On April 7, 2016 the Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, in conjunction with Ocean County College and the Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, will present the sixth annual Salute to Ocean County: A Celebration of Arts and Heritage. This event—which is free and open to the public—will honor Ocean County’s outstanding cultural organizations, and recognize exceptional local artists, historians, preservationists, educators and government leaders.

In addition to acknowledging the recipients of the Commission’s Local Arts and History Program Grants, the evening will feature awards for distinction in the arts and history, and performances by students Critiqued for Excellence as part of the 2016 Teen Arts Festival of Ocean County. The Teen Arts Festival is a prominent showcase for young artists. Students from a selection of local high schools in the county exhibit, perform and present their work, which is then critiqued by professional artists from throughout the state.

Other highlights of the evening will include the Pauline S. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award for Ocean County History, a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in Ocean County, and an Special Recognition for the Arts and Special Recognition for Advancement of the Arts in Ocean County.

The event, to be held at the Arts and Community Center at Ocean County College, will begin with a dessert reception at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by students from the Culinary Arts Program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School and guests will be invited to view artwork from the 2016 Teen Arts Festival, which will be on display in the Ocean County College Gallery.