Excellence in Cultural Access Awards | New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Excellence in Cultural Access Awards

  • Audience at the 7th annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards. Photo by Ruth Zamoyta.
    Audience at the 7th annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards. Photo by Ruth Zamoyta.
  • Champion Award winner Jason Weiland of the NJ Divsion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with his children and Adam Haratz of Two River Theater
    Champion Award winner Jason Weiland of the NJ Divsion for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with his children and Adam Haratz of Two River Theater. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
  • Champion Award winner Pamela Gaston of the NJ Commission on the Blind and Hard of Hearing. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
    Champion Award winner Pamela Gaston of the NJ Commission on the Blind and Hard of Hearing. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
  • Artist Chris Saglimbene, client at Matheny Medical and Educational Centers Arts Access Program. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
    Chris Saglimbene, artist at Matheny Medical and Educational Centers Arts Access Program. Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Below are some photos from the 7th annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards ceremony which was hosted at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ, on June 18, 2015. The awards were sponsored by the Cultural Access Network Project (CAN), a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, view the press release.

Eileen Murray accepts Innovator Award from NJ State Council on the Arts Don Ehman on behalf of Matheny Medical and Educational Centers Arts Access Program.

Eileen Murray accepts the Leadership Award from NJ State Council on the Arts' Don Ehman on behalf of Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program, located in Peapack, NJ. Arts Access enables people with disabilities to express themselves with true creative liberty, and to share their works with the public. Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Pamela Gaston and her supporters

Pamela Gaston of Maplewood, NJ, Community Involvement Specialist at the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, winner of the Champion Award for over 40 years of service (shown with friends and family). Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Jason Weiland, winner of the Chamion Award, with sons.

Jason Weiland of Highland Park, NJ, Field Representative at the New Jersey Division for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, winner of the Champion Award for his service to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (with his children). Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Music for All Seasons Voices of Valor wins the Innovator Award.

Music for All Seasons of Scotch Plains received an Innovator Award for Voices of Valor®, a program that helps veterans heal through musical expression.  Pictured left to right: Assistant Secretary of State Dr. Carol Cronheim, Music for All Seasons' founders Rena Fruchter and Brian Dallow, New Jersey Theatre Alliance Executive Director John McEwen, New Jersey State Council on the Arts board member Carol Herbert, and Cultural Access Network Committee Member Susan Coen. Photo by David Kelly Crow.

John McEwen of NJ Theatre Alliance and Jedediah Wheeler of Montclair State Universitys Peak Performances.

John McEwen of New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director of Peak Performances with an Innovator Award. Peak Performances, a program of Montclair State University, featured three productions involving artists with disabilities in its 2014/2015 season. Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Thomas Shaw Gardner of the Cultural Access Network presents Maria Lupo of Atlantic Health Services with the Innovator Award for The Harmonies: A Therapeutic Singing Group.

Thomas Shaw-Gardner, member of the Cultural Access Network Committee, presents Maria Lupo of Atlantic Health System at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, with an Innovator Award for The Harmonies: A Therapeutic Singing Group, a community choir music therapy program for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers. Photo by David Kelly Crow.

Arlene Romoff of the Cultural Access Network Committee presents Jackie Neill of Middlesex County Office of Parks  Recreation and Middlesex County Freeholder Thomas Tomaro with the County Achievement Award

Arlene Romoff of the Cultural Access Network Committee presents Jackie Neill of Middlesex County's Office of Parks and Recreation and Middlesex County Freeholder Thomas Tomaro with the County Achievement in Cultural Access Award for Plays in the Park, a summer outdoor theatrical program that produces musicals in the outdoor facility at Roosevelt Park in Edison, NJ. The staff is dedicated to providing open-captioned performances, assistive listening devices, sign-language interpreted performances, and audio description for selected performances. 

We look forward to the next award ceremony in summer 2016, and hope you will join us!

This event was made possible in part by the generosity of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s access initiatives are made possible by The Fund for New Jersey Blind, Kessler Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement.