Perkins Center for the Arts

Address

395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
County: Burlington
www.perkinscenter.org

Contact

Ms. Diane A. Felcyn

Grant Amount

$50,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To support Perkins Center for the Arts in providing fee-based and free arts education and arts programs to a diverse audience; supporting the belief that quality arts experiences have the power to transform lives and bring about positive change. Through programs, partnerships, and audience engagement we are committed to building vibrant communities in NJ.

Organization Background

Perkins Center for the Arts strives to enrich lives and inspire learning, collaboration, interdisciplinary & intercultural experiences through the arts with programs and services which include; a conservatory of music; visual & performing arts classes; exhibitions; concerts; artist-led school residency programs; a scholarship and fee-based camp for urban and suburban youth; and community enrichment projects throughout South Jersey. Since its 1977 incorporation in Moorestown, Perkins Center has become a regional arts center presenting programs that support and expand relationships with artists, students, members and South Jersey audiences. In 2002, the Center expanded to a second facility in Collingswood, NJ. This location has enabled us to expand programs and reach new audiences in Camden County.

Mission

To promote excellence in the Arts and to provide a wide range of creative opportunities for all people at every level of artistic development.

Vision

With the Arts at its core Perkins Center strives to be a catalyst for positive change, engaging individuals and the community.

At Perkins Center we value:

• an environment that supports the arts as essential to our humanity.

• the imagination, knowledge and discipline of art making.

• the culture of contribution that has inspired our legacy through preserving and stewarding our creative, environmental and historical resources.

• a culture of integrity, respect, inclusion, teamwork, humor, service and excellence.

Perkins Center is recognized by the NJ State Council on the Arts as a Major Presenting Organization for free and fee-based arts programs that promote participation, understanding, and communication among diverse audiences. Perkins Center has a 13 member board of trustees and a staff of 13. The staff includes: Executive Director; Associate Director; Director of Arts Education; three education positions; Curator; Folklorist; Finance; and administrative support positions. Key personnel are actively involved in the Statewide Arts Community: Alan Willoughby, is on the board of ArtPride, chairing the Governance Committee and serving on the Keep It Green ad hoc committee; Diane Felcyn, is active in the NJ Arts Education Partnership Steering Committee and a recent graduate of the Dodge Foundation's Emerging Leaders Program; and Karen Chigounis, is on the NJSCA Arts Education Collective.

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