Special recognition for Arts Access

“Church in PA” by Cindy Shanks, part of the visual arts exhibit at Full Circle 2013 Reflections, the Arts Access 20th anniversary celebration.

Matheny’s Arts Access Program has been chosen to receive a 2013 Excellence in the Arts Award from the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission for “Arts in the Community.”

Arts Access was nominated for this award by Art Pride New Jersey, a coalition of arts organizations and individuals that advocate at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey’s quality of life. In its nomination, Art Pride pointed out that Matheny is “a world-class facility that works to heal the body and nurture the spirit with the arts.” The National Endowment for the Arts has recognized the value of this program with a grant to celebrate the 20 years of excellence, and Arts Access has also received a ‘Citation of Excellence’ from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.

“My Brain’s on Fire” dance by Jessica Evans performed at Full Circle 2011.

The  SCCHC award will be presented at a special ceremony on Thursday, October 24, at Twin Brooks Country Club in Watchung, NJ. Master of ceremonies for the event will be Nicholas Paleologos, executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.