Monmouth Museum and Cultural Center

Address

765 Newman Springs Road
PO Box 359
Lincroft, NJ 07738
County: Monmouth
http://www.monmouthmuseum.org

Contact

Ms. Catherine A. Clark

Grant Amount

$15,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support of the Monmouth Museum's arts, cultural and educational programming.

Organization Background

The Monmouth Museum was founded as a 'Museum of Ideas' in 1963. Today, the Museum continues to fulfill its mission by presenting changing art, history and science exhibitions to educate and entertain while providing a destination for creative expression and life-long learning to the diverse community it serves. Now in its 51st year, the Museum offers quality programming that is normally only available in large cities and has become recognized as an important part of the New Jersey Arts community.The Museum does not house a permanent collection but presents changing exhibitions that range from works of national significance to NJ artists.

The facility has four galleries: The 2,300 square foot Main Gallery, presents changing art, science and history exhibitions. Exhibitions selected by professional jurors, themed exhibitions in specific mediums, national traveling exhibitions and shows of cultural and historically significant subjects are presented annually. In planning the ongoing schedule of exhibitions in the 950 square foot Nilson Gallery, the Museum is committed to providing opportunities for New Jersey artists. Six of the Gallery's annual exhibitions feature the work of emerging New Jersey artists. Also presented are art exhibitions related to culture and the history of our community. The Becker Children's Wing, offers exhibitions and programs designed for elementary school age children and their families. The current exhibition, Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate presents the subject of communication within the subjects of Outer Space, Weather and Ancient Egypt. The WonderWing, a large permanent installation, is an educational space offering an exhibition on the sea and the creatures that make it their home for children up to age seven.

The Museum offers an array of educational programs in the areas of art, culture, science and history. The Green Arts Studio is a special area where visitors have an opportunity to make art out of recycled materials. The 'Travel Trunk' outreach program delivers mini-exhibitions to the community, including schools, senior centers and nursing homes.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually and has 900 members. The full-time staff includes the: Executive Director; Arts and Education Coordinator; Education Administrator and Office and Membership Administrator. Part-time staff includes a Special Event Coordinator, a Marketing Coordinator, a Public Relations Coordinator, a weekend receptionist, and a team of 15 paid Docents. The services of professional contractors in the areas of marketing, fund development, grants writing, graphic design and website development are retained on an as needed basis.

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