Princeton Area Arts Organizations Awarded $1.5 Million in State Grants

The Spencers: Theatre of Illusion performs at McCarter Theatre earlier this year.

The New Jersey Council on the Arts announced $15.7 million in grants this week to nearly 800 local arts organizations across the state. State arts funding is appropriated through a dedicated hotel and motel occupancy fee and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. The awards were announced at the Arts Council’s 46th Annual Meeting held at the War Memorial in Trenton.

Mercer County organizations, most of them based in Princeton, were awarded a total of $1.54 million in funding, with McCarter Theatre receiving the largest grant in the county, $626,820.

Mercer recipients and their grant totals:



American Boychoir School – $147,120
Arts Council of Princeton – $46,158
Boheme Opera Company – $19,313
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers – $3,200
Greater Trenton Symphony Orchestra – $31,968
Grounds For Sculpture, Inc. – $42,964
International Sculpture Center – $34,248
McCarter Theatre Center/Performing Arts – $626,820
Mercer Co. Cultural & Heritage Commission – $92,577
Opera New Jersey – $62,905
Passage Theatre Company – $22,092
People and Stories Gente y Cuentos – $15,248
Princeton Girlchoir – $30,000
Princeton Pro Musica – $14,647
Princeton Symphony Orchestra – $45,592
The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey – $19,007
The Princeton Festival  – $19,000
The Trustees of Princeton University – $30,000
Young Audiences of New Jersey – $241,276

Total received by Mercer County organizations: $1,544,135

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  1. The State of New Jersey’s pension and retiree health care plans are underfunded by $100 billion, but the State was still able to find $30,000 to give to Princeton University, which has $17 billion in its endowment.

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