What is MYHELAN and what areas does it serve?
Myhelan Cultural Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered with the state of New Jersey as Myhelan Cultural Arts Alliance, serving the people of north central New Jersey. Composed of a small but competent staff and many dedicated volunteers, the mission of the Myhelan is to showcase the arts to the community and to raise the awareness of area residents, especially children, to the extraordinary artistic contributions of cultures from around the world, as well as to explore the value and role of the arts in American culture. We believe that through these experiences, perspectives about the arts and our world's cultures are shaped in new and positive ways.
Where is the MYHELAN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER? How do I get there?
The Myhelan Cultural Arts Center opened its doors in its present location at 18 Schooley's Mountain Road, right in the center of downtown Long Valley, in January 2001. Click here for driving directions to Myhelan from points north, south, east, or west.
What does MYHELAN mean?
The word "myhelan" (pronounced mah HAY lon) is Lenape Native American and means "a gathering together of peoples." The name was given to the organization by Lucy Blalock, the last fluent Lenape Native American whose ancestors inhabited the mountains and riverbeds of this region.
What does the MYHELAN CULTURAL ARTS CENTER do?
How did MYHELAN get started?
In 1992 Myhelan began to serve the residents of western Morris County as a special program of the West Morris Area YMCA. In March of 1996, Myhelan became an independent non-profit organization, forming its own dedicated Board of Directors, a committed Advisory Board made up of local artists, teachers, youth advisors, and community leaders, and led by Founding Director Linda Helm Krapf. In 1993, Myhelan was honored with the prestigious "Program Discovery Award" for programming excellence from among all of the YMCA's in the tri-state area.
For many years, Myhelan was an events-oriented organization with no home base. In October 1999, a spacious storefront location at 8 West Mill Road in the heart of Long Valley became the Myhelan Cultural Arts Center. In January, 2001, Myhelan moved to its current location just around the corner, at 18 Schooley's Mountain Road, Long Valley.
Who runs MYHELAN?
Kathleen Hofmann Fugger is the current Executive Director of Myhelan.
Since its inception, Myhelan has relied upon the time, energy, and creative efforts of volunteers. Volunteers serve on the Advisory Board, providing constructive input at annual meetings, and advising Myhelan throughout the year.
Myhelan also relies upon volunteers to plan events. This fabulous blend of expertise has allowed members of Myhelan's vast network to help out on what they like, becoming personally invested in specific events, and pulling into Myhelan their circle of friends/associates. Dozens of volunteer members plan its varied activities.
How is MYHELAN funded?
Myhelan receives its funding from individual and corporate donations, and members like you! Programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Jockey Hollow Foundation.
How can I become a member of - or volunteer at - MYHELAN?
A great question! Please visit our Membership page.