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 to engage artists and audiences in the exploration of creativity through glass-making and education and outreach programs and exhibitions.

Organization Background

The mission of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (dba WheatonArts) 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 45 years, Wheaton has earned national acclaim for its comprehensive collection of glass, housed in the AAM-Accredited Museum of American Glass; for its 32-year old Fellowship Program, awarding over 360 artist 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.

The mission "to engage" is central to the artistic vision of Wheaton which includes: 1) acknowledgement that every person has the ability to think creatively and to develop one's own creative processes to add unique meaning, fulfillment and benefit both personally and to their community; 2) a belief in the role of artists as teachers of the creative process; 3) deep appreciation for history as a resource; 4) commitment to artistic excellence; and 5) belief in the public value of the arts in our society.

The American glass collection, a cornerstone of the history of Wheaton, the State of New Jersey and the nation, is seminal to the study and appreciation of glass as a vital artistic medium. Wheaton also provides a supportive environment for both emerging and established artists to work, and supports a professional and educational interpretation of their work to visitors. Museum and gallery exhibits, artist residencies, interpretive artist demonstrations in various mediums, student outreach programs, lectures, classes, hands-on educational opportunities for children and adults, collector's seminars and multicultural events attract over 60,000 on-site visitors per year, with an additional 75,000 individuals impacted annually through off-site demonstrations and lectures at wide-ranging venues.

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