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Culture and Heritage

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Idamis Perez-Margicin, Division Chief

Tricia Fagan, program development specialist
Cheryl Reed, graphic artist
Lisa Tramo, administrative secretary
Phone:   609-278-2712 
Fax:   609-278-6672
Mail:   640 S. Broad St., P.O. Box 8068

  Trenton, NJ 08650-0068

Mercer County's Cultural and Heritage Commission is committed to enriching the lives of County residents through the promotion of art, cultural and historic programming. It does so by supporting existing County-based arts and history organizations as well as offering special cultural events and supporting exhibition opportunities for local artists.

Programs and services are offered through the Mercer County Division of Culture & Heritage, the government arm of the Commission. The Division partners and works with local arts, history and cultural groups, civic and governmental organizations, and public and private educational institutions annually. The Division offers two grant programs for local non-profits: a Local Arts Program Grant, offered through a State/County Block Grant Partnership from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) with funding from the National Endowment of the Arts; and a Mercer County History Regrant program, offered with support from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

The Division sponsors two annual cultural festivals: Teen Arts and the County's Cultural Festival. It also supports an annual Mercer County Artists show and a biennial Mercer County Photo exhibition. It partners with the County's Office on Aging in offering the annual Mercer County Senior Art Show, and administers the statewide New Jersey Senior Citizen Art Show as a co-sponsor with the NJSCA. "Purchase Award Winners" from the Mercer County Artists and Photo shows become a part of the County's Permanent Art Collection, on display at the McDade Administration Building in Trenton.

Contacts for annual/biennial events:

Cultural Festival:
Teen Arts Festival:
Mercer County Artist or Mercer County Photography Show:
Mercer County Senior Art Show:

 AEP5 Cover

Special Projects

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5

Throughout 2016, the Division and the County's Office on Economic Opportunity partnered with the national arts advocacy group Americans for the Arts on Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5), a national survey studying the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Twenty-five of the County's non-profit arts and cultural organizations responded to the detailed survey and more participated in the audience intercept survey process during the year. The County is extremely grateful to those organizations for their time and commitment. A list of those organizations may be found here.

The customized snapshot provided for Mercer County demonstrate that the County's cultural industry is an important engine for local economy, generating thousands of jobs, leveraging - as well as expending - many millions of dollars annually, and driving the larger cultural and heritage tourism engine so integral to this region. The study also helps to underscore the generosity of the local cultural community, with more than 1,700 volunteers contributing close to 89,000 hours to the 25 organizations who reported.

The links below provide additional information on the Mercer County survey results, as well as results for the State of New Jersey, overall and the national AEP5 study.

 Mercer County AEP5 summary
 ArtPride NJ (statewide) AEP5 information
 Americans for the Arts AEP5