Teen Arts Festival 2015

Cover art for this year's "Art of the Street" theme. Created by Heather Thompson.

Cover art for this year’s “Art of the Street” theme. Created by Heather Thompson.

When: March 19th & 20th, 2015

Where: Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

The theme of the 2015 Teen Arts Festival is “Art of the Street”. Held on the Brookdale campus in Lincroft, this unique event is a great opportunity for teens ages 13 to 19 to experience all disciplines of the arts and participate in workshops, performances, exhibits, and critiques.

The Opening Reception for the festival will be held on March 18th at the CVA Gallery of Brookdale from 6-7pm.

Don’t forget to tag your pictures, posts, etc. with #MTAF15 so we can see how you’re prepping for/what you did at this year’s festival! We may even have some contests and giveaways going on, so keep a lookout for more news on that front, as well!

Hope to see you there!

Schools, students and teachers: please give us a big “like” on Facebook for updates and news for teens/educators!

Contact Sandy Taylor, Arts Education Director, with questions or concerns: sbt@monmoutharts.org or 732-212-1890 x 6

Monmouth Arts Annual Meeting is January 21st

B33S6h1IEAEw5QVWhen: Wednesday, January 21, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank

Please join the arts community as we gather for an evening of networking and conversation leading to new collaborations and partnerships! Monmouth Arts welcomes all current members and everyone who is interested in the arts. We will begin the meeting with voting on the Board slate for 2015, recognition of outgoing board members and a short update on Monmouth Arts initiatives. Also during the meeting, Monmouth Arts staff will be giving tours of our new storefront location right next door to the Count Basie Theatre, and collecting your ideas for using the new community space!

Come and socialize with the arts and creative community, make new connections and find your place with Monmouth Arts, where community and arts connect! Light fare and a cash bar will be available for your enjoyment.

RSVP to Danielle Acerra, Community Engagement Manager: arthelps@monmoutharts.org or 732-212-1890 x 3

2014 Annual Appeal


If you love the arts and you love Monmouth County please give as generously as you can to our Annual Fund, ensuring that Monmouth Arts continues to enrich our community by inspiring and fostering the arts.

This has been an exciting year for Monmouth Arts culminating in our move to a street level storefront location, right next to the Count Basie Theatre, where we can welcome the community and connect them to wonderful artists and arts groups!

Monmouth Arts

  • Strengthens small and emerging arts groups with workshops, networking      and nearly $100,000 in grants to arts groups through ArtHelps creating more than 2,000 art events for more than 725,000 people.

  • Engages 2,000 teen artists, arts educators and professional artists at the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival & Arts Education Awards.

  • Connects businesses, government and arts groups to leverage the economic power of the arts through the MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership.

  • Advocates for the arts on a local, state and federal level and provides the arts community with the most current information on arts policy and issues.

This year we are honored to be one of the nonprofits featured in the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s Jersey Give-Back Guide based on how innovative, collaborative and financially healthy Monmouth Arts is and how deeply and effectively we engage our community.

Art is in each of our lives every day, in what we see, what we hear, what we read, what we do and who we are. Art is pervasive! What would it take for you to join us in our support of the arts in Monmouth County? ArtHelps all!

Come see our new space or make your donation online.   Thank you!


Kim Roberts Honecker, Chair                        Mary Eileen Fouratt, Executive Director


New Writing Workshop! The Power of Play with Colleen Lineberry

The Power of Play: Creative Ways with Words with Colleen Lineberry
February 10, 2015
7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Monmouth Arts – 105 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ

This experiential workshop offers ways to expand creative horizons using playful writing strategies that will inspire your imagination and allow you to tell the stories you have to tell. Explore and experiment with tips and techniques to develop and strengthen fiction, nonfiction, poetry or personal journal writing.

Work with description and imagery, dialogue, voice, and more. Free your inner muse in a comfortable workshop atmosphere and discover concrete ideas and develop works in progress as you continue to write on your own. Please bring a notebook and pen. All levels welcome.

$35 for members and $40 for non-members

Register  online

Thank You to Our 2014 Gala Sponsors

Jill Kerwick & Arthur Kontos Foundation
Count Basie Theatre

Monmouth University

The Curchin Group
Ansell, Grimm & Aaron

Saker Shop Rite

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Storytelling and the Collective Art Tank: A Social Media Case Study


When: TBA

Where: The Collective Art Tank, Asbury Park

Cost: $35 for Monmouth Arts members, $45 for nonmembers

Workshop is limited to 20 participants. Reserve your spot now! (If you have any questions, please email Tammy at newmedia@monmoutharts.org)

We live in a world full of information, and sometimes that makes it hard to make your voice heard. Stories have the power to unlock the data and not only tell us what it means, but how we should feel about it. As a brand, it’s important to actively curate the stories you are putting out there, using sight, touch, sound, smell and emotion to connect with your audiences. This case study workshop will use real-world marketing and branding examples from The Collective Art tank and Monmouth Arts to demonstrate how to use storytelling to amp up your promotions. Tammy’s workshops are lively and conversational, with something for all levels of expertise. Spots are limited to 20, so reserve yours today!

INSPIRE, CREATE, CELEBRATE: a Celebration of the Arts


What: Monmouth Arts Gala Event – Celebration of the Arts

Where: McLoone’s Pier House, Boardwalk, Long Branch

When: Friday // 10.17.14 // 7:00 PM

Purchase Tickets ($150)

Honoring: Becky Weinberg & Family and The Count Basie Theatre

At Monmouth Arts, 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 arts 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, educations, heals, motivates, and gives voice to communities. The importance of the arts throughout the course of our lives can never be underestimated.

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Magic in the Moonlight

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Magic in the Moonlight


No more tickets available.

NO WALK INS , only prepaid ticket holders.


July 17, 2014 7:30 PM

Written and Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Eileen Atkins, Colin Firth, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney, Emma Stone, Jacki Weaver, Erica Leerhsen, Catherine McCormack, Paul Ritter, Jeremy Shamos 

Plot Summary: Magic in the Moonlight is a romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue. The film is set in the south of France in the 1920s against a backdrop of wealthy mansions, the Côte d’Azur, jazz joints and fashionable spots for the wealthy of the Jazz Age. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014
Film  7:30
Bow Tie Cinema
36 White Street, Red Bank, NJ

Reception: 5:30-7:15 pm
OceanFirst Financial Solutions Center
73 Broad Street, Red Bank, NJ

 Reception & Film $35 members, $45 non-members
Film only $12 in advance  or $15 at the door.

Monmouth Arts Receives National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Fast-Track Grant to Support the MoCo Arts Corridor


DATE: December 16, 2013

CONTACT: Mary Eileen Fouratt 732-212-1890 ext. 2 mef@monmoutharts.org 

Red Bank, NJ]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that Monmouth Arts is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. Monmouth Arts is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support a marketing initiative for the MoCo Arts Corridor, a cultural tourism campaign to promote Coastal and Bayshore Monmouth as an arts destination. The project will focus on traditional and new media marketing efforts for arts organizations in the 39-town region that was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.


FilmOneFest, Atlantic Highlands Arts Council

The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers $10,000 matching grants to support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Challenge America Fast-Track grants support two major outcomes: public engagement with diverse and excellent art and livability, or the strengthening of communities through the arts. In this FY 2014 funding round, the NEA received 294 eligible Challenge America Fast-Track applications requesting $2.94 million in funding. The NEA will award 150 Challenge America Fast-Track grants totaling $1.5 million to organizations in 46 states, including 33 first-time NEA grantees, or 22 percent of all CAFT grantees in this round.


Two River Theater, Red Bank

Jim Hickey, Monmouth Arts Board Member and Chair of the MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership said: “We are very excited about receiving the NEA Challenge America Grant. The MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership was formed with the knowledge that Monmouth County is rich with artistic and cultural resources and that the Arts can be a powerful economic engine for the good of the entire region. Our goal is to share that knowledge throughout the state, the country, even globally to accomplish our mission of making ‘the Jersey Shore a cultural destination of choice.’ The NEA grant will go a long way toward helping MoCo reach that goal.”

Mary Eileen Fouratt, Monmouth Arts Executive Director noted: “The MoCo Arts Corridor Partnership is a coalition under Monmouth Arts of artists, arts groups, municipal art councils, creative businesses, local and regional tourism offices, County Economic Development, Tourism and Planning Departments and NJ Transit. The project will build on the vibrancy of the strongest art hubs in this region (Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Belmar, Manasquan and Red Bank) to develop the art assets of the other towns and market the region as an arts destination. The vision is to cultivate a place that provides a quality experience for artists, residents and visitors, reflects the diversity of the County, provides accessibility to the arts and fosters livable communities. We thrilled to have been awarded this grant to further this work.”


Axelrod Performing Arts Center

“The NEA was founded on the principle that the arts belong to all the people of the United States,” said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “We’re proud that Challenge America Fast-Track grants bring more opportunities for arts engagement to underserved communities.” See the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support at

Monmouth Arts supports artists and arts groups through networking, workshops and resources; the Monmouth Teen Arts Festival bringing 2,000 student artists together with professional artists; the Local Arts Grant Program providing $90,000 in grants for nonprofit arts groups; and by publicizing the incredible range of performances and exhibitions available to the public in Get Out Get Art eblast and on Monmoutharts.org. Monmouth Arts programs and the groups we support serve over 800,000 people each year and bring over 2,900 high quality, low cost arts events to Monmouth County.

Monmouth Arts enriches the community by inspiring and fostering the Arts. The vision of Monmouth Arts is a vibrant arts community that enhances the quality of life throughout the County.

This program is 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.

You can see additional MoCo arts partner photos on Flickr.

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