Areas of Expertise

  1. Provide quality arts education and lifelong opportunities for all.
  2. Engage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in the arts through grant making to artists and arts organizations.
  3. Sustain, identify, and create opportunities for arts leaders and artists to participate in development and social change initiatives statewide, while raising awareness and understanding of the importance of the arts.

Current Top Priorities for Guidance or Collaboration

Contact us to learn more about these current priority areas or to explore collaboration opportunities.
  1. Strategically support New Jersey artists and arts organizations.
  2. Provide quality arts education and lifelong opportunities for all.
  3. Engage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in the arts.
  4. Sustain, identify, and create opportunities for arts leaders and artists to participate in development and social change initiatives statewide, while raising awareness and understanding of the importance of the arts.

Geographical Areas Served:

Mid-Atlantic, Rural/Remote, Suburban/Exurban, Urban,

Primary Audience Served:

Artistic Discipline:

Arts and crafts, Dance, Folk - Traditional & Indigenous Arts, Literature and Storytelling, Media Arts, Multidisciplinary Arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts,

When I was asked to create a work of art exploring literacy, I wanted to create a dance but I had no dancers or a studio, so I chose to use my own body in the space I had, my yard. Fluent Nature is video of micro-choreography that explores what cannot be expressed with words, how nature has its own language, and how placing the human body in nature changes the story.

Title: What Is Me and What Is Not Me | Artist: Alex Chadwell | Medium: Music

My thinking on arts and literacy centers around the concept of literacies and artmaking as both sense-making and meaning-making processes that organically and inevitably overlap, intersect, and reciprocate. Compositionally, What is me and what is not me is a sound collage of sorts (there is no notation for the piece, and I'd be hard pressed to recreate it accurately) that abstractly and aurally represents the relationships between literacies and artmaking.

Title: A Curious Honeybee | Artist: Gideon Young | Medium: Film

Offering welcome through traditional and digital elements of literacy, A Curious Honeybee provides an experiential learning environment by activating visual, musical, natural, and emotional literacies.

Title: Tercera Llamada | Artist: Karilú Forshee | Medium: Audio

La Carpa Theatre is a project that I am currently directing in the Detroit Latinx community. The project aims to strengthen and uplift youth voices through devised theatre, in the style of the Mexican Carpas. This audio was created in the theatrical environment envisioned for our project. The ways in which literacies are re-defined are at the heart of La Carpa Theatre's mission.

Title: Literaseas | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite and ink on paper with digital edits

Title: A Riddle | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits

Title: False Binaries | Artist: MJ Robinson | Medium: Graphite on paper with digital edits