Morris County Proclaims October Arts and Humanities Month – Morris County, NJ

Posted on October 13, 2022

Morris Arts and friends join the presentation

The Morris County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October 2022 ‘Arts and Humanities Month’ last night at a business meeting in Morristown.

Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen read portions of the formal resolution as he presented the framed proclamation to Tom Werder, executive director of Morris Arts. Werder was joined by Weusi Baraka, community arts director for Morris Arts; Dave Sipple, President, Morris Music Men, and Jenna Castano, Director of Marketing and Communications for Morris Arts.

Arts and Humanities Month 10 12 2022 2.jpg “Tonight Morris County will resume an annual practice that has been interrupted by the pandemic. The Board of County Commissioners will officially recognize the month of October as Arts and Humanities Month by virtue of the proclamation which I now hold,” Director Selen said.

“It says in part that we honor the arts and humanities because they have come to embody much of the wisdom, understanding and imagination accumulated over the centuries by humankind and have given us allowed to explore ideas, express emotions and better appreciate the diverse and numerous cultures of the whole world”, added the director.

Many organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses involved in the arts and humanities have benefited from the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, which launched on Valentine’s Day and closed to applications last month. Designed to help small businesses and nonprofits still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 723 grantsArts and Humanities Month 10 12 2022 1.jpg was approved by September 30, although many applications submitted before that deadline are still under review.

Among the grants were more than 40 approved for groups such as Growing Stage at Netcong, the Morris County Art Association, the Morris Museum, the Denville String Band, the All Children’s Art Center, the Barn Theatre, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and, of course, The Morris Arts.

The Morris Arts has been actively promoting the arts in Morris County for nearly 50 years and this work is noted in the proclamation presented last night.


Top right: (lr) With the proclamation, Director Selen, Tom Werder, Jenna Castano, Dave Sipple, Weusi Baraka, Commissioner Deborah Smith, Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Deputy Director Commissioner John Krickus and Commissioner Kathryn DeFillippo.

Center left: Director Selen presents the proclamation to Tom Werder of Morris Arts.

Bottom right: (lr) Jenna Castano, Dave Sipple, Tom Werder and Weusi Baraka posing with proclamation in the Morris County Atrium, where Morris Arts is currently sponsoring the exhibition ‘Through Women’s Eyes’ – the works of five women artists currently exhibited and freely available to the public.

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