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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)November 6, 2008

MAHWAH – Ramapo College of New Jersey received a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) this fall that will help support performing and visual arts programming at the College.

The grant will support art exhibits at the College’s Pascal and Kresge Galleries as well as main stage musical, dance, comedy and drama performances in the Sharp Theater.  The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts serves as the College’s venue for arts programming.

The Berrie Center will present an eclectic slate of music, theater and comedy performances this season with funding support from the grant.  They include folksinger John Gorka; an Eileen Ivers Christmas with the fiddler’s band, Immigrant Soul; Holidays Around the World with the Newark Boys Chorus; an International Russian Music and Dance Festival featuring Barynya, an Eastern European dance and music ensemble and Les Yeux Noirs (The Black Eyes), a Paris-based octet performing klezmer music.  Tickets for the performances are available by calling the box office, 201.684.7844.

Created as an agency of state government, the NJSCA operates as a division within the Department of State.  The council encourages and gives financial support to artists, arts organizations and projects throughout New Jersey.  The NJSCA is the largest single contributor to the arts in New Jersey and serves as an advocate for arts activities and events in the state. The NJSCA receives funding through direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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