Somerville, NJ – Middle Earth, the nonprofit that organized the Tour of Somerville Cycling Series for almost 20 years, is pleased to announce a new organizer for the event. Arts on Division, a nonprofit dedicated to building community through the arts and cultural events, is taking over management of the competition.
The Tour of Somerville is a three-day cycling competition for professionals and amateurs with live music and fun family activities that takes place over Memorial Day weekend. The event has been a community tradition in Somerset County for over 70 years. Middle Earth wanted to open the event to other organizations in order to garner more community involvement. Arts on Division is excited to take over the management of the Tour and is eager to create a strong partnership with Middle Earth.
Middle Earth will be mentoring the new organizers during the planning stages. Middle Earth staff and youth will remain involved with the Tour throughout the weekend to continue to promote volunteerism and giving back to the community. In addition to helping with the transition, Middle Earth youth will be helping with setting up before the races, cleaning up after the races, setting up and running the youth’s bike shop pop-up shops, and designing and selling the official Tour t-shirt. Arts on Division would like to find other community groups willing to volunteer their time at the event. Anyone willing to volunteer is invited to call Lisa Yates at 908-240-9290.
Arts On Division is a charitable organization within the meaning of Section(501)c3, dedicated to building community through the arts and arts education. Promoting the advancement, development and support of the visual, musical, physical and literary arts with the belief this will positively contribute to the quality of life for all residents and contribute to economic and community development in the Borough of Somerville, New Jersey and its surrounding areas.
Middle Earth has served youth in Somerset County for 40 years. Middle Earth’s programs offer local children a safe environment where they can use their free time constructively, engage with caring adults who listen, improve academics, prepare for college and employment, and volunteer for community service opportunities. All of their programs guide youth in learning respect for themselves and others and choosing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and crime.