Departments & Services

Cultural Arts

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Annual Community Art Show
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation proudly presents our Annual Community Art Show to be held at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge in early spring.

Mayor's Art Awards
The Mayor's Arts Awards are dedicated to honoring those individuals and organizations demonstrating exemplary leadership in and dedication the fine and performing arts in Bernards Township. Awardees will be honored at the Parks & Recreation Department's First Annual Township Art Show and Reception held on the first Sunday in February at the Somerset County Environmental Education Center. Click here for a listing of past recipients.

Annual Amateur Photography Competition
Bernards Township Parks & Recreation proudly presents our Annual Essence of Bernards Amateur Photography Competition. Township residents, Kindergarten – 12th grades and adults, are invited to submit their photos that capture the "essence" of Bernards Township. All entries will be showcased at the Township's Annual Charter Day Celebration.

Youth Guitar Instruction
Acoustic guitar instruction for beginners currently in grades 3-6.

Plays in the Park
Free outdoor theatrical performances held each summer at the Pleasant Valley Park Amphitheater in conjunction with the Trilogy Repertory Company. Past musical productions have included The Music Man, Oliver, H.M.S Pinafore, Kiss Me, Kate and Peter Pan. Past classical productions have included Shakespeare’s Macbeth, As You Like It, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night.

Click here for the full program for this year’s Musical Production and Classical Production. Click here for current season audition information.

Summer Concert Series
Free outdoor concerts held each summer at Pleasant Valley Park.

Summer Family Films
Free outdoor movies held each summer at Dunham Park.

Broadway Theater Trips and Other Family Bus Trips
Trips offered at various times throughout the year.

Charter Day
Cultural Arts are a significant part of our annual Charter Day Celebration, including a student and senior art show, a teen battle of the bands, and both daytime and evening musical entertainment.

Senior Art Classes and Trips
Art classes are scheduled for those active older adults looking to learn and have fun with art. Open to all levels - beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Seasonal sessions offered in fall, winter and spring. Seasonal trips are also offered to local theaters, museums and gardens.

Cultural Arts Community Contacts

Arts Council of the Morris Area www.morrisarts.org
The Center for Contemporary Art (formerly the Somerset Art Association) www.ccabedminster.org
Farmstead Arts Center www.farmsteadartscenter.org
Music in the Somerset Hills(Community Chorus and Concert Band) www.musicsh.org
Ridge PAC www.ridgepac.com
Raritan Valley Arts Association www.raritanvalleyarts.org
Raritan Valley Chorus www.raritanvalleychorus.org
Raritan Valley Symphonic Band www.rvsb.org
Ridge Light Opera of New Jersey www.ridgelightopera.org
The Ridge Performing Art Center www.ridgepac.com
Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission www.co.somerset.nj.us/division/cultural.html
Somerset County Park Commission www.somersetcountyparks.org
Somerset Hills YMCA www.somersethillsymca.org
Somerset Valley Orchestra www.somersetvalleyorchestra.com
Trilogy Repertory www.trilogyrepertory.com