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Information on Newark Arts’ 2022 ArtStart Mini Grant Program



originally published: 01/18/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) – If you’re an artist with a community project idea, a resident looking to partner with a local arts organization, a nonprofit that supports Newark’s youth, or a school with an arts education program in need of funding, you may have funding Eligible for an ArtStart grant from Newark Arts.

Applications for the annual mini-grant program will be accepted on Monday, January 24, 2022. ArtStart provides funds for organizations and individuals to create music, dance, theater, film, visual and literary arts projects that benefit Newark residents and neighborhoods. The winning proposals will be awarded grants of up to $3,000. The application deadline is April 25, 2022.

“For 20 years, Newark Arts’ ArtStart grants have been a catalyst for access to the arts in every Newark community,” said Regina Barboza, interim executive director of Newark Arts. “These mini-scholarships have fueled many innovative arts and culture programs and showcased Newark as an arts-rich city. We always look forward to funding projects that advance the arts and culture of the community.”

ArtStart was founded in 2001 with the goal of promoting arts and cultural activities throughout the city of Newark, particularly for young and underserved populations. Since its inception, Newark Arts has awarded more than 200 ArtStart grants totaling approximately $550,000.

ArtStart has funded music and dance schools, local galleries, film and book projects, programs for children and seniors, and multidisciplinary community initiatives including neighborhood development plans.

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On Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. there will be an ArtStart information event (required for first-time applicants) via Zoom. Sign up by visiting

To apply and for more information, please visit The application deadline is April 25, 2022. For more information, email [email protected]

The mission of Newark Arts is to power the arts to transform lives. Founded in 1981 as the Newark Arts Council, the organization has a vision to become a nationally recognized catalyst for the collaborative power of the arts in the city of Newark and urban America. Newark Arts is the producer of Newark Creates, a community-led citywide cultural plan created in partnership with the City of Newark. Key Newark Arts initiatives include Arts Education Newark, the ArtStart Community Scholarship Program and the Newark Arts Festival. Newark Arts is generously supported by Prudential Financial, City of Newark, M&T Bank, PSEG, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Victoria Foundation, Turrell Fund, Bank of America, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Verizon, United Airlines, Hanini Group, and individuals, corporations, and institutions.

ArtStart was funded by the Prudential Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the New Jersey Arts and Culture Recovery Fund, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Turrell Fund, Bank of America, M&T Bank, and TD Bank.

PHOTO: Casey and her ukulele at STEAM Urban’s Keep Art Alive summer program, 2021 ArtStart Grantee


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