Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College

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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.

Weaving the Silk City’s textile industry past with its future, Cristina Deutsch curated an eco-friendly fashion art installation, Paterson Eco-Chic, at the Paterson Museum from September 2017 through January 2018. The exhibit includes fifteen art pieces produced by Bergen County Academies students and guest designers and artists, including “Textile Goddess” and "Cyber Boots on the Ground" by Victoria Pero (above). The art is made of recyclable materials donated by  Paterson manufacturing companies.

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 PCCHC Events Newsletter and NJ Metropolitan Media Guide. For more information on its Local Arts Program and County Historic Partnership Program grants, click on the grants link.

The Art Galleries at PCCC

Former curator, Jane Haw, who was with the PCCC Art Galleries for 17 years before her recent retirement, is shown here leading a tour of the Hamilton Club for Paterson Public School #18 students on May 23, 2017.

The PCCHC presents rotating 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.

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