Posted Friday, July 26th, 2019

Investment Strengthens Economic and Creative Vitality of Communities

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded more than $1 million in grant funding to support six arts organizations and 10 artistic initiatives and projects in Morris County.

NJ State Arts Council logoIn addition, Morris Arts received a Citation of Excellence for the highest possible assessment of their application from a panel of their peers. The 46-year-old organization received a grant of more than $113,000 in funding for local arts programming.

The awards were announced at the Arts Council’s 53nd Annual Meeting held at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. Some $15.7 million was awarded in total.

“Grants through the State Arts Council have a direct positive impact on New Jersey residents, families and communities. The return on the investment is undeniable, and we are grateful to today’s award winners for the important work they do,”  said Secretary of State Tahesha Way.

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the arts and culture sector contributes $22.1 billion to New Jersey’s economy, representing 3.8% of the state’s GDP-a larger share than several other industries in the state. Learn more about why the Arts Matter in New Jersey.

The Council receives funding from the State of New Jersey through the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee legislation passed in 2003, which established a dedicated revenue source to support arts, history, and tourism. Additionally, the Arts Council receives annual competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding decisions are made through a transparent, merit-based, and rigorous grants process that assures access and equity. Independent panels evaluate grant applications to eliminate the possibility for conflict of interest.

View a list of FY20 Grants by County.
View a list of FY20 Grants by Category/Discipline.
View a list of those honored with FY20 Citations and Majors designation.

To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.