Emily ‘Cissy’ Houston
Newark native Cissy Houston is a two-time Grammy award-winning artist who is actively involved in Newark’s artistic and gospel communities. Ms. Houston has expanded appreciation of gospel music on both a local and international scale through her role as the Minister of Music at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark and her annual performances at GospelFest, sponsored by McDonald’s and taking place at the Prudential Center in Newark since 2008.

Ruth C. Lipper
Ruth C. Lipper serves a number of leadership roles including Co-Chair of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Board of Trustees, and Trustee of the Newark Museum, Trustee of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Women’s Association to name a few. She has also been appointed by Governor Christie to serve on the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, where she is an active member of both the Arts Education and  Public Value Committees.

Mary Sue Sweeney Price
Mary Sue Sweeney Price recently retired as the Director of the Newark Museum. During her twenty year tenure she ushered the Museum into the prestigious position of being the largest and oldest in the state of New Jersey. The restoration of the historical Ballantine House was completed, the interactive Victoria Hall of Science opened, and the beautiful Horizon Plaza entryway and outdoor garden space was dedicated under her guidance.