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Monmouth University Counselor and Coordinator of Arts Programming and Promotion Vaune Peck received the Community Champion of the Arts Award from the Monmouth County Arts Council during an awards ceremony held on April 25 at the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation.

Peck was recognized for her work with Monmouth University, Arts Midwest, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts to bring "Caravanserai: A place where cultures meet" to the Monmouth community, creating new pathways for Americans to experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions and meet exciting and dynamic artists from the Muslim world.

Monmouth University's Center for the Arts is committed to bringing a diverse, award-winning slate of arts programming to the people of New Jersey - and has been honored by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and The Monmouth County Arts Council. The Center also received the 2012 Spinnaker Award for Arts and Culture from the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce for its ongoing mission of education, enrichment and dedication to the community.

For more information, visit www.monmouth.edu/arts.

From left, Eileen Chapman, assistant director of performing arts at Monmouth University; Arlene Rogo, principal at Midtown Community Elementary School; and Vaune Peck, counselor and coordinator of arts programming and promotion at Monmouth University.

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