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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Zoom Virtual Meeting
Tuesday, October 27, 11am

Meeting agenda for October 27

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Join the Arts Council and The Actors Fund for this informative, free webinar to help NJ freelance artists and arts workers understand what's available to them through the Affordable Care Act.

NJ Poetry Out Loud

New Jersey Poetry Out Loud will be virtual for 2020-2021! Bring the power of poetry into your school, community organization, club, or after-school program.

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The Artists in Education Residency Grant Program (AIE) places highly qualified professional artists in schools for 20 days or more. Any New Jersey public, private, charter, or parochial school serving grades Pre-K through 12 is eligible to apply.


A coalition of funders has established the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund (NJACRF) to help ensure the survival of the state’s cultural sector that has faced economic devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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.

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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State of the Arts Video Frame - Link - https://www.state.nj.us/state/njsca/dos_njsca_state-of-the-arts.html
Discover Jersey Arts Events, exhibits, & performances near you, visit jerseyarts.com.
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For The Field

Opportunities for Artists & Arts Organizations
Keep Jersey Arts Alive Keep Jersey Arts Alive
Your voice is vital to making sure the arts are included in NJ recovery from COVID-19.
CaFE Join CaFE!
Public art projects, juried visual arts and calls for entry? Free Registration!
NJ Cultural Alliance NJ Cultural Alliance for Response
Statewide Emergency response network for the arts.
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Performing Arts Readiness Performing Arts Readiness Monthly
Be prepared for emergencies of all kinds.
Past Archives
Passing it On Passing it On
Check out Passing it On, the Council’s new publication devoted to Folk Artists in New Jersey!
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