Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Cultural adn Heritage Commission is a division of The Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation

Associates

Northern Regional Cultural Council

The NRCC was developed as an outgrowth of the Ocean County Cultural Plan created in 2002. At the time, regional arts and cultural heritage councils within Ocean County were established to assist in the implementation of the cultural plan to each region’s specific needs which in turn would help to strengthen the role of arts and cultural heritage in Ocean County.

Members of the NRCC

  • Camille Biamonte
  • Inger Dooley
  • Jeannie Kellington
  • Sal Marino
  • Jennifer Sancton
  • Bob Anstett
  • Tim Hart - Liaison
  • Doris Czarnecki
  • Marijane Halloran
  • Bobbi Krantz
  • Paige Miller
  • Janet Spahr
  • Bob Anstett (1933-2009) – Founding Member NRCC

Cultural Access Advisory Committee

  • Jeanine Niemira, Commission member of the County Commission on Individuals with Disabilities
  • Michele Niemira, arts/cultural advocate, assists Jeanine
  • Scott Lepley, arts/cultural advocate, knowledge of physical access issues, Architect, Adamson, Riva & Lepley. Member, Commission on Individuals with Disabilities. Knowledgeable about building/facility issues
  • Frank Kowalczyk. Affiliated with Stafford Township Historical Society, Tuckerton Seaport, Ocean County Historical Society. Hearing disability advocate
  • Camille Crane. Past director of the Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ. She is a former immigration advocate and former program coordinator for Catholic Charities. She currently serves as the Program Director for SHARP in Ocean County
  • Mary Jane Bavais Mehorter, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation and ADA coordinator the Ocean County Parks & Recreation Department
  • Michael Blatt, MSW,LCSW, Coordinator Ocean County Office for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Jaclyn Stewart Wood, director of Education for the Tuckerton Seaport and Director of the Jersey Shore Folklife Center. She serves as the ADA Coordinator for the Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
  • Kim Fleischer, part time financial manager and active in the life and educational challenges of children with Autism
  • Dr. Francis Polk, retired attorney and college dean, advocate and coordinator of issues of adults with developmental issues

Ocean County Council of Maritime Museums

  • New Jersey Maritime Museum
  • New Jersey Museum of Boating
  • Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum
  • Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen’s Museum

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Forum

  • Amergael
  • Barnegat Light Museum
  • LBI Foundation of Arts and Sciences
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
  • Murray Grove Association
  • NJ Maritime Museum
  • Ocean County College
  • Ocean Professional Theatre
  • Reclam The Bay
  • Southern Ocean Birding Group
  • Southern Ocean Branches of Ocean County Library
  • St. Francis Community Center
  • Stafford Historical Society
  • Stockton College
  • Surflight Theatre
  • Tuckerton Seaport

New Jersey Cultural Trust

The New Jersey Cultural Trust was created in July 2000 as a public/private partnership to help ensure a stable and healthy nonprofit cultural industry in New Jersey that is sustainable even in the toughest of economic times. The Trust provides grants to support capital projects, endowments and institutional and financial stabilization of arts, history and humanities organizations in New Jersey. Funding for the grants comes from interest earned on the Cultural Trust Fund, which is a permanent investment fund. Visit their website

New Jersey Historical Commission

The New Jersey Historical Commission is a state agency within the Department of State dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. All of its grant funding is provided by legislative appropriation. The New Jersey Historical Commission offers General Operating Support Grants, Project grants and Minigrants to support a variety of programs and activities related to New Jersey history. It also offers prizes and free archival evaluation services through the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service or CAPES. Visit their website

New Jersey Historic Trust

The New Jersey Historic Trust was created by law in 1967 to preserve New Jersey's historic resources across the state. The mission of the Trust is to advance historic preservation in New Jersey for the benefit of future generations through education, stewardship and financial investment programs that save our heritage and strengthen our communities. Visit their website

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The Council was created in 1966 by Public Law Chapter 214 and consists of 17 members, all appointed by the Governor for terms of three years, and three ex-officio members. The mission of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts is to improve the quality of life in this state, its people and communities by helping the arts to flourish. The programs and services of the Council annually support thousands of public arts events in every corner of the state which reach audiences exceeding 18 million and help stimulate over $1.5 billion in economic activity for New Jersey. Visit their website

Discover Jersey Arts

Discover Jersey Arts (DJA) is a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council of the Arts working in partnership with other cultural service organizations statewide including New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. The project’s mission is to increase the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. Visit their website