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7/20/2021 - Somerset County to Host Arts and History Symposium Via Zoom on July 27

Somerset County to Host Arts and History Symposium Via Zoom on July 27

A Free Virtual Webinar Is Open to Residents  ‘Arts, Heritage, and History as Social and Economic Drivers’

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Residents are invited to join Somerset County Commissioner Melonie Marano, along with experts in the fields of arts, cultural heritage, tourism, and film for a virtual symposium titled “Arts, Heritage, History as Social and Economic Drivers.” The symposium will be held virtually via Zoom and presented in a webinar format on July 27 at 9 a.m. To register, visit

“I encourage folks to join the symposium to learn how collaboration across sectors can help engage and celebrate diverse populations making Somerset County unique,” said Commissioner Melonie Marano, Cultural & Heritage liaison. “Arts and History programs help create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenue, stimulate the tourism industry, and increase consumer spending. Though equally as important these programs help create a more beautiful place for all human senses, and that improves the quality of life for everyone."

The goal for the symposium is to get expert input and inspiration for improving public engagement with the arts, history, and cultural heritage as well as ways to expand economic opportunities within Somerset County.

The roster of panelists include: Executive Director Steven Gorelick, NJ Motion Picture and Television Commission; President and CEO Taneshia Nash Laird, Newark Symphony Hall; Passaic County Assistant Administrator and Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs Director Kelly C. Ruffel; and Director of Arts & Culture Ben Stone, Smart Growth America.

To learn more, visit For more information about Somerset County Cultural & Heritage, go to

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission

The Somerset County Cultural Heritage Commission (SCC&HC) is a nine-member committee, appointed by the Somerset County Commissioners, who are responsible for developing county programs that promote public interest in local and county history, the arts, cultural values and goals, as well as traditions of the community, state and nation.

The SCC&HC is committed to facilitating equal access to programs, services and resources for all people without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability.

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