$150,000 in Arts & Cultural Grants Awarded by Oceanfirst Foundation

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OceanFirst Foundation of Toms River has awarded $150,000 in grants to nonprofits throughout central and southern New Jersey through its Arts and Cultural Grant Program.

Grants will support a wide range of activities including live theater and music, museums, galleries, festivals and other special events happening throughout the year.

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“We have so many amazing places to visit and things to see. Among them are the many vibrant and creative museums, galleries, theaters and community spaces where local artists, performers and historians gather to share their individual and collective work for all to experience. We’re proud of our history of giving to the arts and cultural community with more than $2.4 million in contributions since 1996 and we’re delighted to continue our tradition of giving this year.” said Katherine Durante, executive director of OceanFirst Foundation.

Grants were awarded to the following:

African American Heritage Museum of Southern New Jersey (Atlantic City); Allaire Village Inc. (Farmingdale); Appel Farm Arts & Music Center (Elmer);  Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan); Asbury Park Music Foundation (Asbury Park); Atlantic City Arts Foundation (Atlantic City); Atlantic City Ballet (Atlantic City); Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal Park); Bay Atlantic Symphony (Atlantic City); Belmar Arts (Belmar); Brick Children’s Community Theatre (Brick); Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation (Rio Grande); Cape May Stage (Cape May); Cape Shore Chorale (Ocean City); Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Lincroft); Count Basie Theatre Foundation (Red Bank); Eagle Theatre (Hammonton); East Lynne Theater Company (West Cape); Exit 82: A Toms River Theatre Company (Toms River); Friends of Ocean City Pops (Cape May); Garden State Film Festival (Atlantic City); Garden State Philharmonic (Toms River); Guild of Creative Arts (Shrewsbury); Greater Ocean City Theatre Company (Ocean City); Hammonton Arts Center (Hammonton); Holiday Express (Tinton Falls); Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation (Red Bank); Levoy Theatre (Millville); Lighthouse International Film Festival (Long Beach Island); Mainstage Center for the Arts (Blackwood); Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (Cape May); Monmouth County Arts Council (Red Bank); Monmouth County Historical Association (Freehold); Monmouth Museum (Lincroft); New Jersey Museum of Boating (Brick); New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch); New Jersey Theatre Alliance (Morristown); Oceanaires Barbershop Chorus (Toms River); Ocean City Arts Center (Ocean City); Ocean County Historical Society (Toms River); Ocean County Library Foundation (Toms River); Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy (Toms River); Our Gang Players (Manahawkin); Phoenix Productions Inc. (Red Bank); Pine Shores Art Association (Manahawkin); Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts (Millville); Schultz Hill Foundation (Atlantic City); South Jersey Jazz  Society (Somers Point); South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble (Linwood); South Jersey Cultural Alliance (Hammonton); Strand Center for the Arts (Lakewood); Surflight Theatre (Beach Haven); T. Thomas Fortune Foundation & Cultural Center (Red Bank); Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum (Tuckerton); Two River Theater Company (Red Bank); and Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (Millville).

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