Mayor Fulop Awards $1 Million to 88 Artists & Arts Organizations with Historic 2nd Round of Arts & Culture Grants
Posted on 04/28/2023
NJ’s 1st and Only Arts & Culture Trust Fund Hailed a Major Success as Jersey City’s Investment in Arts Helps Grow the Local Economy, Improve Quality of Life, Foster Community, and Drive Tourism & Revenues to Local Businesses

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Mayor Steven M. Fulop joins City Council members and the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee to award a historic $1 million in critical grants to support 88 artists, educational arts programs, and arts organizations that expand the impact and inclusiveness of the arts in Jersey City, build community connections through art, and develop creative and economic opportunities for artists. Of the grants awarded, 68 are for arts programs and organizations, with an average award of over $14,000. The remaining 20 fellowship grants will provide individual artists with $5,000 each.

The Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee unanimously voted the $1 million in grants through last night. The awardees represent a diverse mix of grantees with funds to support the growth of Jersey City-based programming. Today’s announcement marks a major milestone in the Fulop Administration’s efforts to strengthen and support the City’s vibrant arts community and growing reputation as a sought-after destination for arts and culture.

“We are still the first and only municipality in New Jersey to administer an Arts and Culture Trust Fund, and I hope other municipalities will follow suit as they witness the short- and long-term benefits Jersey City experiences as a result of our investment in the arts from boosting our local economy and improving residents’ well-being to fostering community and driving tourism and revenue to our businesses,” said Mayor Fulop. “Coupled with the major projects underway in Journal Square and elsewhere throughout our City, the fact that we have now allocated nearly $2 million through this voter-approved Trust Fund is a testament to our efforts and the important progress we are making.”

"We are exceptionally proud to announce our 2023 JCACTF grantees. This year's grantees spotlight the diversity that makes Jersey City the uniquely special place that it is. We love seeing the continued growth and expansion of our impactful arts programming all across the City, and this second round of grants is key to that," said Elizabeth Phillips-Lorenzo, Co-chair of the Arts & Culture Trust Fund Committee.

The second allocation of the Arts and Culture Trust Fund provides grants to organizations and individuals with an emphasis on diversity, equity access, and inclusion that provide direct public benefits in the following categories: Arts Education, Arts and Culture Programming, and Arts and Culture Operational Support. The grants support a wide range of projects, from theater and music performances to visual arts exhibitions and arts education classes.

Jazz photo pier“The Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund grant has been incredibly helpful for Riverview Jazz. We run free events for the community all year, but it is often a struggle for us to continuously work year round to maximize the community benefit,” added Bryan Beninghove, the Executive Director of Riverview Jazz. “This fund gives us the ability and flexibility to produce more events of quality for our great City. The JC Arts Trust Fund is a game changer!”

An independent review panel of arts professionals evaluated each grant application. The panel then made their recommendations to the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund Committee.

After Jersey City voters strongly supported implementing the $.0025 tax levy as a sustainable funding source for arts and culture in 2020, the Trust Fund was designed through a year-long public process, with Jersey City’s residents and local artists participating in the visioning. The fund is led by the Trust Fund Committee and administered by the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs.

In February 2022, the first round of Arts & Culture Trust Fund grants allocated $850,000 to provide meaningful support to help local artists and arts organizations throughout Jersey City grow and thrive. To view the full list of grant awardees, please visit the Office of Cultural Affairs website.

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