VACNJ Art Center Receives Grant From Summit Area Public Foundation
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey was recently awarded a $20,000 Arts and Culture grant from the Summit Area Public Foundation (SAPF), a community foundation that makes grants to tax-exempt organizations that fund programs in Summit, New Jersey, and nearby communities. The grant awarded to the Art Center was made to fund several programs with the goal of providing high-quality visual arts enrichment to residents of Summit, regardless of income level, age, or any other limitations. Some of those programs include:
· Removing Barriers to Art Access for Summit Families - The primary objective of this program is to ensure the Art Center is reaching all Summit residents by providing tuition waivers for low-income Summit residents. In the inaugural year of the program, tuition waivers will be provided for 40 sessions, including classes, workshops, and summer camps.
· Art from the Heart - This program provides seniors with mild- to moderate-aging disorders the opportunity to express themselves through the weekly creation of art in the form of both painting and drawing. The art projects are developed to enhance memory and improve overall sense of well-being, and are led by professional art educators. Through this program, the Art Center will provide 48 weekly one-hour sessions at SAGE Eldercare's Summit facility for up to 18 participants.
· Afterschool Arts Enrichment with the PEP Program - This program brings Personal Education Program (PEP) students to the Art Center to view current exhibitions and create art projects based on what they have seen. This year's program will include three sessions with up to 10 seventh-grade students per session.
Visit SAPFNJ.org for more information on the Summit Area Public Foundation and artcenternj.org for more information on the programs provided by the Art Center.
About the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
For 85 years, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has been exclusively dedicated to viewing, making, and learning about contemporary art. Recognized as a leading non-profit arts organization, the Art Center's renowned studio school, acclaimed exhibitions, and educational outreach initiatives serve thousands of youth, families, seniors, and people with special needs every year.
The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is located at 68 Elm Street in Summit, New Jersey. Adult and children's group tours are available throughout the year. Gallery Hours: Monday to Wednesday and Friday 10 AM-5 PM; Thursday 10 AM-8 PM; and Saturday & Sunday 11 AM-4 PM. Please call 908-273-9121 to confirm holiday hours. Visit artcenternj.org for more information.
Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Walter V. & Judith L. Shipley Family Foundation, the Wilf Family Foundations, and Art Center members and donors.