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Bringing Communities Together Through the Arts; Northern New Jersey Community Foundation Awarded Grant to Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund for Englewood Idol

March 3, 2017

unnamed (1)(Bergen County, New Jersey; March 1, 2017) — The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit organization based in Englewood, New Jersey, awarded a grant of $1,100 to the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund at the Academies@Englewood for its annual Englewood Idol talent competition’s program.  The grant award provided $100 scholarships for each contestant to record one song and the entire group to collaborate and record two songs together on a professionally developed CD.

The grant award complements the Foundation’s mission to build stronger communities through collaboration.  A NNJCF board member conceived Englewood Idol as a way to bring together Englewood public and private high school students through the arts.

NNJCF has supported the talent competition since its inception in 2005.  “We are pleased our initial effort to bring students together has grown into an exemplary demonstration of how the arts can bring together not just students, but whole communities.  The arts are a universal language that we all speak.  The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation congratulates first place winner Chris Victor, second place recipient Genesis Capellan, and third place winner Kenya Silas,” said Michael Shannon, President, NNJCF.

NNJCF Englewood Granr Award

Michael Shannon (front row) presented a scholarship award to Englewood Idol. Photo Credit: Jennifer Johnson

Englewood Idol is an annual singing competition open to any high school student who currently lives or attends school in Englewood, New Jersey.  The 2017 Englewood Idol was held on February 7 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood.  The talent competition attracted students from several towns, including Englewood, Bergenfield, Cresskill and Oradell in northern New Jersey, attending Dwight Morrow High School, Academies@Englewood, Dwight Englewood or Eagle Academy.

“Englewood Idol 2017 was a huge success thanks to the support of NNJCF.  The grant enabled each of our 11 contestants to work with a professional music producer and sound engineer to record their own song.  It would never have been possible without the grant from the NNJCF.  This has given these young artists so much confidence, as they work to pursue their individual goals as performers,” said Judy Aronson, faculty advisor, Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund.

For further information about the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation or ArtsBergen, contact or call 201-568-5608.


The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization based in Englewood, New Jersey, focuses primarily on civic engagement, education, public health, and the arts.  NNJCF works with local governments, school districts, businesses, non-profit organizations, and citizen groups in Northern New Jersey to improve community life.  The Foundation’s partners identify and resolve regional problems and opportunities by talking and learning from each other, by sharing ideas, best practices, services, and resources.

For more information, visit, send an email to, or call (201) 568-5608.  Follow the NNJCF on Facebook at Northern NJ Community Foundation/ArtsBergen and Twitter @NNJCF.

About ArtsBergen

ArtsBergen, an initiative of the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, is an emerging arts alliance in Bergen County, New Jersey that supports and encourages creative placemaking, the practice of integrating arts and culture into a neighborhood, town, or region to build community and livability and boost local economy.  The initiative’s mission is to energize and unify artists and arts organizations and connect the Bergen County community to the arts.  For more information, visit, send an email to, or call 201-568-5608.

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