On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts doled out $15.8 million in Fiscal Year 2011-12 funding to arts groups at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton. The three groups that got the most funding are all based in Newark.
This year, the largest grant in the amount of $1,116,779 went to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, which has historically gotten the lion's share of funds in years past, according to a symphony spokesman.
The New Jersey Performing Arts Center got the second largest grant in the amount of $1,065,433.
The Newark Museum received the third largest grant in the amount of $1 million to fund general operating costs. This was the first year that the museum was asked to apply for arts council funding instead of receiving line-item funding from elsewhere in the budget. For the past two years, the budget allocated more than $2 million to the museum.
"Our trustees and staff have been working hard over the last two years on what we consider a virtual paradigm shift in the move from a publicly-funded arts community to essentially what will be a privately funded community, funded by private donors and corporate foundation donors," said the museum's director Mary Sue Price.
John Pietrowski, artistic director of the Playwrights Theater of New Jersey, breathed a sigh of relief at the $165,199 in funding that his organization got. He had feared that the theater would have to make major cuts to its programs.
"This is very good, I think," Pietrowski said. "Better than we expected, I have to say. Life is somewhat beautiful. We'll live to haunt the state another year."
Here's a list of other groups that received over $100,000 grants:
- American Repertory Ballet Company: $175,551
- American Boychoir School: $147,120
- Newark Public Radio, Inc. WBGO-FM: $205,343
- Symphony in C: $133,026
- Paper Mill Playhouse: $719,409
- Joseph P. Hayes Surflight Theatre: $103,610
- George Street Playhouse: $160,687
- McCarter Theatre Center/Performing Arts: $626,820
- Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey: $157,717
- Two River Theatre Company: $118,812
- Montclair Art Museum: $246,956
- Rutgers Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum: $125,073
- Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center: $466,365
- ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, Inc.: $507,522
- Richard Stockton College: $200,000
- Cumberland County Cultural & Heritage Commission: $109,590
- Essex County Division. of Cultural & Historic Affairs: $120,035
- Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs: $101,279
- Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission: $163,864
- Monmouth County Arts Council, Inc.: $157,398
- Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs: $137,917
- Appel Farm Arts & Music Center: $311,410
- Morris Museum: $149,262
- Newark School of the Arts, Inc.: $147,163
- Non-Profit Finance Fund: $125,000
- Perkins Center for the Arts: $132,126
- Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts: $163,500
- Arts Horizons, Inc.: $155,735
- Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey: $106,600
- Young Audiences of New Jersey: $133,193
- Bergen Performing Arts Center Inc: $132,699
- Count Basie Theatre, Inc.: $178,815
- R. Stockton Col./Performing Arts Center: $101,020
- South Street Theater/The Community: $170,717
- State Theatre in New Brunswick: $294,844
- South Jersey Cultural Alliance: $247,725
- Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: $192,249
A full list of grantees is available online here.