New Jersey State Council on the Arts Approves Over $3.6 Million in Grants for New Capital Arts Program


originally published: 05/17/2022

(TRENTON, NJ) — The New Jersey State Council of the Arts held a town hall on May 17, at which more than $3.6 million was awarded to 38 organizations under the new Capital Arts grant program. The 18-month grant program is designed to help nonprofit arts organizations in New Jersey build operational stability and capacity by supporting capital improvement, renovation, and new construction projects.

Grant recipients include Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Art House Productions, Arts Council of Princeton, Barnegat Bay Decoy & Baymen’s Museum, Camden FireWorks, Inc., Center for Modern Dance Education, Count Basie Theatre, Inc., Eagle Theatre, Educational Arts Team, Frontline Arts, Grounds for Sculpture, Inc., Guild of Creative Art, Institute of Music for Children, James R. Halsey Foundation of the Arts, Levoy Theater Preservation Society, Long Beach Island Fnd of the Arts and Sciences, Luna Stage Company, Inc., Medford Arts Center, Mile Square Theatre, Monmouth Museum & Cultural Center, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair Film Festival, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Repertory Company, Nimbus Dance Works, Paper Mill Playhouse, Riverfront Renaissance Cntr for the Arts, Say It With Clay, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Skylands Performing Arts Center, South Orange Performing Arts Center, State Theater New Jersey, The Wharton Institute fo r the Performing Arts, Two River Theater Company, Victory Hall Inc., Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, West Windsor Arts Council and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center.

“I am proud to work closely with the Arts Council to help ensure arts organizations across our state have the resources they need,” said Acting Secretary of State Tahesha Way. “This funding comes at a crucial time for the sector, as arts organizations and the communities they serve continue to recover from the impact of the pandemic as well as the effects of Tropical Storm Ida. difficult times, the arts have been there to comfort and connect us, and it’s vital that these organizations receive this kind of support, making stability and longevity possible as they continue to serve the public across the state. . »

The program was guided by the Council’s Director of Grants and Strategy, Tammy Herman, who said, “The Capital Arts program was created in response to what we were hearing in the field – the needs of administrators who manage organizations statewide arts nonprofit. The insight and honesty of our colleagues continues to transform the way we work and invest in the sustainability of this vital industry. Helping arts organizations keep their buildings up-to-date and safe for the public means they can focus on contributing activity and engaging with their communities. »

“The historic state appropriation the Council received this year has empowered us to create programs and services that expand the impact of state funding for the arts,” said Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. “It was a priority for the Council to reach out to organizations not currently on the Council’s slate, which is why we have provided a longer lead time between the publication of the guidelines and the application deadline and increased outreach initiatives. technical assistance and outreach We are excited to increase the number of organizations receiving direct funding from the Council, and are grateful to Governor Murphy and the Legislative Assembly for helping to make this growth possible.

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The New Jersey State Council of the Arts, established in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was created to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; increase public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through dedicated and renewable hotel/motel occupancy fees, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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