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Thursday, July 3, 2014

News From The New Jersey Theatre Alliance

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On June 19, the Sixth Annual Excellence in Cultural Access Awards was held at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Three organizations and one individual were honored for their leadership, innovation, and commitment to increasing accessibility to the arts for people with disabilities. The Awards are offered annually by the Cultural Access Network Project, a co-sponsored program of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Congratulations to all of the award recipients.

Attendees at the 6th Annual Awards Luncheon

Two River Theater received the Leadership Award for their accessibility programs and virtual tour initiative, which enables patrons to view their space before attending a performance and/or event.
From L to R: John McEwen, Michael Hurst, Jennifer Collins, Adam Haratz, Don Ehman, and Beth Bienvenu

John Pietrowski from Playwrights Theatre received an Innovator Award for their pioneering efforts in the field -- most notably their partnership with Special Olympics New Jersey. They commissioned a script, hired actors, and performed the piece for their volunteer training sessions.

Enable, Inc and Grounds For Sculpture received an Innovator Award for their partnership of art-making workshops and exhibition for Enable's participants.
From L to R: John McEwen, Sharon Copeland, Cassandra Demski, Don Ehman, and Beth Bienvenu

Director of the Mercer County Office for the Disabled, Thomas Shaw-Gardner received the Champion Award for his continuous support and service in the field of accessibility.

Our featured artist, 12-year-old Jodi DiPiazza sang, "I Don't Know How to Love Him," and "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" during our Lunch and Awards Program.

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