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 email@example.com or at (732)212-1890 ext. 3.