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 Mission Statement

The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission was established by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders on January 9, 1969. By encouraging creative and cultural expressions through inclusiveness and education, the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission promotes public interest in the arts and the preservation of culture and heritage.

 Vision Statement

The Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission will be the primary leader and catalyst in promoting the arts and cultural heritage in Ocean County.


The Commission of nine members and two alternates and its staff constitutes the central county agency charged with advocating for the arts and humanities in Ocean County. It develops, fosters, and evaluates programs and services in the arts and history which further the growth and knowledge of the County's cultural and heritage resources. The staff works directly with individuals, organizations, and community groups, as well as municipal, state, regional, and federal agencies to enhance and advance local arts and history activities.

Look Back at the American Civil War
Thursday, September 12, 2013 12:00
Noon This year, the Garden State Philharmonic will provide a brass section to play period music including the first known rendition in over 100 years of the Grand March of the Ninth Regiment dedicated to Miss Mary A. Perrine. For a brochure click here

Mexico Beyond Mariachi at Ocean County College
Friday, October 11,2013
Two Shows: l0:00AM & 12:00 Noon The Arts & Community Center of Ocean County College Funded in Part by the IJ State Council on the Arts, a partner of the National Endowment for the Arts. Join Five Talented performers as they demonstrate there's more to Mexico than mariachis and sombreros. With colorful, costumes, authentic instruments , and lively music and dance, the performers explore the richly textured culture that has evolved over five hundred years of native life and foreign influence. An exuberant feast for the senses-it's like being at an outdoor Mexican market! Primary artists are AIda Reuter & Peter Bogdanos. Limited funds for school bus transportation. Please call 732-929-4779 For a brochure click here

Visit our  Out & About Online Event Calendar for information on events in Ocean County.

For more information about Out & About submissions click here

Our free publication Out & About Ocean County is produced four times annually, highlighting arts, cultural & heritage events taking place in Ocean County.

The news guide features an event listing, articles spotlighting an event and its producing organization, other relevant cultural topics, news and updates from the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

CULTURAL PLAN click here

To learn more about Cedar Bridge Tavern click here

To read more about Ocean County and the American Civil War (1861-1865) to honor and remember 150 years click here

For more information on our Consultation Services click here

Please click here for the Arts, Culture and Heritage Roll Call survey.

To download the forms and guidelines for Local History Program grants click here

To download the forms and guidelines for Local Arts Program Grants click here


Making history and the arts accessible to all people is a major priority of the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission. Every organization receiving grant funds is expected to encourage and develop the participation of a broad cross section of citizens, including, but not limited to, diverse ethnic populations, individuals with disabilities, older adults, and women. Accessibility involves both the facilities used for programming and offices, as well as the content of the programming activity, or product. Approved: January 17, 2012
Visit our new webpage for more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the upcoming Open Arts Conference - Universal Access.shifting perspectives through creative momentum

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