(WARREN, NJ) -- National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $98,000 to Arts Ed NJ for expansion of the ARTS ED NOW public action campaign. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking, and will award 977 grants in this category.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Arts Ed NJ are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”
“This NEA grant serves as recognition of the important work of both Arts Ed NJ and the ARTS ED NOW campaign and will serve as a boost to our efforts to expand arts participation in all of our schools across New Jersey,” stated Bob Morrison, Director of Arts Ed NJ.
ARTS ED NOW is a statewide public action initiative dedicated to the goal of expanding access to, and participation in, quality arts education for all students throughout New Jersey. Current support comes from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, NJ Education Association, and a partnership team including all major statewide arts and education organizations/associations.
This NEA grant will support the fifth campaign phase of ARTS ED NOW for the 2019/2020 school year. This phase will further empower citizens - with an emphasis on students - with arts education data and local activation strategies, will expand statewide public awareness/support and will implement policies to achieve the campaign's goals including universal access to arts education.
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Arts Ed NJ is the unified voice for arts education in New Jersey. Arts Ed NJ (previously the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership) was originally founded in 2007 as a cosponsored program of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, with additional support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Department of Education and Music for All Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The mission of the Arts Ed NJ is to provide a unified voice for a diverse group of constituents who agree on the educational benefits and impact of the arts, specifically the contribution they make to student achievement and a civilized, sustainable society.