As streaks go, this one is pretty impressive. For the 14th straight year, the Arts Council of the Morris Area has been honored by the State Council on the Arts with a “citation of excellence” and a designation as a major service organization.
These top state honors were awarded this year “for demonstrating a solid history of artistic excellence, substantial programming, leadership, and broad public service, receiving superior review through the Council’s peer panel grant review process.”
“Thank you for all you do to bring the arts to the people of New Jersey,” Steve Runk, executive director of the state council, said in a statement.
“It is a thrill and a privilege to receive this recognition of our work from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts,” said Anne Aronovitch, Executive Director of the Arts Council of the Morris Area. “We feel that these two awards affirm the importance of our work in the community.”
The honors are well deserved. But the real proof of the Morris Arts Council’s value is all around us:
FROM THE ARTS COUNCIL OF THE MORRIS AREA:
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish. The Arts Council of the Morris Area is a private not-for-profit organization founded in 1973 and long dedicated to enriching the community through the arts. It fulfills its mission to bring the arts to the center of community life through arts education, arts programming, arts advocacy and support for artists and arts organizations