WHO WE ARE

Who We Are

At Monmouth Arts (MA), our mission is simple: we enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts. We achieve this through arts education, collaboration, special events, grants, and more. In addition to supporting artists and art groups through our programs and services, we bring more than 2,500 high-quality, inexpensive or free concerts, films, dance and theater productions, musicals, creative writing programs, art exhibitions, and arts education programs to over 700,000 children and adults throughout the region each year. There are few things as powerful as the arts when it comes to community building. Art impacts all members of a society; it inspires, connects, educates, heals, motivates, and gives voice to communities. The importance of the arts throughout the course of our lives can never be underestimated.

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 MA has to offer. We hope that you’ll even consider supporting us to help keep our area’s many artistic endeavors alive and well.

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.

OUR HISTORY

Monmouth Arts (MA) 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, MA 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 MA 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, MA 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, MA continues to enrich the community by inspiring and fostering the arts throughout Monmouth County.

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OUR STAFF
MARYEILEEN FOURATT
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
mef@monmoutharts.org
PATRICIA HASSENKAMP
FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
ph@monmoutharts.org
Tammy Laverty
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
newmedia@monmoutharts.org
SANDY TAYLOR
ARTS EDUCATION DIRECTOR
sbt@monmoutharts.org
Danielle Acerra
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
arthelps@monmoutharts.org
MANDA GORSEGNER
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE
programassociate@monmoutharts.org
Heather Thompson
PROGRAM ASSISTANT
info@monmoutharts.org
BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OFFICERS
Chair | Kim Honecker | Vice Chair | Pam Marvin | Secretary | Barbara Reid
Treasurer | Vickie J. Snoy | Past Chair | Lynn Reich


BOARD MEMBERS
Joe Barris | Jody Calendar | Kathy Donnelly | Jessica Dudick | Jim Hickey | Roy Kasakove | Anthony Migliaccio | Richard Murphy | Vaune Peck | Harriet Primack | Gail Van Winkle

MONMOUTH ARTS STRATEGIC PLAN 2014-2016
We are making Monmouth County a better place to live, work & play! Download the 2014-16 Monmouth Arts Strategic Plan to see how we can make it happen.

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