Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Highlights the Importance of Art and Cultural Offerings for County Residents

The Morris County Board of Freeholders has issued a proclamation declaring October as Arts and Humanities Month 2017 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.”

photo: (l/r) Freeholders John Cesaro and Kathy DeFillippo; Lynn Siebert, Arts Participation & Communications Director at Morris Arts; Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts; and Freeholders Doug Cabana, Christine Myers and Deborah Smith

(l/r) Freeholders John Cesaro and Kathy DeFillippo; Lynn Siebert, Arts Participation & Communications Director at Morris Arts; Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts; and Freeholders Doug Cabana, Christine Myers and Deborah Smith

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.”

Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts, and Lynn Siebert, Arts Participation & Communications Director at Morris Arts, accepted the proclamation from Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. at the county governing board’s session on Sept. 27 in Morristown.Morrisarts logo

“Morris Arts develops, supports and advocates on behalf of artists, art organizations and art experiences, and encourages participation on all levels,” said Freeholder Cabana. If you have attended First Night Morris County, the Music Beyond Borders series, or the Meet Me in Morristown events, you have benefitted from their efforts.

“A strong arts community is important to our county’s quality of life and also contributes to a healthy economic climate, making our county an attractive place to live and work,” added Freeholder Christine Myers.

The proclamation recognized Morris Arts’s efforts of “developing, supporting and advocating on behalf of artists, arts organizations, and arts experiences” through a variety of programming such as exhibits in the county government’s  Atrium Gallery, Arts in Education programs and artist residencies, Pumpkin Illumination, the Gateway Totem Project, and many others.

Some of the art on display at Atrium Gallery for the Fall/Winter Exhibit in Morristown

Some of the art on display at Atrium Gallery for the Fall/Winter Exhibit in Morristown

Morris Freeholders Proclaim October 2017 as Arts and Humanities Month in Morris County Morris Freeholders Proclaim October 2017 as Arts and Humanities Month in Morris County

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.

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.