Come celebrate with us at Salute to Ocean County on April 19, 2018!

 In Arts, Education, Home Page

by: Kelly Fliller

If you are looking for a fun evening full of arts and exciting performances from talented Ocean County arts students, then you definitely want to attend the 2018 Salute to Ocean County. This celebration of arts and heritage, run by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission in conjunction with Ocean County College and the Grunin Foundation, will take place on Thursday, April 19 at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College.

The night begins with a reception at 6:30pm in the Grunin Center lobby. You will enjoy light refreshments while networking with other members of the arts, business, education and non-profit communities. When you’re ready to tackle your sweet tooth, venture upstairs for dessert and a tour through the art gallery where you will see the amazing visual arts work of students from the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival.

At 7pm, the evening continues inside the theater where there will be several performances from students who were Critiqued for Excellence at the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. Be prepared to be wowed by instrumental, vocal, dance and theater performances as well as visual art and poetry.

There will be award presentations throughout the evening including Ocean County Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for Ocean County History and John C. Bartlett, Jr. Government Leadership Award. One of my favorite parts of Salute to Ocean County in addition to the performances, is watching the documentaries of the award winners.

Rather than give acceptance speeches, the award winners are filmed over a couple of months for a five-minute documentary that will play when they are called up to receive their award. This is part of a program funded by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation that pairs three high school television or audio/visual departments with three professional media consultants. Students learn the ins and outs of video production and editing while having the opportunity to create something meaningful that will last a lifetime. These documentaries have become very popular over the last few years.

At the end of the evening, the Foundation will give awards to the top performers, as chosen by the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in each category – documentary, visual arts, creative writing, video and performance.

This is sure to be a night full of fun, arts and culture. You don’t want to miss this.

There is no cost to attend this event and it is open to the public!!!!!

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