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December 7, 2022

To honor and preserve our State’s highly diverse cultural heritage, the New Jersey State Council On The Arts will award New Jersey Heritage Fellowships to master folk and traditional artists. These fellowships recognize artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our state’s traditional arts heritage. Heritage Fellowship Awards are one-time, $20,000 awards to individual practicing New Jersey folk and traditional artists to help them pursue their artistic goals.



December 2022 – February 2023: Technical Assistance Available
January 5, 2023: Deadline for submission of Notice of Intent forms
February 23, 2023: Deadline to submit nominations


Artists may use Heritage Fellowship awards to pursue work in their artistic discipline, including purchasing supplies, renting studio space, otherwise freeing their time. Fellowship funds may not be used for travel outside of the country, study as a matriculated student in either a graduate or undergraduate program, or to purchase permanent equipment (equipment with a resale value exceeding $350 or having a life span over three years).



Not Applicable



Nominators should be prepared to submit the following application materials in the SAGE system, once the Notice of Intent to Nominate has been approved:

  • A nomination statement/letter
  • Letters of support. These letters must include at least one letter from each of the following supporters: community member(s), person(s) with expertise in the nominee’s genre, and the nominee’s artistic peer(s). (Minimum of 3 support letters, maximum of 5, plus the nominators’ letter, totaling 20 pages)
  • Artist’s bio/resume(s)

Please reach out to Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk & Traditional Arts ( | 609-292-4495), with questions about the Heritage Fellowship.

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