Middlesex County To Receive Over $1 Million In Arts Funding

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TRENTON – At its Annual Meeting held Tuesday, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced the award of $1,018,035 in grants to Middlesex County arts organizations, programs, projects and co-sponsored projects for Fiscal Year 2012.

During its 45th Annual Meeting at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts voted to award grants totaling $15,811,107 in funding. The awards announced this week will support nearly 800 arts organizations, programs, projects and artists in Middlesex County and across the state.


“New Jersey has long been recognized for its strong and vibrant arts community, and today we reaffirm that commitment,” said Gov. Chris Christie. “This significant level of Arts Council funding will ensure that Middlesex County’s record of innovative arts programming in education, healthcare and other key areas continue to nurture creativity across disciplines while improving both Middlesex County’s and the state’s quality of life.”

In commenting on the results of the meeting, Arts Council Chair Sharon Burton Turner said, “In these challenging economic times we are grateful that our State leaders have recognized the importance of investing in New Jersey’s cultural community. The public funds awarded through the Arts Council will reach communities and individuals statewide, increasing quality of life in many profound ways.” She went on to emphasize how the state’s investment in the arts contributes to quality education, increased health and wellness, stimulates $1.2 billion in economic activity, supports 20,000 businesses, sustains more than 80,000 jobs and returns $41 million in state tax revenue.

The FY 2012 Middlesex County grant recipients are:

  • American Repertory Ballet Company (General Operating Support) – $175,551
  • Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions/Rutgers (General Program Support) – $13,139
  • Crossroads Theatre Company (General Operating Support) – $23,750
  • George Street Playhouse (General Operating Support) – $160,687
  • Middlesex Co. Cultural & Heritage Commission (General Program Support) – $17,353
  • Middlesex Co. Cultural & Heritage Commission (Local Arts Program) – $163,864
  • Rohan Prabhudesai (Folks Arts Apprenticeship) – $3,000
  • Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture (Projects Serving Artists) – $6,000
  • Rutgers Institute for Women and Art (General Program Support) – $15,263
  • Rutgers Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum (General Program Support) – $125,073
  • Rutgers Professional Development Institute (Co-spon., Arts Build Communities) – $7,315
  • State Theatre Regional Arts Center at New Brunswick (Gen. Operating Support) – $294,844
  • VSA Arts of New Jersey (General Operating Support) – $12,196

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is a division of the NJ Department of State. It receives funding in direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, its volunteer members and professional staff have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish. For more information about the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, visit www.njartscouncil.org.

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