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on the Arts
Mailing Address:
NJ State Council on the Arts
P.O. Box 306
Trenton, NJ 08625-0306

Office Address:
33 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608
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Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
Grant Opportunities In Arts Education
The Council's Arts Education Program is an expression of its strong, ongoing commitment to the goal of quality, lifelong arts education for all New Jerseyans and its belief that arts education is fundamental to a sound and complete education for all students.

To achieve this goal, the Council works with a broad array of partners and collaborators - including the NJ Department of Education - and seeks in all that it undertakes to help schools meet the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts as well to bolster curriculum in the literary arts. The Council seeks to achieve these goals through three principal means:

  • A battery of Arts Education Cosponsored Programs carried out in partnership with numerous private nonprofit organizations that place teaching artists in schools and after school settings, support teacher training, artist training, education reform, arts education advocacy and the development of model schools;
  • Grants that include General Operating Support and Special General Program Support in the category of Arts Basic to Education and Arts Education Special Initiative Grants to discipline-specific organizations to encourage their greater involvement with and impact on New Jersey schools;
  • Funding policies and overall grant support that encourage, reward and help underwrite the vast array of arts education programs provided by arts organizations and community groups.
Current Grant Opportunities
Arts Professional Learning Institute (APLI)

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA) is pleased to present the Arts Professional Learning Institute (APLI). APLI is New Jersey's arts education professional learning opportunity that pairs teaching artists and school partners in collaborative, engaging workshops throughout the state. This paid opportunity is available for teaching artists and classroom educators who work within the state of NJ.

APLI's mission is to provide professional learning opportunities to New Jersey’s teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators. APLI aims to engage the arts educator in inclusive, progressive, arts-based professional learning experiences so that the whole student can be reached, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and perceived ability.

To learn more about this paid opportunity, visit njapli.org.

Artists in Education (AIE)

AIE is the cornerstone of the Arts Council Arts Education Program and is cosponsored with Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania (YA). Through this grant program, practicing professional artists are placed in long-term residencies (20 days) in schools across the state. Residencies are offered in all disciplines and at all grade levels. Any Learn more at njaie.org.

Future Grant Opportunities
Arts Education Special Initiative Grants (AESI)

Recipients of GOS or GPS are eligible to apply for this to support new or expanded programs that make substantial contributions to quality arts education in schools. This grant category intends to aid arts organizations in developing their full potential as community resources to educational systems throughout New Jersey and create a stronger infrastructure for arts education statewide.

Arts Education Special Initiative Guidelines

Arts Basic to Education Grants (ABE)

Recipients of GOS or GPS are eligible to apply for this to support new or expanded programs that make substantial contributions to quality arts education in schools. This grant category intends to aid arts organizations in developing their full potential as community resources to educational systems throughout New Jersey and create a stronger infrastructure for arts education statewide.

The Arts Basic to Education (ABE) category supports the operations of nonprofit organizations (not schools) that have a focus on making the arts a basic part of a sound, quality education by providing school-time and school-based arts programs for students in pre-kindergarten to grade 12 that are directly connected to the curriculum and/or to professional development for teachers. Those programs provide direct learning about art, art forms, and the processes of creating and expressing art (not the learning of other subjects through arts) by teaching artists.

While such activities as student assembly programs, one-time or short-term workshops are important, valuable and much-needed supplements to arts education, the ABE category supports and encourages longer-term in-school programs that lead to further development of core curriculum in the arts and help meet school-defined goals.

Therefore ABE stresses a direct and usually longer-term relationship between the nonprofit provider of the arts learning experience and the educational institution. An ABE organization's program should be grade and learning level appropriate and taught in a sequential manner. The teaching artists involved should be reviewed for their artistic and education abilities and prepared to collaborate with teachers.
Arts Education Cosponsored Programs

Through the Council's many cosponsored projects in arts education, several important objectives are achieved: the annual placement of scores of professional artists in classrooms everywhere, the professional training of artists and educators to work effectively together, support for arts education advocacy and literacy in the arts, statewide focus on key issues, the creation of model, arts-infused schools and more.
New Jersey Arts Education Census Project

The New Jersey Visual and Performing Arts Survey is a statewide school-by-school mandatory survey for the visual and performing arts as part of the New Jersey Arts Education Census Project (NJAECP), a partnership of the Arts Council, the NJ Department of Education, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ Arts Education Partnership, ArtPride NJ Foundation and Quadrant Arts Education Research. The NJACP is a follow up to the 2005/2006 survey and will create a 360-degree view of arts education in New Jersey schools as well as measure any changes over the past five years.

The survey will quantify student enrollment in arts education programs for each school, establish spending patterns over time for arts education, providing a basis for analyses of growth and decline of enrollment relative to other school programs. In addition, economic, demographic, census, school report card and growth forecasts will be linked together to provide context regarding additional factors that impact access to arts education in a community. The final results will be housed in an interactive website housed at the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership.

Visit the arts education information and resource center at www.artsednj.org.
Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and implemented by state arts councils across the country. New Jersey Poetry Out Loud is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, in collaboration with Mayo Performing Arts Center, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, and a growing list of local partners. Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies of the United States.

Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance all while gaining public speaking skills, building self-confidence, and learning about their literary heritage. All New Jersey public, charter, private and parochial high schools and New Jersey home school associations are invited to participate.

Learn more at njpol.org.