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“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.” – Georgia O'Keeffe

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Middlesex County greatly values the arts as a vehicle for enhancing the lives of its residents. With support from the NJ State Council on the Arts, the county is dedicated to actively supporting and promoting cultural programming within all disciplines: Visual Arts, Theater, Music, Dance and Folklife. The arts can and should be accessible to people of all cultures, ages and abilities, and Middlesex County is proud to support programming that is accessible to all audiences. To this end, Middlesex County is pleased to offer several services to the community.

Grants - Seeking funding support for yourarts project?​
Grants are available to support local arts organizations as well as high-quality artistic programming offered by non-arts organizations or municipal agencies;  All grants are made possible by funding from Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

Gateway to the Arts 
Pre-selected grantees from our current Local Art Program are invited to apply for additional grant funding through “Gateway to the Arts”, a program designed to support and promote the talents and artistry of local arts organizations by providing an opportunity to utilize the venues in the County. Gateway to the Arts has been generously funded by Johnson & Johnson.

Workshops and Programs
Middlesex County presents several professional development workshops each year. The county engages professional experts in various areas of cultural management. These consultants offer their expertise for hands-on training, with the benefit of strengthening the infrastructure of local, not-for-profit organizations.  Past topics have included: Grant writing, Board Development, Social Media use and the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).  Art programs are offered in Piscataway, Monroe, Edison, and other locations in Middlesex County.

Art History Preservation Lending Library
A comprehensive lending library is available for loan or reference, consisting of over 2,000 publications.  For more information, email artsandhistory@co.middlesex.nj.us or call 732-745-4489.

Cultural Directory​
An extensive listing of individual artists, arts organizations, history-based organizations, and venues all based in Middlesex County!​ 



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​Office of Arts and History​
75 Bayard Street, 4th Fl.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
Phone Number: (732) 745-4489
Fax: (732) 745-4524
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