Council on the Arts

The arts are integral to what makes New Jersey a special place to live, work, visit, and raise a family.

As an industry, the nonprofit arts generate more than a half billion dollars to our state’s economy, employ nearly 19,000 of its citizens, and transform sleepy towns into vibrant communities. As a critical component to education, the arts provide skills that prepare students to become 21st century leaders while offering lifelong learning opportunities that nourish our souls. When it comes to our health and wellness, the value of participating in creative activities is well documented in medical and scientific journals.

Select from the categories below to explore videos that illustrate how the arts affect New Jerseyans every day. You can also view statewide impact data or use the dropdown menu to see the arts at work in your community.

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