(SUMMIT, NJ) -- The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey was recently awarded a $10,000 Arts and Culture grant from The Summit Foundation. The grant, which was one of 22 awarded, was presented for general operating support to help the organization during the COVD-19 pandemic. The Art Center operates several programs with the goal of providing high-quality visual arts enrichment to residents of Summit, regardless of income level, ability to pay, age, or any other limitations. Some of the Art Center’s local Summit partners include SAGE Eldercare, Summit PEP Program, and Empowering Kids Organization. These programs include weekly art making with the elderly at SAGE’s Spend-a-Day program, an after-school arts enrichment and museum education program with Summit teens through PEP, and art viewing and art making with underserved Summit middle schoolers through Empowering Kids Organization.
“This grant from The Summit Foundation will make a considerable difference in the Art Center’s ability to continue to provide important in-community programs to Summit residents,” said Art Center Director Melanie Cohn. “After a uniquely challenging 18 months, The Summit Foundation’s continued support has helped the Art Center continue to serve its vision of creating an inclusive and welcoming community where lives are transformed and enriched through the shared experience of art, even when sharing that experience has been difficult.”
For more information on The Summit Public Foundation, visit summitforever.org.
For over 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, NJ. Gallery hours: Monday– Thursday, 10:00am–8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am–5:00pm; and Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am–4:00pm. Admission must be reserved in advance. Please call 908.273.9121 to confirm holiday hours. Major support for the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey is provided in part by the Peter R. & Cynthia K. Kellogg Foundation; the Wilf Family Foundations; and Art Center members and donors.