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  • Honoring the 40Th Anniversary of the Arts Council of the Morris Area

    by Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen

    Posted on 2013-01-25

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    FRELINGHUYSEN of new jersey in the house of representatives Friday, January 25, 2013 Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Arts Council of the Morris Area, located in Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013.



    The Arts Council of the Morris Area is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1973. Their mission has been to ``engage and build community through the arts.'' Taking great pride in the importance of the arts, the organization desired to showcase the work of artists to the area. Their lasting goal has been to inspire positive change in people through the realization and appreciation of different forms of artistry.

    The Arts Council contains numerous services aimed at making the Morris County area a more vivacious and intellectual place to live through the various programs it puts forth and the support of local artists who donate their work to The Arts Council. The Council also serves as the central resource to help improve artistic learning experiences for children in school and providing general information to the public.

    The Arts Council has directly assisted more than 4,000 students in understanding and appreciating art through its programs that utilize professional teaching artists. Additionally, the council has funded a program for Middle School students called ``Telling Our Stories,'' with the goal in mind of improving oral and written communication skills. They hope that this program will improve students' self-esteem, conflict resolution abilities, and problem-solving characteristics. The council also awards two scholarships, for artistic excellence, annually to graduating Morris County high school seniors who have chosen to purse an art concentration in college. These scholarships provide these students with the wonderful opportunities they need to succeed.

    Over the past four decades since its beginnings, the Arts Council has grown each year in its recognition, size, and impact on the community. The council has continuously earned honors for the programs and services it provides. Amazingly, over the past 15 consecutive years, the Arts Council has received the ``Citation of Excellence'' award. This award is given to organizations that demonstrate themselves as a ``Major Service Organization'' towards members of their community and has been handed out annually by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts to The Arts Council for its, ``solid history of service excellence, substantial activity and broad public service.'' Moreover, the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in their Arts and Humanities Month Proclamation, identified the Arts Council as, ``a leader in developing, supporting and promoting artists, the arts and experiences that enhance and transform the lives of Morris County citizens.'' Undoubtedly respected amongst the entire community, it is easy to see why this council has gained such notice.

    Mr. Speaker, I ask you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating the Arts Council of the Morris Area, in Morristown, NJ, as it celebrates its 40th Anniversary.

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