New Jersey Arts Incubator Executive Director Amy Simon Receives 2010 Shirley Chisholm Award

West Orange, New Jersey, April 19, 2010 – Fifteen amazing women were honored with the 2010 Shirley Chisholm award during a lunch reception at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ this past Saturday.  In the category of Arts & Entertainment New Jersey Arts Incubator Executive Director Amy Simon proudly accepted this honor for her work in nurturing and developing the arts in New Jersey.

The spirit of Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman elected to the U.S. Congress and a woman known for not just standing on the sidelines but implementing ideas, was felt in the room as these women were honored by New Jersey Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D- 34th District), the first African-American woman in New Jersey’s history to be sworn in as Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly
Mistress of ceremonies Della Crews, Anchor, News 12 New Jersey, presented Ms. Simon with her award.

“It is a great honor to accept the Shirley Chisholm Award from a woman such as the Honorable Sheila Oliver, who embodies the ideals, and political approach of the late Congresswoman,” said Ms. Simon. “Art provides our State with solutions for our social and economic challenges. Now, more then ever, is the time support the Arts in New Jersey.”

As Executive Director of the non-profit New Jersey Arts Incubator Ms. Simon has spent the last three years stimulating the economy through developing artists and arts organizations through technical assistance, employment, marketing, programming, performance and education in an effort to support, sustain and promote viable arts agencies as economic drivers in communities across the State of New Jersey. Last summer NJAI sponsored “A Midsummer Night’s Dream & Festival” along with the Essex Country Department of Parks and Cultural Affairs bringing thousands of people through Verona Park to support the arts and small business in New Jersey.  Operating out of donated space in Essex Green, West Orange, the New Jersey Arts incubator offers workshops, performances and art exhibitions monthly.

President of A Simon Says, LLC a Public and Community Relations and Media Management firm based in West Orange, New Jersey, and a principal of Accord Strategies LLC, a business development and compliance firm. Ms. Simon is also a member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a legislative aide to Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-27th District), a member of the Arts Build Community Initiative of the Rutgers Bloustein School, and serves on a number of other boards and committees.  She has most recently been recognized as a recipient of the 2008 NJ Biz New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business Award and the 2008 New Jersey State Jefferson Award.  A published author and editorial writer, radio host and television producer, Ms. Simon began her career as an actor and writer in New York City.


 

Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-West Orange) and Assemblywoman Mila M. Jasey (D-South Orange) with Amy Simon, 2010 Shirly CHISHOLM Award recipient for arts & entertainment. Simon is the Executive Director of the NJ Arts Incubator. She was one of 15 awardees recognized for their accomplishments in various fields at the award ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 17th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ. Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-West Orange) with Amy Simon, 2010 Shirly CHISHOLM Award recipient for arts & entertainment. Simon is the Executive Director of the NJ Arts Incubator. She was one of 15 awardees recognized for their accomplishments in various fields at the award ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 17th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ
 
 
  Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver (D-East Orange) and News12 reporter Della J. Crews with Amy Simon, 2010 Shirly CHISHOLM Award recipient for arts & entertainment. Simon is the Executive Director of the NJ Arts Incubator. She was one of 15 awardees recognized for their accomplishments in various fields at the award ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 17th at the Valley Regency in Clifton, NJ  


Photo Courtesy: Gita Bajaj, Office of Asm. John F. McKeon, NJ General Assembly (NJGA)