Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council
A message from our President
Given the challenges of COVID-19, I want to give you an interim report on the health and well-being of the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council. As you may know, our Gallery at 133 Spring Street, Newton, was ordered closed by Governor Phillip Murphy, on March 21, 2020, as it was deemed a “non-essential” business.
With the closing of our Gallery, we applied for the Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan. We were denied the Paycheck Protection Program because our payroll did not meet the minimum threshold. We were recently advised that our EIDL request was being processed.
We are most grateful to our sponsors who have continued to support us; to the Sussex County Freeholders for their continued support; to the support from the Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market; and to the New Jersey Council on the Arts and to the New Jersey Historical Commission for their support which we have continued to share with our current Sussex County Art and Historical societies.
Sadly, we had to furlough our paid staff in March, to conserve cash to pay the rent and utilities. We are continuing to make plans for re-opening, with the Governor’s “all-clear” pronouncement.
The Xpose Photography Exhibit hangs in our closed Gallery. With the “all-clear” signal, we hope to resume where plans were halted, with an Xpose reception, and continue with our art exhibits for the remainder of the year. We will keep you posted!
The Gallery is closed. The Xpose exhibition display is still hanging and all planned workshops are cancelled. Our priorities are protecting our staff, our members, and artists. This means no events where individuals come into proximity.
The New Jersey state senior citizens art exhibition will go ahead – but as a virtual show with images of the entered art displayed online. We will publish the dates and details of the arrangements shortly.
Senior Student Arts Awards
The Senior Student Arts Awards ceremony helps us celebrate the special artistic talents of seniors from all the high schools in Sussex County. Awards are given in twelve categories: Crafts, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Fine Arts, Instrumental Music, Photography, Technical Theater, Video, Vocal Music, and Welding. Teachers from each of the eleven high schools nominate students.
During the evening we enjoy entertainment provided by students and groups who performed and were adjudicated at Teen Arts - a day of workshops, critiques, and demonstrations in which middle school and high school students are immersed in art. What a day!
May 6, 2020 was supposed to be the 45th annual Senior Student Art Awards. All arrangements were made to have it held in the Performing Art Center at Sussex County Community College. Unfortunately, this year Teen Arts and the Senior Student Art Awards are both cancelled due to coronavirus.
We will miss being able to celebrate these wonderful, talented students in person this year.
Thank you to all who support and encourage the students to participate in the arts.
Maureen Hanifan, Co-chair, and Trustee
Grants to Sussex County Organizations
Every year, the Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council provides support to local, nonprofit arts and history organizations through our Arts and History Re-grant Programs. This year 17 groups were awarded a total of $ 54,104 in re-grants. The funding is provided to SCAHC through the NJ State Council on the Arts and the NJ Historical Commission. Triennially, SCAHC completes a rigorous application process to request funding for our programs. In turn, local groups complete an application process to request a grant each year. Funds can be requested for either general operating support or a special project. Among the programs the grant recipients provide to the public are choral and orchestral concerts, theater productions, art workshops for teens, art and history exhibits, historical tours, and museum visits.
In January 2020, SCAHC was happy to announce re-grants to:
Community Choral Society Cornerstone Playhouse Harmony in Motion
SCARC New Sussex Symphony Skylands Performing Arts Center
Sussex County Art Society Sussex County Oratorio Society Teen Arts
Sussex County Youth Orchestra No Strings A Cappella Luna Parc Atelier Foundation
DAR Elias Van Bunschooten Museum Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Sparta Historical Society
Sussex County Historical Society Vernon Historical Society
JoAnne Scheidt, Regrant Committee Chair