The Montclair Art Museum recently was awarded a grant that will fund one of its most popular programs.
The art museum was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, a subsidiary of the health insurance provider Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Michele Shea, manager of institutional giving at the museum, said the funds will be used for the museum’s “cornerstone community program:” Free Family Day.
This bi-annual event is a favorite among museum-goers, said Shea. Residents are free to join the daylong celebration that includes gallery tours, art projects for the young and old alike, games and other activities.
“It’s our signature community event,” said Shea. “Grants like this allow us to continue to offer free programs to the community, which is huge today. [The grant] is a great amount for a education program.”
The next Free Family Day is Sunday, Dec. 2. Shea said the event will revolve around the current exhibition at the museum: Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land.
The Horizon Foundation awarded 23 other grants recently, totaling approximately $437,000 in all, to various other organizations including Leche de Mama in Glen Ridge and the New Jersey Ballet Company in Livingston.
This was also the third round of awards made by the Horizon Foundation this year alone. In total, more than $4,950,000 has been given to 75 organizations in 2012.
Below is a full list of the organizations that recently received a grant from the Horizon Foundation.
• American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark in Haledon, received a grant of $10,000 to support the Saturday Arts Program. The program provides free visual and performing arts classes to children in grades 3-5 living in Paterson and surrounding suburbs.
• Appel Farm Arts and Music Center in Elmer, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its community arts outreach programs.
• Arts Guild New Jersey in Rahway, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its visual arts and arts education programs for both adults and children.
• Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, received a general operating support grant of $20,000 to fund its 2012-2013 season and arts education initiatives for children and young adults.
• Branch Brook Park Alliance in Newark, received a grant of $50,000 to support the installation of five exercise stations along the Lenape Trail Two-Mile Walking Path in Branch Brook Park. The stations will include tips to maximize the walking workout, demonstrate optimal walking techniques and provide health information.
• Cape Assist in Wildwood, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Wellness Initiative for Senior Education and HealthEASE programs. The programs provide senior citizens in Cape May County with basic health information and services, and discussions on self care for chronic conditions, filling out forms, talking with your doctor and safe use of medications.
• The Discovery Orchestra in Warren, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its 2012-2013 season and educational programs.
• Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey in Cherry Hill, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Live Healthy-Lead Healthy program. The year-long program provides girls in grades K-12 with skills to build self esteem, make healthy food choices and stay physically fit.
• Greater Newark Conservancy in Newark, received a grant of $20,000 to support its school-based Nutrition Education Program. The program teaches better nutrition through education, gardening and access to fresh produce.
• Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, received a grant of $21,000 to support the HAM in the Schools Program. The program connects middle school students in Hunterdon and Warren Counties with artists from the Museum’s current exhibition via a Skype on-line chat that is followed by a hands-on project.
• Jewish Family Service of Atlantic County in Margate, received a grant of $19,000 to support the Integrated Health Partnership with the Southern Jersey Family Medical Center. The Partnership implements a care management program for frequent users of acute medical services to decrease incidents of hospitalization and complications related to chronic disease.
• Latino Leadership Alliance Foundation in New Brunswick, received a grant of $50,000 to support production of a health documentary for New Jersey’s Latino community. The 30-minute documentary will address the need for quality translation services in the medical profession, show innovative solutions that help counter language barriers and highlight programs in the state that provide Latinos with quality healthcare for childhood obesity.
• Leche de Mama in Glen Ridge, received a grant of $25,000 to support the Family Health Project. A collaboration with the Jubilee Center in Hoboken, the program will offer families in Hudson County nutritional education workshops, monthly healthy cooking lessons and exercise field trips.
• Levoy Theatre Preservation Society in Millville, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund collaboration with The Greater Cumberland County Big Brothers Big Sisters. Discounted tickets to the 2012-2013 Youth Series performances will be available for adult GCCBBBS volunteers serving as mentors and their respective child mentees.
• McCarter Theatre Company in Princeton, received a grant of $10,000 to fund its Arts Education and Outreach Program. The program offers arts education programming to students throughout the state.
• New Jersey Ballet Company in Livingston, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to expand its repertory and educational activities.
• New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation in Trenton, received a grant of $50,000 to support the New Jersey Action Coalition for the Future of Nursing, which is charged with implementing the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing report.
• North Ward Center in Newark, received a grant of $10,000 to support its Casa Israel Adult Medical Day Care Center program. The Center provides health care and other services for senior citizens that help them maintain their independence.
• Park Theatre Performing Arts in Union City, received a grant of $10,000 to support and expand its Arts Education for Low-income Urban Children Program.
• Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey in Millburn, received a grant of $15,000 to support its 2012 Fifth Grade Parent Alert Initiative. The initiative is offered free to all New Jersey schools and educates parents about the health and other dangers of substance abuse and how to discuss these dangers with their children.
• Passage Theatre Company in Trenton, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund the production of new plays, community programs and The State Street Project, which offers play-writing and performance experiences to Trenton’s youth.
• Somerset House for Temporarily Displaced Children in Bridgewater, received a general operating support grant of $10,000 to fund its visual and performing arts education program within Brahma House’s Transitional Learning Center, an in-house school for homeless youth.
• Tri-State Actors Theater in Newton, received a general operating support grant of $7,500 to fund its 2012-2013 season and educational programming.