Roxey Ballet Receives Critical Covid-19 Arts Funding
Roxey Ballet is honored to be rewarded necessary Covid-19 funding to maintain operations from the New Jersey State Council for the Arts and the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The NJ CARES Act, approved by Governor Murphy’s dedication of $5 million dollars to Keep The Arts Alive, were distributed through the State Arts Council for the Arts. The Princeton Area Community Foundation's New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund was established to ensure the survival and strength of the state’s arts, cultural and historical sector during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Support from the following partners raised additional funds to Keep the Arts Alive: Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Prudential Foundation, Stone Foundation of NJ, and E. J. Grassmann Trust, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Historical Commission, NJ Pandemic Relief Fund, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,
Roxey Ballet is grateful to these essential leaders for addressing the seriousness of the pandemic and providing some financial relief to offset expenses incurred due to pandemic cancelations, reopening adaptations, and support for artists and sector professionals.
Arts and culture are an essential component of the state and local economies and contribute to emotional and social wellbeing. Nonprofit arts organizations generate more than $660 million in economic activity in New Jersey, employ nearly 22,000 workers, and engage more than 8.3 million people who stay in hotels, and eat and shop locally.
Roxey Ballet, like many cultural groups and artists, did not stop working, despite the loss of income, to offer relief and hope for residents of all ages, including many of our most vulnerable populations. We continued to serve our communities and provide outlets for learning and entertainment.
“Investing in arts and culture today will increase the chances of long-term, sustainable success, with broad-reaching results that impact employment, real estate values, crime and safety, tourism, health and wellness, education, and overall quality of life in New Jersey,” said First Lady Tammy Murphy, the founding chair of the NJPRF. Roxey Ballet is thankful for our state leadership during this time of crisis.