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Gateway to the Arts is a unique collaboration between Middlesex County Office of Arts & History and Johnson & Johnson. This partnership supports and promotes the artistry of local arts organizations by providing them with the opportunity to perform and showcase their talents in professional theater venues. In addition, the funding received from Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and New Jersey State Council on the Arts helps maintain the excellence of our core artistic and educational programs while demonstrating the entrepreneurial resolve to extend resources, know-how and creativity out into these communities we engage. These include the Local Arts Program and the Folklife Program for New Jersey.

​Middlesex County Office of Arts & History believes in the power of performing arts to transform lives and that the shared experience and exploration of the arts will help create a more culturally connected and vital community. 

Gateway to the Arts grant program offers support to organizations presenting performances in theater, dance and music. It is designed to:

  • Maximize the dollars granted by Middlesex County Office of Arts &History to diverse local performing groups, by providing a professional venue and technical services
  • To enhance the vibrancy of Middlesex County by bringing exceptionally talented diverse art groups/performers and new audiences
  • Assist in the professional development of diverse and local arts organizations, through training and technical assistance Improve the social well-being of county residents and audiences by fostering cultural equity, encouraging tolerance through understanding and appreciation of cultural differences

We help shape the Middlesex County of the future through meaningful collaborations with diverse communities, embracing creativity in all its forms, and enabling a more inclusive, vibrant performing arts scene across the region.

We do not consider any unsolicited proposals. For more information on criteria for the Gateway to the Arts grant, please contact us: or 732.745.4489

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