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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Monmouth Arts Announces 2014 Local Arts Program Grants

(Red Bank, NJ) -- Monmouth Arts is pleased to announce their Local Arts Program Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2014.  These grants help Monmouth Arts meet its mission to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts.  These grants to 28 local arts groups will result in over 2,000 high quality, low cost art events including art exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater, film and festivals throughout outh County. Twenty eight (28) groups submitted grants requesting a total of $392,301. The awarded grants totaled $91,000 including 8 mini-grants that will be awarded during the year.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process evaluated by a panel of arts experts with recommendations sent to the Monmouth Arts Board of Trustees for approval.   Applications were evaluated on the following criteria:  Artistic Excellence and Organizational Capacity: broad public benefit; accessibility to the public; commitment to life long learning in the arts; accountability (financial soundness with broad support).  Funds for these grants come through the Local Arts Program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The awards were presented at a networking meeting held at The Spring Lake Community House and Theatre on September 18th and included highlights from ArtHelps, Monmouth Arts' program bringing the healing power of the arts to communities hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.

After losing their community mosaic mural to Hurricane Sandy, the Arts Society of Keyport is rebuilding the mosaic again on the water front of Keyport, NJ.  "We were given another chance through the help of Monmouth Arts and ArtHelps.  I dare any storm to do that again," said Arts Society of Keyport member Mary Ann McKay.  Monmouth Arts encourages everyone to visit to learn more about ArtHelps. 

The grants include General Operating Support (GOS) for arts organizations, General Program Support (GPS) for other types of non-profit organizations that have significant arts programs, Special Project Support (SP) for all types of non-profit organizations, Small Scale Arts Activity Grants (SSAA) and Mini-grants (MINI) for small and emerging groups.   For further information on the Local Arts Grant Program contact Mary Eileen Fouratt at or at 732-212-1890 ext. 2.

The programs of the Monmouth County Arts Council are made possible in part by funds from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

FY 2014 Grant Awards

Organization                              Type      Town                       Discipline        Grant Amount

ARC of Monmouth                       SP         Tinton Falls                Visual Arts                    1,000

Arcadian Chorale                        GOS       Matawan                    Choral music                3,100

Art Alliance of Mon. Cty.             GOS       Red Bank                    Visual Arts                   1,840

Atlantic Highlands Arts Cncl        GOS       Atlantic Highlands       Multi-disciplinary          1,800

Ballet Co Performing Arts Ens.     GOS       Red Bank                    Dance                          4,300

Belmar Arts Council                    GOS        Belmar                       Multi-disciplinary          1,900

Black Box of Asbury Park             SSAA      Asbury Park                Multi-disciplinary          1,000

Center Players                            GOS       Freehold                     Theatre                       6,190

Company of Dance Arts               GOS       Red Bank                    Dance                          6,500

Latino Coalition Foundation         SP          Freehold                    Multi-disciplinary          1,000

Derling Dance Arts                       SP         Red Bank                   Dance                           2,300

Downtown Concert Series             SP         Freehold                    Multi-disciplinary           1,000

Guild of Creative Art                   GOS       Shrewsbury                Visual Arts                    2,500

Heart of New Jersey Chorus         GOS       Hazlet                       Choral music                 1,300

Holmdel Theatre Company           GOS       Holmdel                     Theatre                        7,154        Jazz Arts Project                         GOS       Red Bank                   Music                           5,300

Liberty Oak Chorus                      SSAA      Freehold                    Choral Music                1,000

Middletown Arts Council               GOS       Middletown                Multi-disciplinary          4,250

Monmouth Civic Chorus                GOS       Red Bank                   Choral music              10,000
Monmouth County Historical Aso.  SP         Freehold                    Visual arts                    4,466

New Jersey Chamber Singers        GOS       Red Bank                   Choral music                1,150

New Jersey State Youth Orch.       SSAA      Red Bank                   Instrumental Music       1,000

Phoenix Productions                    GOS        Red Bank                   Theatre                       6,600

Premier Theatre Co.                    GOS        Asbury Park               Theatre                       5,500

Red Bank Rivercenter                   SP          Red Bank                    Multi-disciplinary         2,600

The Shrewsbury Chorale               SP          Shrewsbury                 Choral Music                1,250
Mini grants (8 awarded during 2014)   MINI       various                       various                       4,000

 TOTAL                                                                                                                     $ 91,000