MORRISTOWN, NJ, Aug 4, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – New Jersey Theater Alliance (“The Alliance”), one of the state’s largest arts service organizations, recently received a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (“NJSCA”). The awards announced last week were part of the largest state credit the council has ever received in its 55-year history – $ 31.9 million under the governor’s approved state budget Murphy last month.
“This is a historic time for the New Jersey arts community. We thank Governor Murphy, Secretary of State Way and the New Jersey State Legislature for their belief in the impact of the arts on our communities and the souls of our fellow New Jersey citizens, ”said John McEwen, executive director of the New Jersey Theater Alliance.
For the first time in over a decade, the budget of the NJSCA has been increased by 60%. As reported by the Council, $ 35.6 million in grants has been awarded to support more than 700 arts organizations, projects and artists statewide. The grants also included $ 7.5 million in coronavirus relief funds, which were enacted by Governor Murphy earlier this year as part of a multi-bill program aimed at economic recovery.
“Given the extraordinary times we are living in, increasing funding for the arts makes me shine with pride in the leadership of our great state,” says Marshall Jones, III, Associate Professor – Theater, Mason Gross School of the Arts Rutgers and Chairman of the Alliance Board. John J. Wooten, Creative Director of Production of Premiere Stages and Chairman of the Alliance Board of Directors, adds: “The increased funding for the NJSCA could not have come at a more critical time. As theaters begin to move from virtual presentations to live productions, significant challenges remain. These enhanced resources will not only help theaters safely respawn, but will also help them explore creative ways to rethink their missions in a post-COVID world. Increased funding for the New Jersey Theater Alliance will also ensure that the incredible work the Alliance has done to help the members of the NJ Theater in their efforts to reopen will continue. “
A 33% increase in the NJSCA brought the Alliance’s General Operating Support (GOS) grant to a total of $ 208,705, support for their Cultural Access Network project, a co-sponsored project that provides a wide range of services and programs to help theaters and cultural organizations make their programs and facilities accessible to seniors and people with disabilities, remained at a grant level of $ 70,000 and received a grant of $ 46,000 $ as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).
“We are grateful for the support and partnership of the Board of Trustees and staff of the State Arts Council who have done an outstanding job in elevating our domain during this unprecedented time. We thank our ArtPride New Jersey colleagues and all art advocates across the state for their tireless efforts and encouragement in support of our field. This has been the most difficult time for our industry and as we continue to chart new paths and begin to welcome the public again safely, these increased funds will have a major impact in helping our field on the path to stability. ”McEwen said.
About the New Jersey Theater Alliance
Founded in 1981, the New Jersey Theater Alliance ( https://njtheatrealliance.org/ ) was the first statewide service organization for professional nonprofit theater companies in the United States, and is a leader in the development of model programs that unite, promote, empower and cultivate professional theater in New Jersey. Funding for the New Jersey Theater Alliance, a nonprofit organization, is provided in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism, and Contributions individuals, businesses and foundations including Amazon, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Grunin Foundation, Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Bank of America, City National Bank, Shubert Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Investors Bank, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, Kessler Foundation, The FM Kirby Foundation, EJ Grassmann Trust and The Union Foundation.
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