Council Members
Elizabeth A. Mattson, Chair
Carol Ann Herbert, 1st Vice Chair
Felicia Grant, 2nd Vice Chair

Sharon Burton Turner
Ofelia Garcia
Lana Gold Walder
Joyce C. Goore
Jeremy Grunin
Gina Hulings
Dolores A. Kirk
Ruth Lipper
Kevin M. O'Brien
Dr. Michael Penna
Vivian Scott Chew

ex officio members
Lieutenant Governor Tahesha Way, Secretary of State
Senator Holly T. Schepisi
Assemblyman James J. Kennedy
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:
225 West State Street, 4th Floor
Trenton, NJ 08608

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

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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.

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FY24 Council Public Meeting Dates


The NJ Department of Environmental Protection and the NJ State Council on the Arts have announced a funding opportunity for the 2024 Community-Based Art Grant Program to raise awareness of and start conversations about flooding related to climate change in our coastal areas.

Path Station

Public art opportunity: This call is for designs for vinyl murals that will be displayed at PATH's Exchange Place Station in Jersey City. See eligibility and selection criteria in the call for full details.

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Registration now open for The Business of Being an Artist virtual workshop series, and our Teaching Artist Community of Practice. Applications now open for the 2024 New Jersey Arts Annual.

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With these combined strategies, it is the Council’s goal to meet the changing needs in the field – keeping in mind the unique challenges and opportunities within the arts, arts education, and education sectors as a whole.

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Register today for this free Webinar Watch Party series on key financial management concepts for nonprofit arts leaders.

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New Jersey's rich arts community has a unique opportunity to engage their audiences with a once-in-a-generation initiative. RevolutionNJ is New Jersey's official commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States, happening in 2026. To get involved, visit!

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Find your County Arts Agency contact.

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We’re looking for grant review panelists for these FY25 grant program opportunities: General Operating Support, General Program Support, Projects Serving Artists, Folk & Traditional Arts Project.

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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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!
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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
The Performing Arts Readiness project strengthens emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.
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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