New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) has designated Goya Foods, Inc. as its Official Sponsor of Latin Programming and Education in an agreement to advance Latin culture in the state through performance, literacy, arts training, nutrition in schools, and community engagement.
A $100,000 grant from the New Jersey-based company will help support NJPAC programs, such as Dancing Classrooms™ – a nationally recognized ballroom dance competition for fifth- and eighth-graders in Greater Newark – and Books on the Move, which brings dramatic readings of children’s books to libraries and community centers.
In addition, NJPAC will be a conduit for Goya Foods’ MyPlate (MiPlato) Nutrition Program by introducing Meriterese Racanelli, Food Scientist/Nutritionist for Goya, to a pair of culinary programs in Newark. The MyPlate campaign was created in 2012, when Goya Foods collaborated with the USDA and Michelle Obama to educate Hispanic and general market consumers about healthy eating.
“I’m a great admirer of the philanthropy practiced by Goya Foods throughout the world, so I’m especially gratified that the company shares our mission and is now part of the family,” said NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber. “As the sponsor of concerts by Latin artists and special programs that focus on nutrition and literacy, Goya Foods will be a valued partner and advocate for positive change in our diverse cultural community.”
President of Goya Foods Bob Unanue added,“We are proud to support the programs offered at NJPAC because of the organization’s commitment to promoting the overall well-being of our communities throughout New Jersey and beyond.”
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Newark Arts recently celebrated the life and career of Ellen Lambert, recently retired Chief Diversity Officer of PSEG, President of PSEG Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship and Culture at a festive fundraiser in Newark.
The venue was transformed into a sculpture garden featuring a specially-commissioned energy-powered work by lighting artist Sunil Garg. The one-of-a-kind fundraising event highlighted Lambert’s career as an advocate for women, underserved populations, social investment and the arts.
“What an honor it was to be recognized as a champion for diversity both in the corporate sector and in the arts,” Lambert said. “I am quite pleased to have been a part of this exciting event to raise much needed dollars to support the arts community in Newark.”
Funds raised will help sustain the non-profit’s efforts to support community-driven initiatives. The organization is well-known for the Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival, an annual fall tour of public and private art spaces, studios and galleries across the city.
Newark Arts has awarded over $500,000 in grants to neighborhood individuals and local organizations through the ArtStart program. Newark Arts is also the incubator of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable, a strategic alliance of 80+ arts education stakeholders, who ensure that Newark early learners and students have equitable access to high quality, sequential arts education opportunities.
When asked to reflect on the event, Newark Arts Executive Director Jeremy Johnson said, “There is no more deserving honoree than Ellen Lambert. Her career is a testament to the power of diversity, and Newark Arts has always been at the forefront of diversity in the arts.”
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#HipNJ spent a lovely afternoon at the NJPAC Women’s Association Annual Luncheon. An annual favorite, the event is a truly unique experience hosting over 500 prominent and high profile women business leaders and philanthropists from the NJ metro area onstage for lunch on-stage at Prudential Hall.
This year’s keynote address was given by Mikki Taylor, editor, speaker, author and proud “Brick City girl!” She shared messages of empowerment and strength from her new book, Editor in Chic: How to Style and Be Your Most Empowered Self with host Michelle Miller of CBS News.
Here are some of the day’s highlights. For more, visit #HipNJ on Instagram and view our story from the day:
The day began with a networking reception and festive silent auction.
One of the event’s unique features were on-site professional headshots!
We enjoyed a healthy and delicious lunch before the program.
#HipNJ sat center stage for the afternoon’s keynote presentation with Mikki Taylor, editor, speaker, author and proud “Brick City girl!”
Just some of #HipNJ’s favorite women!