The nearly 50,000 professional artists who call New Jersey home form the very heart of the cultural community of this state. And this is just the tip of the iceberg when one considers the thousands more for whom artistic creation, performance and interpretation are a vocational, cultural, religious or recreational interest of the highest personal and community priority. Artists are the creative capital of our communities and this is why it is the Arts Council's goal to promote them, encourage them, assist them to achieve their highest ambitions and help a wider public understand and appreciate all that artists do to make New Jersey a better place.
The Council supports artists in several important ways, through a wide array of programs and services that recognizes, encourages and showcases their talents. In turn, such recognition brings their work to the attention of organizations and communities everywhere to embrace and support this remarkable "creative capital" that helps make New Jersey great.
Folk Arts Apprenticeships
Application Deadline: April 5, 2017
Grants to individuals to encourage cultural communities to continue passing on their valued art forms in traditional settings by providing stipends to master folk artists and craftspersons that can help apprentices develop greater skills. Since 1995 these modest grants have supported more than 100 apprenticeships in dozens of different cultural communities and scores of different art forms, reflecting the rich array of traditional arts in our state. Applications are available in the winter with a deadline for submission in the spring and awards announced in July.
Highly competitive awards to New Jersey artists in 12 different arts disciplines awarded solely on independent peer panel assessment of work samples submitted. The anonymous process is focused solely on artistic quality, and awards may be used to help artists produce new work and advance their careers. This program is carried out in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
The New Genres in Visual Arts category has been cancelled. Those who previously applied in this category are encouraged to submit in another category that best represents their work such as Media/Digital/Electronic.
The Design category has been temporarily suspended. Graphic design artists are encouraged to apply in Works on Paper or Media/Digital/Electronic. Submissions in architecture, landscape design, industrial design and fashion design are temporarily suspended.
Projects Serving Artists Grants
Awarded to support new or expanded projects of eligible organizations whose primary beneficiaries are artists who reside in New Jersey and whose work has or will benefit New Jersey residents. Projects also can be in the form of programs and services that address artists' needs or actual commissioning of artists to create new work.
Clement A. Price Arts Management Intern Program
This program is named in honor of Dr. Clement Alexander Price (1945-2014), former Council Chair, beloved friend of the arts community and an unparalleled force of knowledge, humanitarianism and leadership.
Administered as a cosponsored program with Rutgers University, the objectives of the program are as follows:
to provide practical experience to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as other applicants who intend to pursue careers in arts-related professions;
to provide an opportunity to learn about and contribute to State Arts Council operations, grants and programs, communications and artist services;
to provide New Jersey arts organizations with a potential pool of promising future arts administrators