Morris County Proclaims October “Arts & Humanities Month”

Morris Arts and Friends Join Presentation

With the proclamation, (l-r) Director Selen, Tom Werder, Jenna Castano, Dave Sipple,  Weusi Baraka, Commissioner Deborah Smith, Commissioner Stephen Shaw, Commissioner Deputy Director John Krickus and Commissioner Kathryn DeFillippo.

The Morris County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October 2022 “Arts and Humanities Month” last night during a work session meeting in Morristown.

Commissioner Director Tayfun Selen read parts of the formal resolution as he presented the framed proclamation to Tom Werder, Executive Director of Morris Arts. Werder was joined by Weusi Baraka, Director of Arts in Community for Morris Arts; Dave Sipple, President, Morris Music Men, and Jenna Castano, Director of Marketing and Communications for Morris Arts.

“Tonight, Morris County will resume an annual practice that was interrupted by the pandemic.  The Board of County Commissioners will formally recognize the month of October to be Arts and Humanities Month by virtue of the proclamation I now hold,” said Director Selen.

“It says in part, that we honor arts and humanities because they have come to embody much of the accumulated wisdom, understanding and imagination amassed over the centuries by humankind and have allowed us to explore ideas, express emotions and better appreciate the diverse and many cultures around the globe,” the director added.

Many organizations, nonprofits and small businesses involved in the arts and humanities benefited from the Morris County Small Business Grant Program, which was launched on Valentine’s Day and closed to applications last month.  Designed to assist small businesses and nonprofits still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 723 grants had been approved as of Sept. 30, although many applications submitted by that deadline are still under review.

Among the grants were more than 40 approved for groups such as the Growing Stage in Netcong, the Morris County Art Association, the Morris Museum, the Denville String Band, the All Children’s Art Center, The Barn Theatre, the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey and, of course, The Morris Arts.

The Morris Arts has been actively promoting the arts in Morris County for nearly 50 years and that work is noted in the proclamation presented last night.


Director Selen presents proclamation to Tom Werder of Morris Arts.

(l-r) Jenna Castano, Dave Sipple, Tom Werder and  Weusi Baraka posing with proclamation in the Morris County atrium, where Morris Arts is currently sponsoring the “Through Women’s Eyes” exhibit – the works of five women artists now on display and available for viewing by the public for free.

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