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Two Clark Organizations to Receive Union County "HEART" Grants

Susan Roselli Bonnell

Monday, August 25, 2014 • 12:00am

CLARK, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced on Tuesday that Mother Seton Regional High School and Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah will receive funding through the 2014 Union County HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant Program. They are among 46 artists, historians and local non-profit organizations that will receive funding this year through the grant program.

A $1,500 grant was awarded to Mother Seton Regional High School for presenting musical programs for children.  Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah will receive $1,200 for a program presenting a free history of Jewish humor. Total funding for this year’s grants is $75,000.

Recognizing the importance of culture and the arts to our economy and quality of life, the Union County Freeholders established the HEART Grant Program in 1998. The program supports projects related to history, the arts and humanities.

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

“The services provided by these artists, scholars and organizations directly benefit the residents of our county and increase appreciation for the arts, our history, and the humanities,” Hudak added. “These cultural assets are a vital part of community life, well-being, economic development and cultural heritage tourism in Union County.”

Artists, educators, civic and historical non-profit organizations that want information about next year’s HEART Grant Program should contact the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs at culturalinfo@ucnj.org or 908-558-2550. NJ Relay users dial 711.

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