To promote and celebrate the arts in Plainfield — highlighting its variety, multiculturalism, and rich historical legacy; and, to support community growth and engagement through arts and culture.
- Identify and promote collaboration between artists and art organizations.
- Foster an appreciation of cultural and artistic diversity.
- Support the arts through marketing and visibility initiatives, including production of an online Monthly Calendar of Events.
- promote the economic development of Plainfield by attracting visitors through arts and culture venues and activities.
- Commemorate Plainfield’s historical legacy by identifying and celebrating past artists.
- Establish an attractive and inclusive Performing and Visual Arts Center.
Arne Aakre, President
Arne is an architect by training, but has worked most of his career managing construction. A long-time Plainfield resident, his interests in the both visual and musical arts were nurtured when he attended Hubbard Middle and Plainfield High Schools. His university senior thesis architecture project was an art center for Plainfield. Now, 48 years later, he’s working part time and is excited to find ways to support the arts and to have the arts act as a catalyst to stimulate smart growth in Plainfield. In addition, he has been active in his neighborhood’s historic district, serving three terms as president.
John D. Brinkley, Vice President
John is a retired manager from AT&T and currently a Business Consultant. He is chair of the Plainfield Cultural and Heritage Commission, Board Member of the Plainfield Queen City 5K Walk/Run for Life, and Shiloh (Baptist Church) Entrepreneurial, Economic & Lifelong Development Corporation (S.H.E.E.L.D). John is also a former president and current member of Plainfield’s Frontiers International. As a member of the Arts Council, his goal is to help attract people to visit Plainfield explicitly to experience its diverse art and cultural venues.
Oscar Arboleda, Treasurer
Educated as an engineer, Oscar is an entrepreneur who has owned and operated a multi-service agency in Plainfield for 22 years. He is founder of the Latin American Soccer Association, the N.J. Business Owners Alliance Group, and the Queen City Ballet and Dance Academy. Oscar states of his association with the Plainfield Arts Council, “As a community influencer, I work to engage and unite the many diverse cultures and populations in Plainfield; the arts is a great way to achieve that end.”
Vicky (Victoria) Griswold, Secretary
Vicky is a native Plainfielder, classical pianist, teacher, and for 25 years was the owner of The Plainfield Music Store. She is a member of the Plainfield Cultural & Heritage Commission, the Plainfield Foundation Distribution Committee, and a Board Member of the Plainfield Historical Society. Vicky is essentially a beneficiary of the rich cultural heritage of Plainfield, and is proud to be a part of its multicultural and artistically dynamic future.
Volunteers are at the heart of any successful non-profit. If you share our passion for the arts, please join us to make Plainfield the hub of creative expression that we know it can be!
We need volunteers to:
- help plan and execute networking and other events.
- research historical artists and their contribution to Plainfield’s arts legacy;
- maintain and update website, including arts calendar;
- plan and execute fundraising events; and,
- myriad other activities!
We’re a fun group! Come join us!