MCAC Announces Art Program Awards

December 9, 2011
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RED BANK) – The Monmouth County Arts Council (MCAC) is has announced its Local Arts Program Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2012.  The mission of MCAC is to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts.  These grants will certainly do that by resulting in over 1,000 high quality, low cost arts events including art exhibitions, concerts, dance, theater, film and festivals throughout Monmouth County for children and adults.  Twenty Nine groups submitted grants requesting a total of $522,297. The awarded grants totaled $95,000 including 10 mini-grants that will be awarded during the year.

“The arts programs heavily contribute to the reason many people live in Monmouth county.” said Mary Eileen Fouratt, MCAC Executive Director.  “We invite everyone to go to to learn about all the art events taking place throughout the county.”   These organizations went through a competitive grant process to receive these awards.  A panel of arts experts evaluated the grants and made recommendations which were approved by the MCAC Board of Trustees.

Recommendations were based 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.

The grants include General Operating Support (GOS) for arts organizations, General Program Support (GPS) for other types of non-profit organizations that have significant arts programs, Special Project Support (SP) for all types of non-profit organizations, and Technical Assistance (TA).   Mini-Grants of $500 are still available in 2012 for new art programs.  For further information on the Local Arts Grant Program contact Danny Tamez, Community Arts Director at or at 732-212-1890 ext. 3.

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 Organization                                      Type        Discipline                  Grant



Arc Resources Unlimited                       SP          Visual Arts                  1,200

Atlantic Highlands Arts Council             SP          Media Arts                  1,500

Axelrod Performing Arts Center           GPS        Multi-Disciplinary        1,400

Monmouth Festival of the Arts              SP          Visual Arts                  2,600

Bayonet Farm                                       SP          Multi-Disciplinary        1,000

Red Bank RiverCenter                          SP          Multi-Disciplinary        2,300

Monmouth Conservatory of Music        GOS       Instrumental Music      1,700

Garden State Film Festival                    SP           Media Arts                10,000

Revision Theatre                                   GOS       Theatre                        7,360

Shrewsbury Chorale                             SP           choral music                1,000

Art Alliance                                          GOS      Visual Arts                    1,400

Keyport Cultural Harmony/                  SP          Multi-Disciplinary          1,200

Latino Festival of Monmouth County

Liberty Oak Chorus                             GOS       choral music                 1,050

Ballet Co./Performing Arts Ensemble    GOS       Dance                          3,850

Downtown Concert Series                    SP          music                           1,000

Art Society of Keyport                         SP          Visual Arts                   1,000

Brookdale Performing Arts Center       GPS        theatre                          1,000

Starburst Productions/ First Ave Pl       TA          Theatre                         3,000

Center Players                                     GOS       Theatre                         6,190

Guild of Creative Art                           GOS       Visual Arts                    2,500

Jazz Arts Project                                 GOS       other                             4,600

Monmouth Civic Chorus                      GOS       choral music                10,000

Arcadian Chorale                                GOS       choral music                  3,000

Phoenix Productions                            GOS       Theatre                         5,750

Middletown Arts Council                    GOS       Multi-Disciplinary           3,700

New Jersey Chamber Singers              GOS       choral music                  1,000

Company of Dance Arts                      GOS       Dance                           6,500

Heart of New Jersey Chorus               GOS        choral music                 1,300

Belmar Arts Council                            GOS       Multi-Disciplinary          1,900


TOTAL                                               90,000

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