Another year, another NJSCA annual meeting on a hot summer day. This year arts administrators were smiling, but we’ve been trained through the MFA Program in Hart Knocks to be happy with whatever we receive in government support. This year, in yet another tough budget cycle, the new administration and legislature supported the minimums specified in the law, [ … ] Read more
The Star Ledger’s editorial of December 13, 2009 entitled, “Starving N.J. arts: A sad consequence of our budget crisis” is a callous and ill-considered opinion piece that shamelessly panders to an angry public faced with an economic debacle that was decades in the making. Most notably, The Ledger fails to recognize that state funding for the arts comes not from [ … ] Read more
We learned in 2000 that New Jersey’s non profit arts community generates over $1.5 billion each year. That comes from direct spending by arts institutions on salary, products and services AND the indirect spending of patrons who attend arts events throughout the State. The average spending of patrons outside of the price of admission to an event is $25.94 per [ … ] Read more
Straight From the HeART–If you are lost for words and want to find your voice in support of state arts funding, consider what others are saying! You can email or write your district legislators at ArtPride NJ’s Arts Action Center.
“…Most importantly, children are the future of the state of New Jersey. They will very soon be the [ … ] Read more
Governor Corzine announced his FY09 budget proposal today and the arts lost $5.9 million. It only took 5 years to get that much–a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Now we have to prove all over again that the arts are important to New Jersey residents. We can do that–the arts ARE important, and we are part of the solution, [ … ] Read more
For 41 years, arts appropriations have been tied to the Garden State’s up and down fiscal affairs.
Next year, funding will increase by $2.8 million to $21.5 million. The funds will be distributed among 800 New Jersey arts groups. Last week, the New Jersey State Council of the Arts announced grants.
The [ … ] Read more
Governor Corzine’s budget contains a 10% increase in funding for arts and history for FY08. Arts funding for cultural projects through the NJ State Council on the Arts is proposed at $21 million, which is $1.7 million shy of the 2006 level prescribed by legislation that established the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax.
History funding is proposed to increase $346,000 bringing it [ … ] Read more