"I look forward to seeing the projects funded by our Community Arts Grants come to life, either on the stage, on the page or through spoken words," said NJMC Chair Susan Bass Levin, also the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner. "Thanks to these creative people and groups, the Meadowlands' cultural identity is flourishing."\In total, $14,583 in arts grants were awarded to 15 applicants from the Meadowlands District. The Meadowlands Arts Advisory Board - with representatives from Meadowlands towns and the region's stakeholders - reviewed each application and hand-selected the projects that were awarded funding today by the NJMC's Board of Commissioners.
Tapping cultural outlets throughout the 14 Meadowlands District towns and improving the quality of life through aesthetic pursuits falls under the Municipal Fund of the NJMC's MAGNET plan.
"The Meadowlands Commission is strengthening our commitment to our mandates by enriching the District's sense of place and culture, as well as supporting this region's unique identity," said NJMC Commissioner Michael Gonnelli. "Encouraging the growth of the arts in a community, whether through a play, dance, paintings or books, inspires creativity and brings our communities together to build an atmosphere of innovation and progress."
The recipients of the Meadowlands Community Arts Grants are listed below:
* $1,000 to Rehability Physical Therapy of Carlstadt for Integrated Movement Dance Program for children with autism.
* $1,000 to John D. Rappleye of Jersey City for "Homespun fairie tale," an acrylic painting project of cultural folklore and personal mythology.
* $620 to Christine Bruness of Lyndhurst for "Land of Diversity" and "River of Imagination" abstract acrylic paintings.
* $1,000 to the Kennedy Dancers of Jersey City for the dance story and performance of "Meadowlands Serenade."
* $1,000 to Linda Rentschler of Rutherford for the original play, "Deathbed," with the option of a performance and filming at the Meadowlands Environment Center auditorium.
* $1,000 to the Moonachie Public Schools for its Arts in Education program.
* $1,000 to the Town of Secaucus Performing Arts Program.
* $963 to the Rutherford Public Library to sponsor the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's New Stage Ensemble Touring Venue.
* $1,000 to Charlie Churchill of Secaucus for framing Hackensack Meadowlands oil on linen panoramic scenes.
* $1,000 to the West Hudson Council for the Arts' Spring Art in the Park event.
* $1,000 to the city of Jersey City for a collaborative Hackensack River photo exhibition project.
* $1,000 to Joy Sikorski of Rutherford for a "How to Draw the Meadowlands" nature guidebook.
* $1,000 to Rebecca Gordon of Secaucus for "Meadowlandscape," original, mixed-media works on paper focusing on Secaucus.
* $1,000 to the William Carlos Williams Poetry Symposium in Rutherford on Sept. 16 and 17, 2005.
* $1,000 to Nick Sunday of Rutherford to publish a book on the Rose Mallow and other Meadowlands Wildflowers.