Trenton, NJ - The New Jersey State Council on the Arts held a public meeting today, where over $3.6 million was awarded to 38 organizations through the new Capital Arts grant program. The 18-month grant program is designed to help New Jersey’s nonprofit arts organizations build operational stability and capacity by supporting capital improvement, renovation, and new construction projects.
"I am proud to work closely with the Arts Council to help ensure our state’s arts organizations 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 recovering from the impact of the pandemic as well as the effects of Tropical Storm Ida. During the hardest of 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 serving audiences across the state."
The program was guided by the Council’s Director of Grants & Strategies, Tammy Herman, who said: “The Capital Arts program was created in response to what we were hearing from the field – the needs of the administrators running arts nonprofits statewide. The insight and honesty of our colleagues continues to transform how we work, and how we invest in the sustainability of this essential industry. Helping arts organizations keep their buildings up-to-date and safe for audiences now, means they can focus on the business of contributing to and engaging with their communities.”
"The historic State appropriation the Council received this year has given us the means to create programs and services that broaden the impact of state funding for the arts,” said Council Chair Elizabeth Mattson. “It was a priority for the Council to reach organizations not currently on the Council’s roster, which is why we provided a longer timeline between the release of the guidelines and the application deadline and increased technical assistance and outreach initiatives. We’re excited to expand the number of organizations receiving direct funds from the Council, and we are grateful to Governor Murphy and the Legislature for helping make this growth possible.”
About the New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge 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 a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.