About Us - PCCHC

The Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College

Established in 1980 by Maria Mazziotti Gillan, its executive director, the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council (PCCHC) is the officially designated county arts, cultural and heritage agency, granting state funds annually to approximately 40 Passaic County organizations.  Through its local arts and history programming, the PCCHC strives to reflect the diversity and preserve the ethnic traditions and cultures of its communities.  Often, events reach beyond local residents, however, drawing an audience from surrounding counties.

Murals created by Halls That Inspire and students of the Paterson Public Schools during 2014.

In addition, PCCHC-funded organizations provide important outreach to inner city and other underserved communities, enriching lives through arts and history programming.  For example, Paterson youth benefit from activities offered by the Paterson Youth Photography Project at Oasis, a non-profit that promotes art appreciation through photography workshops and exhibits.  Another non-profit, Halls That Inspire, creates message-based murals with students in the Paterson Public Schools and other communities throughout Passaic County.  

The PCCHC offers technical workshops and expanded publicity opportunities through its PCCHC website, Facebook page and publications, such as the Arts News and NJ Metropolitan Media Guide. For more information on its Local Arts Program and History Program grants, click on the grants link.

The Art Galleries at PCCC

Passaic County Community College students viewing an art exhibit celebrating National Hispanic Month in the Broadway Gallery.

The PCCHC presents monthly changing exhibits of contemporary art by regional, national and international artists in the Passaic County Community College’s Broadway, LRC and Hamilton Club Galleries.  The Hamilton Club Art Collection, The Federici Studio Sculpture Collection and the Passaic County Community College Contemporary Art Collection are on permanent display in the historic Hamilton Club Building and are open to the public free of charge. Guided tours are available to schools, community groups and the general public.  Free Artist Talks and workshops are also offered to the community.

Visit http://www.pccc.edu/home/cultural-affairs/art-galleries for more details.