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 Mercer County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Our cultural resources enrich our lives on a daily basis. Mercer County knows this, and has supported the growth of its Art and History Communities for almost 50 years.

The Board of Chosen Freeholders created the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission on March 17, 1970 to serve as an Advisory Board to the Division of Culture and Heritage. The Statutes enabled the Division, with the Commission's input, to develop County programs to promote public interest in local and county history, in the visual and performing arts, and in the cultural values, goals and traditions of the community.

The Commission is composed of up to nine volunteer citizens appointed for 5-year terms by the County Executive. The Commission and the Division share in the responsibility of reviewing and making funding decisions on the  Local Arts Program Grants and the Mercer County History Regrants.

Current Commissioners

Nora Anaños                            Graphics design consultant and professional translator

Laura Desai                              Director, global studies, The Pennington School

Deborah Ford                           Music director/instructor, Trinity Academy/Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Vocalist.

Richard W. Hunter, PhD           Founder, principal archaeologist and president, Hunter Research. Historian.

Mel Leipzig                               Professor emeritus, Art & Art History, Mercer County Community College. Artist.

Milagros (Millee) Medina          Language instructor, Pemberton High School (Commission Chair)

Ted Plunkett                             Director, visual & performing arts, Trenton Public Schools. Musician.