Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center Inc.

aka WheatonArts   |   Millville, NJ   |  http://www.wheatonarts.org

Mission

WheatonArts engages artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity, through the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, and dynamic Artist Studios. As home to the Museum of American Glass, Down Jersey Folklife Center, Creative Glass Center of America and a complex of dynamic public-access Artist Studios, Wheaton Arts advances its mission to "engage artists and audiences in an evolving exploration of creativity" by: 1) Serving as a center for life-long learning for audiences of all ages and backgrounds, with programs featuring culturally diverse traditional and contemporary arts, and direct interaction with practicing artists; 2) Housing the nations largest collection of American glass; as a cornerstone of NJ's history, the foundation of our organizational history, and as a vital artistic medium; 3) Providing a supportive environment for artists to work, while delivering a professional, honest, and articulate interpretation of their work to visitors. The core of our work includes 1) excellent exhibits in traditional and contemporary arts; 2) the care and preservation of the nation?s largest collection of American glass, housed in the Museum of American Glass, one of nine AAM Accredited museums in the State of NJ; 3) Multi-cultural programs presented by the Down Jersey Folklife Center, the largest folklife center in NJ, featuring the diverse and culturally rich traditions in the southern eight counties. 4) Educational programs benefiting up to 12,000 students per year, many of whom are at-risk; 5) Valuable opportunities for artists, as highlighted by our Creative Glass Center's Fellowship Program, serving over 250 artists from 18 countries and 25 states, since 1983.

Ruling year info

1970

Principal Officer

Ms. Susan Gogan

Main address

1501 Glasstown Rd

Millville, NJ 08332

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EIN

22-1849118

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

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Daily public programs include museum, folklife and gallery exhibits; docent tours; artist's demonstrations; and hands-on opportunities. Artists are served through fellowship residencies, visiting artist programs, studio assistantships and internships. Education programs include curriculum related programs for general and at-risk students, teacher professional development, seminars, open studios, classes and workshops. A nationally recognized craft festival and a biennial contemporary glass exposition highlight 10 special weekend events. WheatonArts operates in 18 buildings, on 60 wooded acres, and is open six days a week most of the year, with a reduced schedule in the winter months.

Attendance in 2005 was 73% Adults; 27% Students. 16% of adults are seniors, and 13% of the total reflects complimentary admissions. Geographic breakdown: 51% Southern NJ; 12% Northern NJ; 15% PA; 14% other Mid Atlantic states; 8% Other States; 1% International. (Figures based on 21% of attendees surveyed). WheatonArts is in Cumberland County, one of the most economically challenged in NJ. All major cities are UEZ zones and each school district is an Abbott District, reflecting financial need, low achievement levels, and high "at-risk" populations. Using the Census data, our audience is: White 76.5%; African-American 12.9%; Asian 2.1%; Hispanic/Latino 7.5%; Native American .3%; Other.8%; 10% w/ disabilities. Artist participants are estimated at 25% cultural diversity.

Wheaton Arts holds the conviction that the arts must be an integral part of the education of all citizens and there should be special emphasis on school age children, as a part of their basic education. In support of this conviction, and our own mission to "engage artists and audiences" WA integrates education into virtually all programming, public and otherwise. Additionally, WA supports state education goals, which recommend the arts to be fully integrated into the core curriculum of NJ students. Formal arts ed programs include teacher's professional development, for-credit college internships, and education programs for general and "at-risk" students. Future emphasis will be placed development of new programs, including a new preschool "GrowCreative" program. Informal public education includes: Museum and folklife exhibit interpretation, artist demonstrations, artist workshops, family workshops, participatory performances; Make Your Own programs; Seminars; Docent classes, Lectures and Fellowships.

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Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Beverly Narbut

Keith Ragone

Peter Leone

Eileen Hallissey

Rita Moonsammy

Rene Pagluighi

Elizabeth Kratovil

Jerome Johnson