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January 7, 2011

Although arts funding in New Jersey has significantly decreased since 2008/2009, state legislative support remains comparatively strong, according to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. NASAA ranked New Jersey eighth in the nation in terms of per capita funding for fiscal year 2010, in which the legislature budgeted the New Jersey State Council on the Arts $17 million. Minnesota ranked first in the country in terms of per capita support that year, with $30.2 million in funding, followed by Hawaii ($6.1 million) and New York ($52 million.) Pennsylvania was ranked 21st, with about $12 million in funding while Delaware was ranked seventh, slightly higher in per capita funding than New Jersey at $1.7 million.

Despite New Jersey’s comparatively high ranking, state arts funding dropped by $22.1 million, or 23 percent, from fiscal year 2009.

Changes in budget lines make it difficult to compare 2010 funding to the current fiscal year. What is notable is that the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awarded $15,560,823 to about 800 organizations this year, as opposed to $14,477,765 in fiscal year 2010.

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