New Jersey State Council on the Arts
We believe the arts are central to every element we value most in a modern society including: human understanding; cultural and civic pride; strong communities; excellent schools; lifelong learning: Ceramic artist Bennett Bean; creative expression and economic opportunity.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary this year as an agency within the New Jersey Department of State. It receives funding from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, the Arts Council’s professional staff and volunteer board have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish through a comprehensive roster of programs, service and competitive grants. Public funds invested through the Arts Council continue to have a profound positive impact on communities and individuals statewide.
Annually, support for New Jersey’s arts industry contributes to quality lifetime learning opportunities and 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 Council is pleased to co-sponsor the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show which recognizes and celebrates the remarkable artistic talent of New Jersey’s older residents.
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Cultural Access Network of New Jersey
The Cultural Access Network of New Jersey was created in 1992 to assist all cultural arts organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. The Cultural Access Network is comprised of individuals with specific knowledge and expertise in areas relating to accessible programming and facilities. Since its inception, the Cultural Access Network has been a resource for New Jersey’s arts community to use as they make structural and programmatic changes in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). All of the Cultural Access Network’s programs and services are made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. http://www.njtheatrealliance.org
Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey
The Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey connects artists and arts professionals and those who provide health and wellness services in order to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health.