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Morris Arts offers relief grants to teaching artists in all disciplines

Deadline to Apply is March 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morris Arts is offering grants to New Jersey teaching artists who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Morris Arts Teaching Artist Relief Grant is made possible through the New Jersey Arts & Culture Recovery Fund of the Princeton Area Community Foundation helping to ensure the survival of New Jersey’s cultural sector during this period of economic devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility applies to practicing New Jersey Teaching Artists who are professional artists with dual careers as educators – in all artistic disciplines (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and writing) – who work in schools, museums, social service and community settings. Applicants must demonstrate strong financial need and a history of arts-based income. Full time K-12 or college faculty are not eligible. Applicants must live in New Jersey, be 18 years or older and able to receive taxable income in the United States.

March 15, 2021 is the grant application deadline and awardees will be notified by email of the decision no later than April 30, 2021. Morris Arts will mail payment to awardees shortly following notification email. Grant awards are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of emergency relief. Grant recipients will not be required to file a final report. The decisions of Morris Arts are final.

Morris Arts will administer the application, selection process, notification and disbursement of funds. All applications will be reviewed against the listed criteria for eligibility by Morris Arts staff. Once eligibility has been confirmed, an independent grant panel will review applications and make award recommendations. Recommendations will be approved by the Morris Arts Board of Trustees.

The grants will be awarded based upon demonstrated financial need, available funding, and an equitable distribution of funds relating to racial/ethnic diversity, geography (South, Central, North New Jersey) and arts disciplines. We expect the need in the field to be extremely high.

Application forms are available at and

Guidelines are also available in Spanish. Anyone with questions can email Barbara Reuther at

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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