Arts Ed NJ to Receive $100,000 Grant From National Endowment on the Arts

Arts Ed NJ has been approved for a $100,000 Grant for an Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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Priscilla Hopkins-Smith

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Arts Ed NJ


BURLINGTON, NJ - Arts Ed NJ has been approved for a $100,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award. 

The grant will support the collective impact advocacy campaign Arts Ed Now and for ALL, which was recently rebranded as Arts Ed Now and for ALL campaign. The campaign with its many statewide partners empowers advocates and informs the public about the need to expand arts education participation in all 5 state-mandated arts disciplines (music, dance, theatre, visuals arts and media arts) via Public Awareness and Engagement, Partnership Building, and Data Collection/Reporting.  

The Arts Ed Now and for ALL campaign is among 1,135 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling more than $37 million as part of its second round of fiscal year 2024 grants.


“Projects like Arts Ed Now and for ALL campaigns exemplify the creativity and care with which communities are telling their stories, creating connection, and responding to challenges and opportunities in their communities—all through the arts,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “So many aspects of our communities such as cultural vitality, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, and the economy are advanced and improved through investments in art and design, and the National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring people across the country benefit.”

The grant will assist with expanding statewide support for arts education by publicly sharing information about arts education and its benefits in New Jersey. Communities will be able to leverage tools like the interactive Arts Education Data Dashboard to understand local arts education participation and review the results of an annual survey about school board candidates’ stance on arts education inorder to make informed decisions at the polls this November. 

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the NEA.” said Arts Ed NJ Executive Director, Wendy Liscow. “This grant will allow us to engage youth and adults from across the state in ensuring that every child in NJ has access to a high-quality, comprehensive arts education. Building on our recent successful Youth Arts Ed Council pilot program and Youth Summit, we will now be able to expand the program to engage more students over a longer period of time and in news ways that will magnify our Arts Ed Now and for ALL campaign.” 

The Arts Ed Now and for ALL campaign is a collective impact movement to empower advocates to demand high-quality, sequential, equitable preK-12 arts education in New Jersey. NJ students deserve the benefits of arts education including increased test scores, increased civic engagement, building confidence, social emotional benefits, and especially connecting to school and each other during these challenging times. As a statewide community of champions, we are committed to increasing participation and the impact of arts education for every student in every school in New Jersey.

For more information on other projects included in the

NEA grant announcement


About Arts Ed NJ

Arts Ed NJ organizes an active coalition of statewide partners that works to ensure that all New Jersey PreK-12 students participate in a high quality, sequential, equitable arts education that celebrates diverse lived experiences and artistic expression and prepares the creative leaders of tomorrow.  A major component of Arts Ed NJ’s work is the Arts Ed Now campaign which offers customizable grassroot tools to increase participation in arts education at a local level and garner public support to ensure every NJ child receives the quality arts education mandated by the state. 

Arts Ed NJ’s Arts Education and Social Emotional Learning Center supports the advancement of practices that are healing centered, culturally responsive, and grounded in the best practices offered by our social emotional learning framework.

Additional information is available at www.artsednj.org and

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