Promoting the Arts & Increasing Participation Statewide
One vitally important way that the Council achieves its goals of service to the needs of the entire state is through a battery of cosponsored programs and initiatives in priority areas, such as increasing arts participation, strengthening the arts industry, fostering cross sector partnerships, supporting arts education and more. By partnering with other organizations that share the same goals, the Council is able to widen the resources applied to the issue and build a statewide infrastructure of support. These grant funds leverage others and make for more efficient and cost effective use of public funds.
Discover Jersey Arts
Discover Jersey Arts (DJA) is a cosponsored project of the NJ State Council on the Arts and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation working in partnership with other cultural service organizations statewide including the NJ Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, NJ Network and NJ Division of Travel and Tourism. The project’s mission is to increase the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey.
The project website, JerseyArts.com, supports that mission by providing a central clearinghouse of information on New Jersey’s cultural scene. Whether browsing the site’s comprehensive event calendar, searching its directory of cultural organizations, discovering works by local artists in its virtual gallery, or simply catching up on what’s new this season, JerseyArts.com is your “one stop shopping” to arts and culture in the Garden State.
Cultural Access Network of New Jersey
Among the Arts Council’s highest priorities is ensuring access to the arts for all New Jerseyens. To that end, in 1992, the Council joined with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance to create what is now called the Cultural Access Network to serve organizations and individuals statewide. Since its inception, the Cultural Access Network has been a multifaceted resource for cultural organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities, and in being compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
South Jersey Marketing & Cultural Tourism Initiative
The Arts Council is firmly committed to assisting the development of the arts in the eight-county, southern NJ region. One of the ways in which the Council seeks to realize this commitment is through a long-standing partnership with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance (SJCA). Through this initiative the Council helps support the ever-growing cultural industry in south Jersey with an array of services including technical assistance, professional development, networking opportunities and marketing programs under the umbrella of the Discover Jersey Arts campaign.
Family Week at the Theatre/ Stages Festival
Since 1998, Family Week at the Theatre, now the Stages Festival, has engaged families and individuals of all ages in the wonders of live theatre regardless of social, economic, physical or geographic constraints. This week-long celebration of theatre, cosponsored by Cape May Stage and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, features performances, workshops, classes and other events designed to benefit people from all walks of life.
State of the Arts, the Emmy Award-winning weekly, half-hour television show, debuted on NJN Public Television in 1981, and aired as a co-production of NJN and the NJ State Council on the Arts until 2011. Now airing as a cornerstone program of NJTV Public Media NJ, the new episodes are co-produced by the Arts Council and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
State of the Arts goes on location with creative personalities and productions, and is recognized as one of the premier arts and culture programs on public television, with 29 Mid-Atlantic and New York Emmys to its credit. An in-depth documentary feature about an important artist or event anchors each half-hour episode. Short studio visits introduce viewers to the extraordinary range of New Jersey artists, musicians and poets at work today. The Venues segment takes viewers to performance spaces across the state including jazz clubs, opera houses, coffee houses and more.
View State of the Arts stories and specials online.
To comment or make story suggestions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Critical Financial Services Program
Critical Financial Services Program Cosponsored with the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), this program is aimed at gaining a comprehensive understanding of the financial health and trends of the nonprofit arts industry in New Jersey and assisting organizations in achieving greater financial health.
Arts Funder Affinity Group
This network of private and public arts funders from throughout New Jersey was formed in partnership with the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers to foster ongoing conversation, collaboration and networking around issues and priorities facing the field as a whole.
Southern New Jersey Technology Initiative
Cosponsored with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, this Initiative is aimed at assessing and strategically addressing the technology needs, barriers and strengths of the arts and cultural organizations in southern New Jersey. Ongoing communication, focus groups and surveys with a network of representatives shapes the focus of the Initiative to most effectively assist the community in using technology to improve operations, increase awareness and grow cultural participation.
Support for individual artists, whether grants, technical assistance, showcases, commissions, information services or marketing help the Council achieve one of its primary goals.
Arts Inclusion Program
Since the passage of the Arts Inclusion Act in 1978, this program has led to the commissioning and installation of hundreds of artworks in state financed construction projects. Up to 1.5% of the construction budget is allocated for this purpose. The Council manages the artist selection process in conjunction with the State agency and the architect utilizing the free on-line service Call for Entry (www.callforentry.org). Each month, announcements of public art projects available in New Jersey and around the country are posted to the site. Artists maintain their online account of up to 100 images, resume, and vitae and apply to those projects of interest. The program allows the selection committee to review online applications and short-list or select an artist for the public art project. There are numerous projects in various stages of development at all times, including those at state agencies, state universities, NJ Transit stations and more. The Council also maintains an extensive list of artists in its Visual Artist Registry.
Visual Arts Registry
A visual repository containing the names and disciplines of artists living or working in New Jersey is available for public use to identify artists for employment, exhibitions or commissions. Artists may email a registration form to the Arts Council to have their website listed in the registry.
Registration Form (Fillable PDF file. On some browsers you will need to download the file and open it outside of the browser to fill it out.)
Arts Management Intern Program
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 opportunities to promising arts administrators with policy and operations experience through working in an Arts Council program or office; and to provide New Jersey arts organizations with a major source of future arts administrators. For more information please contact Don Ehman at 609.984.7023
Senior Art Show
The Council firmly believes in the importance of arts engagement through all stages of life. Cosponsored with the Union County Office of Cultural Affairs and the NJ Division on Aging, this program highlights the work of senior artists statewide through an annual juried exhibition of artwork and a reception recognizing the artists.
The arts industry creates and sustains public value in a wide range of important ways, not the least of which is serving as a powerful tool to affect change across all areas of community life.
Arts Plan New Jersey
Created with the input of nearly 1,000 New Jersey leaders, Arts Plan NJ is a blueprint for everyone, a big picture of what can be accomplished when individuals and leaders from all sectors work with New Jersey’s extraordinary arts community. This statewide agenda harnesses the power of the arts to enrich and inspire individuals and to address civic challenges such as the economy, education, jobs, community development and cultural understanding.
Arts Plan is a cosponsored project of the Arts Council and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation. Since its original adoption in 1998, key partners such as the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Theatre Alliance and New Jersey Network have helped put the Plan into action. Today, successful cross-sector initiatives guided by the principals work to build a better new Jersey for everyone through the arts.
Learn more and take action
Alliance for Arts and Health NJ
The Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey grew out of Arts Plan NJ, the statewide blueprint for a better NJ through and for the arts, which calls for partnerships between the arts community and the healthcare sector. The Alliance is a professional statewide association which seeks to help improve the connection between the arts and health industries by creating, maintaining, and making available a comprehensive network of all relevant providers, and through education, advocacy, research and professional development opportunities in both health and wellness, and the arts.
Arts and Healthcare Initiative - South Jersey
This initiative, in partnership with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance and AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, builds on the growing interest in the role of the arts to help humanize healthcare settings such as hospitals, treatment facilities, elder care centers and rehabilitation centers to provide a restorative environment during all stages of illness, healing and recovery. Through changes in the physical environment to patient-focused arts experiences, the healing power of the arts is undeniable.
Arts Build Communities (ABC)
Arts Build Communities, a collaboration between the Arts Council, the Dodge Foundation and Rutgers University, supports local officials, civic leaders and arts professionals seeking to build more sustainable and prosperous communities in New Jersey through the arts. This initiative seeks to help leaders make more informed decisions through practical research, continuing education, and technical assistance; and by connecting leaders to other resources they need to make better decisions.
Arts and Business Initiative
Through the Arts and Business Initiative the Council, along with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance, seeks to provide professional development opportunities to help cultural organizations strengthen their infrastructure and cultivate effective business relationships so that they may operate as effectively and efficiently as possible, thereby maximizing their community impact.
Through the Council's many cosponsored projects in arts education, several important objectives are achieved: the annual placement of scores of professional artists in classrooms everywhere, the professional training of artists and educators to work effectively together, support for arts education advocacy and literacy in the arts, statewide focus on key issues, the creation of model, arts-infused schools and more.
To learn more about each of these projects, click the links below: