Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Address

1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332-1566
County: Cumberland
www.wheatonarts.org

Contact

Ms. Susan M. Gogan

Grant Amount

$75,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support of museum collections, the region's largest hot glass studio, other artist studios, and arts education activities benefiting a diverse audience of children, teens and adults.

Organization Background

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center's mission is to "engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity" through the interpretation of collections and exhibitions; education initiatives and culturally diverse public programs; residencies and other opportunities for artists. Over the last 44 years, WheatonArts has earned national acclaim for its comprehensive collection of glass, housed in the AAM-Accredited Museum of American Glass; for its 31-year old Fellowship Program, awarding over 350 artists residencies in one of the nation's first amphitheater-style glass studios; and, for its multicultural traditional arts program, which has featured over 55 ethnic/cultural groups.

The NJSCA designation of "Major Arts Institution" attests to Wheaton's high professional standards and program excellence. Program leaders, highly respected by peers, include Studio Creative Director, Hank Adams, a RISD graduate. Hank has received numerous honors and his work is widely exhibited/collected. Iveta Pirgova, Director of Education/Cultural Studies, earned degrees in traditional culture in Bulgaria. A leader in public folklore, Pirgova has published/lectured widely and has served as a U.S. delegate for UNESCO's International Organization of Folk Arts. Kristin Qualls, our Director of Exhibitions and Collections came to Wheaton from the Franklin Institute, where she served as lead exhibition specialist. Susan Gogan, CEO since 2003, has led the organization through a critical institutional post-founder transition, implementing strategic initiatives including an institutional identity shift/name change and promoting the artists' role as key to Wheaton's vitality and sustainability.

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