Arts Access to receive $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Peapack, NJ- National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to the Arts Access Program at Matheny for their Full Circle 2019 event. Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eileen Murray, Director of the Arts Access Program at Matheny, said “We are deeply appreciative to the National Endowment for the Arts for this generous award. This funding enables us to present Full Circle 2019, Arts Access’ signature arts event, showcasing and celebrating the remarkable visual, literary, and performing art created by our artists with disabilities. The artists take their rightful place in the spotlight, receiving recognition and applause for their tremendous accomplishments. We thank the NEA for supporting this unique event, Arts Access’ mission, and the limitless creativity that resides within our talented artists.”

Full Circle 2019, takes place on November 2nd, 2019 in the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center on the Matheny campus in Peapack. It consists of professional performers, designers, and curators who work alongside Arts Access artists to help bring their visions to life. The gallery show is accompanied by a culinary tasting provided by local gourmet restaurants. For additional event information including ticketing and sponsorship opportunities, go to: For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit

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