Menendez, Booker Announce $1.4 Million in Federal Funding to Support NJ Arts Education Programs

Menendez, Booker Announce $1.4 Million in Federal Funding to Support NJ Arts Education Programs

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of a combined $1,356,500 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to support and enhance arts education and programming across New Jersey.

“Investing in New Jersey’s local cultural and arts organizations provides enormous returns, not just in supporting creative expression, but in creating jobs and economic growth, promoting wellness, boosting student achievement, and bringing together our diverse communities,” said Sen. Menendez.  “The Administration’s constant threats to eliminate the NEA would be devastating to these local organizations and to the immense joy and benefits they provide all of us.”

“Supporting New Jersey’s art community helps preserve our diverse culture and rich history while showcasing the Garden State’s creative talent,” said Sen. Booker.  “With federal funding for the arts under constant attack by this Administration, NEA grants like these are more important than ever in helping New Jersey’s thriving art community flourish and continue to capture imaginations for generations.”

These grants will be used to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers and will provide various programs for thousands of New Jersey residents.

The specific grant awards:

Statewide

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Total Grant Amount: $892,500

To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out your agency’s NEA-approved strategic plan.

Moorestown (Burlington)

Perkins Center for the Arts
Total Grant Amount: $15,000

To support research of the foodways of the various ethnic communities in Burlington, Glassboro and Camden Counties in South Jersey.

Red Bank (Monmouth)

Two River Theater Company

Total Grant Amount: $15,000

To support the world premiere production of Pamela’s First Musical, based on the children’s book by playwright and author Wendy Wasserstein.

New Brunswick (Middlesex)

coLAB Arts, Inc.
Total Grant Amount: $50,000

To support artist residencies in non-arts organizations to demonstrate the potential impact of arts and creativity on their work.

Warren (Somerset)

New Jersey Arts Education Partnership
Total Grant Amount: $100,000

To support ArtsEdNow, a collective impact initiative for arts education in New Jersey.

Millburn (Essex)

Paper Mill Playhouse
Total Grant Amount: $40,000

To support the Theater for Everyone Project, a series of programs that serve the needs of children with autism and other social and cognitive disabilities.

Summit (Union)

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support the exhibition, Kevin Sampson: Fruit of the Poisonous Tree, and an accompanying catalogue.

Jersey City (Hudson)

Auricle Communications
Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support the Free Music Archive’s Sonic Synthesis Project.

Elizabeth (Union)

Institute of Music for Children, Inc.
Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support the Summer Arts Institute.

Newark (Essex)

Newark Arts Council
Total Grant Amount: $84,000

To support an arts education collective impact project in Newark.

Montclair (Essex)

Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Inc.

Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support in-school dance education residencies in Newark and Paterson, New Jersey.

Wayne (Passaic)

William Paterson College of New Jersey
Total Grant Amount: $10,000

To support an exhibition, publication, and mural project celebrating the contributions of artist Ben Shahn.

Princeton (Mercer)

McCarter Theater Company
Total Grant Amount: $30,000

To support the McCarter LAB, a series of new play development activities including commissions, readings, workshops, and productions of new work.

Scotch Plains (Union)

Music For All Seasons, Inc.

Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support Music for Hope and Healing, therapeutic music programs for children and families living in shelters.

Lawrence (Mercer)

People and Stories Gente y Cuentos Inc.

Total Grant Amount: $20,000

To support writing workshops. 

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