MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ - The Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Office of Culture & Heritage are pleased to announce that over $180,000 has been awarded to local arts groups throughout the County through the 2016 County Support Grant Program for the Arts.

Middlesex County has the largest County Support Grant Program for the Arts and the only County Folk Arts Program in the State. Not-for-profit organizations and municipal groups based in Middlesex County were eligible to apply. Some 56 grants were awarded.


This program supports both established and emerging arts groups from various disciplines such as dance, folk arts, media arts, music, photography, theater, visual arts and festivals.

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“The Board of Chosen Freeholders is committed to enhancing arts and cultural programing in the County, and that is illustrated in the fact that we have the largest County Support Grant Program in the State of New Jersey,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios.  “The Local Arts Grants awarded in 2015 brought arts and culture programming to an audience of over 500,000 people. That is quite an accomplishment.”

This year Middlesex County received two Citations for Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, one for Major Arts Organizations and one for Service Organizations.


Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee, said: “The Office of Culture and Heritage has a long tradition of bringing educational and entertaining events to the people of Middlesex County. One of the best things about their mission, and this grant program, is finding contributors who enable audiences to enjoy quality experiences from a variety of different perspectives.”

The 2016 Local Arts Grants are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.



The following is a list of the recipients of the 2016 County Support Grant Program for the Arts:

Total amount granted $34,292:

10 Hairy Legs

Agraj Seva Kendra

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre

Casa de Educacion y Cultura Latina

CoLab Arts

Csurdongolo Folk Ensemble, Inc.

Edison Arts Society

Hungarian American Athletic Club Folk Dance Group

King's Academy of Dance

Metuchen Arts Council

Middlesex County Vocational & Technical School of the Arts

Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance, Inc.

Total amount granted

Indo-American Festivals

Hua Xia Chinese School at Plainsboro

Main Street Highland Park

Metuchen-Edison Area Branch NAACP

North Brunswick Township Heritage Day Committee

Perth Amboy Business Improvement District

Puerto Rican Association for Human Development, Inc.

Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission - Barron Arts Center

Total amount granted

Association of NJ Chinese Schools Youth Orchestra

Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra

Cantabile Chamber Chorale

Carnatic Music Association of North America

Edison Chinese Chorus

First Reformed Church

Highland Park Community Chorus

Hub City Jazz Festival

Makhelat Hamercaz Jewish Choir of Central NJ

Metuchen Recreation Commission

Monroe Township Cultural Arts Commission

Monroe Township Patrons of the Arts

Music Association for the Visually Impaired Students of NJ

New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra

Philomusica Choir

Sayreville Public Library

Saint Mary Church - Music at Saint Mary's

South Brunswick Public Library

UPAFR -- University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla

Who Is My Neighbor?

Photography/ Media Arts
Total amount granted
City of New Brunswick

New Brunswick Free Public Library

New Jersey Media Arts Center/Rutgers Film Co-op

Total amount granted
Elijah's Promise

City of Perth Amboy, Office of Parks & Recreation

East Brunswick Community Players

Epic Actors' Workshop & Choir

GB Productions, Inc.

Middlesex County Parks & Recreation/Plays-in-the-Park

New Jersey Institute for Disabilities

Township of Edison Health & Human Services EMA/BRIDGES

Visual Arts
Total amount granted $12,300:

Alfa Art Gallery

Piscataway Public Library

Carteret Business Partnership

Carteret Public Library

Raices Cultural Center

South Brunswick Arts Commission