Creative organizations throughout the state received a total of more than $15.7 million in grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. That total is nearly $100,000 more than what was awarded in 2013.
Among the top recipients were the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Museum, each receiving over $1 million. Others receiving includ the Bergen Performing Arts Center, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony.
"The funds awarded today will serve as a catalyst for the economic growth and creative vitality of communities statewide," said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who also serves as Secretary of State, in a statement.
"The cultural assets in every region help shape New Jersey as a unique tourist destination and a desirable place to live, work, do business and raise a family. The arts industry is critical to New Jersey's future and Governor Christie and I remain committed to maintaining New Jersey's place as a national leader in support for the arts."