2020 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 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 utilizing a variety of mediums.
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. The intention is to expand the day program to reach more individuals with medical complexities and partnering with a local nursing home for music education classes. Participants benefit by experiencing and creating music for their own enjoyment and that of others within the agency and community. This adapted music program seeks to provide role exploration opportunities for individuals to learn about alternatives in leisure time activities and education. Two 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/
Bernardsville Special Events
Grant funds will be used to produce a mural on the Mount Airy Road overpass that will be a more welcoming entrance to the heart of town. A local artist who has worked with the town previously will lead the project while community members and local students will be encouraged to help design and paint the mural. This project is set to be the first of many to help revitalize the town for stakeholders and the community.
Find out more at: http://www.downtownbernardsville.com/
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation
Grant funding will assist with the production of the award winning Plays in the Park program for its 33rd season. Plays in the Park provides free performances by local theater companies for residents of Bernards Township and all of Somerset County. Two shows are produced each summer, a musical and a classical production. Grant funding assists with obtaining production rights and materials, costumes, rented equipment, individuals hired, and keeps the performances free. 6 musical and 5 classical plays will be produced in 2020.
Find out more at: http://www.bernards.org/Departments_Services/Parks_Recreation/default.aspx
Bound Brook Cultural Arts Committee
Grant funding will support visual and performing arts components for Riverfest, an annual street fair held in downtown Bound Brook. Funding will also be used to develop the artistic components of Riverfest 2020. BBCAC plans to continue expanding the types of music and dance performances that are offered. Most of the 2019 performers have expressed interest in returning in 2020, and additional artists are being sought as well. Riverfest provides the residents of Bound Brook and Somerset County an opportunity to watch high quality artistic experiences for free.
Find out more at: https://boundbrook-nj.org/cultural-arts-committee/
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 their musicians; to partner with music/arts centers, schools, senior living communities and other County arts organizations to provide exciting and enriching community music events. Funds are specifically used to offset the costs of their artistic director and local musicians.
Find out more at: http://cjso.org/
The Friends of the Kennedy Martin Stelle House
Grant funds will be 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/
Jersey Harmony Chorus
Grant funding helps with the purchase of new music for performances and is used to pay for the music itself as well as the rights to perform it, a per copy fee, an arrangers fee for certain songs, and a "learning track" for each song. New songs serve two goals: keeping the repertoire fresh and current for diverse audiences and furthering members' understanding of barbershop music and other musical skills.
Find out more at: https://www.jerseyharmonychorus.org/
Light Opera of New Jersey
Grant funding will help LONJ produce three fully-staged, public performances, provide sign language interpretations services at select shows and offer three educational and outreach programs: Savoy Faire, 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.
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, Bound Brook, and Manville. Youth will participate in workshops to create exhibit pieces that will be submitted to public arts showcases. Additionally, Middle Earth hopes to exhibit this artwork in Bound Brook in a free public art show. Middle Earth serves at-risk youth in Somerset County.
Find out more at: http://www.middleearthnj.org/
Funding will support two key programs for 2020: Kal-Ke-Kalakar (Artists of the Future) and a summer concert and lecture demonstration. These programs have been produced for the past eleven years; however funding will be focused on expanding audience beyond the Indian diaspora. Funding will be used specifically to secure a larger venue attract top-notch musicians from New Jersey, and increase marketing efforts.
Find out more at: https://raagrang.org/
Raritan Valley Symphonic Band
Grant monies will fund a series of free public concerts featuring local musicians and clinicians and to strengthen the band's administrative, publicity and community outreach efforts. Funding will help 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. Audiences of the RVSB have been, and are expected to continue to be, a cross-section of the population of Somerset County and the surrounding area; a significant contingent of senior citizens and families with children attend RVSB concerts.
Find out more at: http://rvsb.org/
Somerset County Park Commission
Grant funding will help to expand the quality of performers and quantity of performances in the Summer Concert Series in the Park. Monies will be 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 will be used to improve the quality of performances with talented creative directors, musicians, and technicians. The organization will also focus on consulting a professional to upgrade their website from the ground up, increase marketing efforts, and meeting with legal/insurance professionals to ensure they are properly insured at a reasonable price.
Find out more at: http://svptheatre.org/
Ukrainian History and Education Center
Grant funding will focus primarily on expanding the educational programming associated with already-planned exhibitions at the Ukrainian History and Education Center, expanding the range of the UHEC's arts programs, increasing publicity and outreach to the Somerset County community, and adding part-time support staff in the areas of marketing and publicity.
Find out more at: https://www.ukrhec.org/
Grant funding will support 17 productions, 3 theater programs, 3 workshops, and 1 festival, as well as several special events. Funding also supports marketing efforts for all programs/productions, sustains artistic quality, program diversity, and production quality while keeping the cost low. The grant would also support the expansion of all theater arts programs permitting higher enrollment and broader activates.
Find out more at: http://www.villagerstheatre.com/