New Jersey State Council on the Arts

New Jersey State Council on the Arts

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts works to support, encourage, and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey.

Creative Aging Profile

We believe the arts are central to every element we value most in a modern society including: human understanding, cultural and civic pride, strong communities, excellent schools, lifelong learning, creative expression, and economic opportunity. The Council is pleased to co-sponsor the New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Show which recognizes and celebrates the remarkable artistic talent of New Jersey’s older residents.

 

Agency Initiative

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts receives funding from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee and through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since 1966, the Arts Council’s professional staff and volunteer board have worked to improve the quality of life in New Jersey by helping the arts to flourish through a comprehensive roster of programs, service and competitive grants. Public funds invested through the Arts Council continue to have a profound positive impact on communities and individuals statewide.

Annually, support for New Jersey’s arts industry contributes to quality lifetime learning opportunities and increased health and wellness, stimulates $1.2 billion in economic activity, supports 20,000 businesses, sustains more than 80,000 jobs and returns $41 million in state tax revenue.

 

Agency Creative Aging Resources & Tools

Cultural Access Network of New Jersey

The  Cultural Access Network of New Jersey was created in 1992 to assist all cultural arts organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities.  The Cultural Access Network is comprised of individuals with specific knowledge and expertise in areas relating to accessible programming and facilities. Since its inception, the Cultural Access Network has been a resource for New Jersey’s arts community to use as they make structural and programmatic changes in order to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  All of the Cultural Access Network’s programs and services are made possible by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey

The Alliance for Arts & Health New Jersey connects artists and arts professionals and those who provide health and wellness services in order to educate, advocate, and advance best practices in arts and health.

Demographics

New Jersey’s older adult population is growing and diverse. 2010 Census data ranked the state 11th in the nation in overall population and 10th in the number of individuals (1,666,535) age 60 and older. From 2000 to 2010, the percentage of New Jersey residents age 60 and older rose 15%. The largest population growth was among the youngest cohort, age 60-64 years, at 45.3%, and the oldest, age 85 and over, at 32.1%. This change reflects the aging of the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) and their parents. The population over age 60 years is projected to grow substantially in the near future.

By 2030, the population in this age group in New Jersey is projected to be 2.5 million. People aged 60 and over represented 19% of the state population in 2010: by 2030, this figure is expected to rise to 25.6%. New Jersey is one of the most diverse states in the nation across all generations. Among state residents aged 60 years and over, 42.6 % are from racial or ethnic minority groups compared to 37.7 percent nationally. According to the 2010 Census, 9.8% were non Hispanic black, 8.5% were Hispanic and 5.3% were Asian and Pacific Islanders.

In the 60 and older age group, 55.9 % are married and 24.7% are widowed. In addition, 40.8% are living alone. There is also a significant gender gap among New Jersey older adults. Women account for 56.8% of the population age 60 and older, and 68.6% of the population age 85 and older.

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Creative Aging Point Person

Mary Eileen Fouratt, Program Officer & Accessibility Coordinator

Mary Eileen Fouratt is a Program Officer and Accessibility Coordinator with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her portfolio includes theaters, presenters and multidisciplinary organizations. She serves as the liaison to the Cultural Access Network of New Jersey, a co-sponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. The Cultural Access Network was created in 1992 to assist New Jersey’s cultural organizations in making their programs and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities, CAN is comprised of volunteers with and without disabilities who serve as the ADA advisory board to the NJ State Council on the Arts.