Contact The NJ State Council
on the Arts
Mailing Address:
NJ State Council on the Arts
P.O. Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306

Office Address:
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

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 LogoDiscover 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,, 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, is your “one stop shopping” to arts and culture in the Garden State.
Families First Discovery Pass
Discover Jersey Arts LogoThe New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Historical Commission have partnered with the NJ Departments of Human Services (DHS) and Health (DOH) to launch New Jersey’s Families First Discovery Pass (FFDP) program. This program provides families and individuals enrolled in state assistance programs with free or highly discounted admission to arts and history organizations, venues and programs. The Families First Discovery Pass Program offers broad access to cultural experiences for New Jersey residents and helps cultural organizations engage new audiences with the goal of building long-lasting relationships. Residents who receive benefits through SNAP, WFNJ, Child Care Subsidy and/or WIC are eligible for free or steeply discounted cultural programs throughout the State.
Learn more about the program and participating organizations
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
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.

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Strengthening New Jersey's Cultural Industry
Diversity In Arts Leadership Program
The Arts Council has partnered with Americans for the Arts on the Diversity in Arts Leadership Internship program (DIAL). DIAL matches undergraduate students from backgrounds traditionally untapped for arts leadership with dynamic communities, energetic host arts organizations, and business mentors, to guide students' personal and professional growth throughout the summer. In 2019, the nationwide, competitive selection process will grant six full-time, paid, ten-week-long internships in New Jersey.
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.
Programs for Artists
The Arts Inclusion Program
Since the passage of the Public Building Arts Inclusion Act in 1978, this program has led to the commissioning and installation of hundreds of artworks in state financed construction projects of State Buildings. Up to 1.5% of the construction budget is set aside for this purpose. The Council assists State agencies and State Universities in the selection of artists for all projects including those for NJ Transit’s Transit Arts Program and such major projects as the WW II Memorial and the NJ September 11 Memorial design competition. Announcements of New Jersey Arts Inclusion Projects are publicized through CaFE and listed under the “Public Art” category when available. With questions about this program please contact Danielle Bursk.
CaFE (Call for Entry):
The Council uses café to give visual artists access to State Arts Inclusion commission opportunities. The free registration provides monthly listings of arts inclusion projects not only for New Jersey but for other states as well. Artists can upload 100 images of their work, resume, bio and more to be used in applying for commissions announced through CaFE. With questions about this program please contact Danielle Bursk.
Arts Education Programs and Initiatives
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.