JERSEY CITY, NJ - Jersey City recently celebrated the 2023 #WomenOfAction honorees with an award ceremony in Council Chambers.
Each March, council members select two extraordinary women leaders from every ward and one student representative to highlight their accomplishments in community leadership.
“I remember in 2012, sitting as someone receiving a women of action award, it was definitely an honor,” said Councilwoman Denise Ridley. She said the women this year are some amazing women.
Councilwoman Amy DeGise said they aren't being honored because this is part of their day job. “These people are passionate about what they do and they are up late at night and on weekends doing these things,” DeGise said.
This year’s honorees included women from all walks of life, all of whom have had a positive impact on the community.
“I’ve had the pleasure and honor of working with many of these women,” Prinz-Arey said, noting that in 2016, she received this same honor herself.
Meredith Burns is Executive Artistic Director of Art House Projections
She began her career as an actor working off-Broadway and regionally. She is a founding member of Glass Bandits Theater Company, a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, and from 2010-2014 served as the company's Managing Director. From 2014-2017, Meredith built and directed a comprehensive art and literacy-based after school program at New Voices Middle School in Brooklyn serving upwards of 200 children daily. In 2017, Meredith took the helm of Art House Productions and in 2019 she received the NJCU Leadership Award for her contributions to the Arts. In 2020, Meredith was instrumental in passing the Jersey City Arts Fund, New Jersey's first municipal trust fund dedicated to the arts. She currently serves as a trustee on the board of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. She graduated with her BFA in Acting from SUNY Purchase and is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.