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Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission is the primary leader and catalyst for the promotion of public interest in the arts and the preservation of cultural and heritage in Ocean County. Established by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1969, the Commission is made up of nine members and two alternates along with staff members. It is the central county agency charged with advocating for the arts and humanities in Ocean County. The Commission and staff develop, foster and evaluate programs and services in the arts and history to further the growth and knowledge of the County’s cultural and heritage resources. The staff works directly with individuals, organizations and community groups, as well as municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to advance local arts and history activities.