MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ:  In times of crisis, the role of Monmouth Arts is to connect the arts community to vital information, resources, and emergency funding. As Monmouth County’s primary “Arts Responder,” Monmouth Arts will continue providing essential services to artists, art organizations, and arts-related businesses through information gathering and dissemination, financial assistance, and advocacy. Teresa Staub, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts, said, “As the leading arts organization in the County, it is our responsibility to keep the arts thriving during this unprecedented time.”

With this objective in mind, Monmouth Arts is surveying individuals, nonprofits, and businesses to assess the impact COVID-19 is having on local arts, to learn of virtual services organizations and artists are offering, and to gauge how best we can serve members and the arts community. Please contribute your experience here.

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Monmouth Arts has created a special section on the Resources page of the Monmouth Arts website (www.monmoutharts.org) for COVID-19 concerns. The Monmouth Arts team has gathered information and recommendations for the general public, children, parents, businesses, employers, employees, artists, and arts organizations. The “Experience the Arts Virtually” section offers online exhibitions, opera and concert streaming, e-libraries, and art classes. There’s also a section for ways to help out during this crisis, whether you’re an arts supporter, a philanthropist, or a concerned member of the community.

The Teen Arts Virtual Stage + Showcase, a new program of Monmouth Arts, reaches out to teen artists aged 13-19 whose concerts, shows, or exhibitions might have been canceled and who are looking for a creative outlet. The Stage + Showcase will go live for streaming every Friday, featuring the arts submissions that have been gathered over the course of each week. Teens can learn how to submit here. The first Teen Arts Virtual Stage + Showcase will go live on Friday, April 3 on the Monmouth Arts website and on Monmouth Arts’ social media.

Monmouth Arts’ micro-gallery, ArtSpace 105, is going virtual for the time being. “What Eye See,” an exhibit of artwork by Red Bank Catholic High School students, can be toured virtually. Although regularly scheduled gallery exhibits are postponed, Monmouth Arts is calling for its members to submit their art for the second Digital Gallery exhibit, going live on the Monmouth Arts website in April.

Monmouth Arts’ workshops will be presented online, so that those in need can still find the guidance they are looking for. The Monmouth Arts team will stay in touch with nonprofits, businesses, artists, performers, educators, supporters, and students however possible until face-to-face connections can happen once again.

To stay informed on Monmouth Arts’ programs and initiatives, follow the Artzine, ArtOps and Get Out & Get Art (currently titled Get [Online] & Get Art) newsletters, and through social media. Concerns or questions can be sent to Teresa Staub, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts, teresa@monmoutharts.org.