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

$65,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

To advance Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center's mission to engage artists and audiences.

Organization Background

The mission of Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center 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 46 years, Wheaton has earned national acclaim for its comprehensive collection of glass, housed in the AAM-Accredited Museum of American Glass; for its 33-year old Fellowship Program, awarding over 370 artist residencies in one of the nation's first amphitheater-style glass studios; and, for its multicultural traditional arts program, which has featured over 65 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 vision of Wheaton to be an innovative center for arts and culture by 1) embracing the role of artists and the creative process in order to involve, inspire and educate diverse audiences; 2) continuing to preserve and honor the history of American glassmaking, and to utilize our collection and other resources to provide a lens as we embrace and interpret traditional and new art; 3) deepening our commitment to meeting the needs of our local community, while advancing programs that serve regional, national and international audiences; 4) providing an art-centered sanctuary; a place where our guests can explore creative expression, where artists are invited to create in a nurturing environment, and where all may learn from each other.

The American glass collection, a cornerstone of the history of Wheaton, 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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