Morris County Proclaims October Arts and Humanities Month

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

MORRIS COUNTY – The Morris County Board of Commissioners proclaimed October 2022 Arts and Humanities Month at a recent business session meeting in Morristown.

Director Selen presents the proclamation to Tom Werder of Morris Arts

Commissioner-Director Tayfun Selen read portions of the official resolution while presenting 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.

“Tonight Morris County will resume an annual practice that has been interrupted by the pandemic. The County Board of Commissioners will officially recognize October as Arts and Humanities Month by virtue of the proclamation I now hold,” Principal 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 for applications on last month. Designed to help small businesses and nonprofits still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 723 grants had been approved as of September 30, though many applications submitted before that deadline are still under review.

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

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

Jenna Castano, Dave Sipple, Tom Werder and Weusi Baraka posing with proclamation in the Morris County Atrium, where Morris Arts is currently sponsoring the ‘Through Women’s Eyes’ exhibition – the works of five women artists now on display and available to the public free



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