ABOUT MONMOUTH ARTS
where community + arts connect
Monmouth Arts provides programs and services that support the practice, presence, and influence of the arts and of artists throughout Monmouth County.
Monmouth Arts is a leading, independent, 501c(3) arts advocacy organization that delivers needed programs and services to artists, member organizations, and art affiliates to ensure the arts thrive in every corner of Monmouth County. Assistance and support from Monmouth Arts is accessible in the form of advocacy, programming, policy development, leadership, funding, outreach, promotion, information, and knowledge-based expertise. Guided by our mission and goals, and with help from our arts partners, we collectively undertake actions that reflect our core values as we seek to elevate the visibility of the arts in the community, increase and diversify membership, and expand our influence on behalf of the arts. We are committed to having a staff and Board of Trustees that are dedicated, responsive, and representative of the people and interests of the community we serve. Our work supports local art programs, the pursuit of personal expression, and community development through creative placemaking, resulting in positive economic, social, and cultural outcomes. What we do is dynamic and transformative for individuals as well as the community; requiring us to respond and adapt to the changing needs of those we serve. Because of our efforts, we are viewed by those we assist, and by the public, as one of the foremost arts and cultural agencies in the State of New Jersey. Monmouth Arts is Monmouth County’s official arts agency dedicated to improving the quality-of-life for all those who live, work, and visit here by connecting the arts, artists, and the community.
WHO WE ARE
Monmouth Arts believes in and supports:
Inclusion | Access to the arts without physical, economic, or cultural barriers.
Diversity | Giving everyone an opportunity to participate in or experience their preferred form of artistic expression.
Community | The arts as an agent of change that encourages closer social engagement deepens multi-cultural understanding, and improves economic conditions wherever they thrive.
Service | Meeting the needs of artists and the arts community by providing valuable programming and services.
Connection | Allowing freedom for creative expression that connects and bonds people to one another through their joy in the arts, instilling within ourselves a stronger sense of community and self-identity.
Inspiration | The transformative power of the arts to deepen our understanding of ourselves and our perception of the world around us, thus the arts’ ability to change thought and motivate action within each of us.
Advocacy | Being a visible and vocal champion of the arts, artists, and arts education.
As the official county arts agency, it’s our goal to perpetuate a vibrant arts community that truly enhances the quality of life in Monmouth County. Whether you’re an artist or a member of the audience, you’re sure to benefit from what Monmouth Arts has to offer.
Our programs are made possible through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts. For more information about MA, please contact us at 732.212.1890.
Monmouth Arts was founded in 1971 after the Junior League of Monmouth County surveyed the community and identified the need for a central agency to coordinate and assist all county artists and arts organizations. With seed money from the Junior League and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Monmouth Arts was designated as the official county arts agency, made up of arts groups, artists, and supporters of the arts. At that point, the organization began providing assistance and services to strengthen the arts and the quality of life in Monmouth County.
In 1973, an anonymous donor provided Monmouth Arts with funds to purchase Walter Reade’s Carlton Theatre in Red Bank. The theater was renamed the Count Basie Theatre in 1984 following the death of Red Bank native William James “Count” Basie. In 1999, Monmouth Arts and the Count Basie Theatre separated into two nonprofit organizations so that each organization could better focus on its individual mission.
Today, through a variety of programs and services, Monmouth Arts continues to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts throughout Monmouth County.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Chair | Joe Barris
Vice Chair | Michelle Williams
Secretary | Kelly Barratt
Treasurer | Vickie J. Snoy
Past Chair | Kathy Donnelly
Perry Beneduce | Luke Breslin, Esq. | Chris Curcia | Leslie Curran | Margot Goldberg | Peder Hagberg | Sara Karlen Lacombe
Rich Murphy | Kristen Padovano | Melanie Penney, CPA | Lynn Reich | Victoria Reis | David Stout, Ph.D. | Gina Torello | Darrell Willis