The mission of the Arts Council is to improve the quality of life of this state by helping the arts to flourish.
Council Members
Elizabeth A. Mattson, Chair
Sharon Burton Turner, 1st Vice Chair
Kevin M. O'Brien, 2nd Vice Chair

Vivian Scott Chew
Ofelia Garcia
Joyce C. Goore
Carol Ann Herbert
Dolores A. Kirk
Ruth Lipper
Lana Gold Walder

ex officio members
Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Senator Thomas H. Kean, Jr.
Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Contact The NJ State Council
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

Tel: (609) 292-6130
NJ Relay: 711

Email: Feedback@sos.nj.gov
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New Jersey State Council on the Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

In 1966, the legislature passed and the governor signed a law creating the NJ State Council on the Arts and directing us to do all that is necessary and appropriate to: support, encourage, and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey.

More about the Arts Council

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We're working closely with federal, state, and local partners to help inform recovery funding and technical assistance for artists and arts organizations in NJ impacted by COVID-19. Please help us by answering our brief survey by Monday, March 30th.

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During the COVID-19 crisis, the Arts Council will be compiling resources for artists and organizations who are experiencing personal or business losses due to the economic impact of the pandemic.


Please fill out this brief survey created by Americans for the Arts, which will give us real-time insights at both the national and local levels.

NJ Poetry Out Loud

The Council is seeking proposals from eligible organizations to serve as the lead partner to manage, strengthen, and grow POL in New Jersey.

Cultural Access Network Project

Access Thursdays are an opportunity for colleagues to get together for peer-to-peer learning around specific issues related to cultural access.

Photo Credits: AC Jimenez/Appel Farm Arts & Music Center; Seward Johnson, La Promenade, 1999, Photo by David W. Steele/Grounds For Sculpture; NJ Youth Theatre
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Opportunities for Artists & Arts Organizations
Art Matters Art Matters NJ
Making the case for the arts across the state.
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NJ Cultural Alliance NJ Cultural Alliance for Response
Statewide Emergency response network for the arts.
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