art-alliance-classThe Art Alliance on Monmouth Street is one of 15 Red Bank area nonprofit entities named as grantees in the Monmouth Arts 2017 ArtHelps program.

Press release from Monmouth County Arts Council

Some two dozen arts groups in Monmouth County — 15 of them based in Red Bank and surrounding communities — have been named by Monmouth Arts as the recipients of their ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2017.

Designed to help Monmouth Arts meet its mission to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts, the grants will result in over 3,000 high quality, low cost art events (art exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater, film and festivals) estimated to reach over 800,000 people. The 24 awarded grants totaled $94,500, including $3,500 in mini-grants that will be awarded during the year for smaller arts projects by organizations including new and emerging groups.

The awards were presented at a networking meeting held at House of Independents in Asbury Park on September 21, an event during which Monmouth Arts premiered their new website, and special guest Michael Pilla of Pilla Creative Marketing spoke on building your audience with email marketing and Facebook ads.

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.

Congratulations to the Monmouth Arts 2017 ArtHelps Grantees:

Arcadian Chorale (Matawan) $3,325

Art Alliance of Monmouth County (Red Bank) $3,575

Art Society of Monmouth County (Monmouth Beach) $500

Asbury Park Music Foundation $2,000

Atlantic Highlands Arts Council $3,567

Ballet Company of the Performing Arts Ensemble (Red Bank) $4,619

Center Players (Freehold) $6,191

Company of Dance Arts (Tinton Falls) $6,500

Derling Dance Arts (Red Bank) $3,177

First Avenue Playhouse (Atlantic Highlands) $1,000

Guild of Creative Art (Shrewsbury) $2,500

Heart of New Jersey Chorus (Hazlet) $1,000

Jazz Arts Project (Red Bank, Asbury Park) $7,648

Middletown Arts Center $5,693

Monmouth Civic Chorus (Red Bank) $10,000

Monmouth Symphony Orchestra (Red Bank) $4,086

New Jersey Chamber Singers (Red Bank) $2,043

New Jersey State Youth Orchestra (Red Bank) $1,788

Phoenix Productions (Red Bank) $9,033

Pipes & Drums of the Atlantic Watch (Red Bank) $1,000

Premier Theatre Company (Asbury Park) $6,129

Red Bank RiverCenter $3,400

Shrewsbury Chorale $1,226

ZEYBRAH (Long Branch) $1,000

For further information on the ArtHelps Local Arts Program Grants contact Danielle Acerra at or at (732)212-1890 ext. 3.