Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Highlights the Importance of Art and Cultural Offerings for County Residents

The Morris County Board of Freeholders today issued a proclamation declaring October as Arts and Humanities Month 2016 in Morris County, and urging residents to “explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong participation in the arts.”

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(l/r) Freeholder John Cesaro, Lynn Siebert, Tom Werder, and Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, Christine Myers, Tom Mastrangelo, and Hank Lyon

The proclamation stated that the “arts and humanities embody much of the accumulated wisdom, intellect and imagination of humankind and allow us to explore ideas, express emotions and better appreciate cultures from around the world…” adding “beauty and balance to our lives…” and “contribute to a strong and healthy economic climate by stimulating economic activity and creating jobs.”

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(l/r) Siebert, DeFillippo, and Werder

Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts, and Dr. Lynn Siebert, Arts Participation & Communications Director at Morris Arts, accepted the proclamation from Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo.

Representatives from Morris County’s arts and cultural community gathered in support of today’s event, held at the freeholders’ work session meeting in Morristown

Freeholder DeFillippo noted the importance of the arts, citing her own personal appreciation of the Atrium Gallery exhibits in the freeholder’s workplace and the enormous impact the arts have in our area, making it a cultural mecca for the region.

“I am honored to receive this proclamation on behalf of Morris County’s vibrant arts and humanities community. In today’s world, the arts are more important than ever, enabling us to build communities and to attract people to live, work and play in Morris County,” said Werder.

(l/r) Key members of the county's art community:

(l/r) Wayne Walters (Morris Choral Society), Sarah A. Michal (Morristown United Methodist Church), Martin Prentice (Morris Arts Board of Trustees), Beth Murphy (ARTsee), Kathleen Kirchner (Myhelan Artists Network), Allison Larena (Mayo Performing Arts Center); Terry Scullin (Morris Music Men) and Tom Werder (Morris Arts).

The proclamation recognized Morris Arts’s efforts of “developing, supporting and advocating on behalf of artists, arts organizations, and arts experiences” through programming such as First Night Morris County, Music Beyond Borders, 3rd Saturdays at Morris View, Meet Me in Morristown, exhibits at the Atrium Gallery and Gallery at 14 Maple, Arts in Education programs and artist residencies, Pumpkin Illumination, the Gateway Totem Project, and many others.

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Some of the art on display at Atrium Gallery for the Fall/Winter Exhibit to open in Morristown tomorrow (Thursday) night

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It also called attention to “Morris County’s diverse cultural community [which] offers a wide range of music, theater, dance, visual arts, and is blessed with an abundance of outstanding arts organizations, historical sites, museums and other cultural venues – which make life in Morris County so vibrant, stimulating and inspiring….”

During October, Morris Arts will be featuring the numerous cultural and arts events in Morris County on its website cultural calendar at www.morrisarts.org. Additionally, Morris Arts has made the Proclamation available for arts and cultural organizations to read or post in order to highlight the month and educate patrons about the arts in our communities.

Morris Arts, located in Morristown, NJ, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 dedicated to building community through the arts. Using the arts to inspire, connect and engage, Morris Arts serves as a resource for Morris County with a special focus on arts programming in the community and schools, arts advocacy, and support of the Morris Area community of artists and arts organizations.