The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded 15 grants totaling $1,312,600 in support of New Jersey arts organizations and projects statewide, according to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Of that funding, the State Arts Council has received $896,600 in State Partnership funds, which will be matched dollar for dollar by our state’s investment in the arts.
“Investing in the arts in New Jersey strengthens our economy and enhances quality of life for our nine million residents,” said Secretary of State Tahesha Way, who oversees the State Arts Council. “With our federal, state and local partners, we support organizations and artists whose work touches all aspects of New Jersey life, from the economy, tourism and community revitalization, to health, wellness and quality education.”
“We are grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for their commitment to ensuring access to the arts for all people,” said State Arts Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. “This critical support helps us ensure that the arts industry in New Jersey thrives; that artists are able to maximize their contributions to communities; and that the power of the arts is harnessed to affect real change across sectors.”
State Partnership funds will support key program areas including work in arts education, reaching underserved populations, removing barriers to access for people with disabilities, and the preservation and celebration of New Jersey’s rich cultural diversity through traditional folk arts.
“Reflecting the diverse artistic richness of our nation, these Arts Endowment-funded projects are varied in their size, scope, and artistic discipline,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “The projects also illustrate the unique geographic reach of Arts Endowment funding, serving Americans in places large and small in all corners of the country.”
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