
Grant funding helps maintain and improve the stability of the organization, to provide more quality music programming to Somerset County residents, and to improve CHP's visibility in the community. CHP has worked with elementary and middle school children, teens, adults and senior citizens; many program participants have physical and/or cognitive disabilities.
Find out more at: https://thecoffeehouseprojectnj.org/
The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle House
Grant funds are used for the continuation and expansion of arts programming by expanding the use of the English Barn which hosts theater performances, as well as music and community events.
Find out more at: https://farmsteadartscenter.org/
Light Opera of New Jersey
Grant funding helps LONJ produce three fully-staged, public performances. Three educational and outreach programs will also be offered: Savoy Faire, a Young Artists Program and Opera for Kids. Programs are accessible to families, older adults and other audiences within Somerset County as performances are brought to senior centers, libraries and social service agencies. In addition, LONJ will provide sign language interpretation for its 2019 productions.
Find out more at: https://lightoperaofnewjersey.org/
Funding supports the Middle Earth Art House Initiative Program which is open to all Somerset County youth through three community youth centers located in Franklin, Somerville and Bound Brook. Youth participate in workshops to create exhibit pieces that are submitted to public arts showcases as well as used to curate new, youth-developed public art exhibitions. By providing the public with an opportunity to experience these projects, this program provides a tangible link between positive youth development and arts education, as well as fostering a sense of community and community education. Middle Earth typically serves at-risk youth in Somerset County.
Find out more at: http://www.middleearthnj.org/
Funding supports two key programs for 2019: Kal-Ke-Kalakar (Artists of the Future) and a summer concert and lecture demonstration. These programs have been produced for the past ten years, however funding will be focused on expanding audience beyond the Indian diaspora.
Find out more at: https://raagrang.org/
Raritan Valley Symphonic Band
Grant monies fund a series of free public concerts featuring local musicians and clinicians. Funding also helps to maintain and expand current programs by enabling the band to purchase new music as well as contract musicians (focusing on New Jersey artists) to perform with and teach.
Find out more at: http://rvsb.org/
Somerset County Park Commission
Grant funding helps to expand the quality of performers and quantity of performances in the Summer Concert Series in the Park. Monies are used to continue to fund an initiative to include various types of music such as jazz and blues into the series, offering quality performances at no cost to the attending public.
Find out more at: http://somersetcountyparks.org/
Somerset Valley Players
Grant funding is used to increase and initiate honorariums for various artistic positions, hire more qualified stage managers, lighting designers and musical directors to improve the quality of productions, revamp the organization's website so that it is up to date with current standards, cover increased marketing costs and insure that facilities are ADA compliant.
Find out more at: http://svptheatre.org/
Grant funding supports twelve theatrical productions, two 12-week Miniature Musical Makers workshops, one Teen Ensemble workshop, one Senior Performing Arts Festival, three 6-week summer theater arts programs as well as other events. Funding also supports marketing and advertising efforts for all programs and productions. Somerset County residents comprise about 80% of attendees.
Find out more at: http://www.villagerstheatre.com/