Heritage Fellowship Application Now Open!

New Jersey State council on the Arts, EST. 1966

Technical Assistance available through February 2023.

Notice of Intent to Nominate Deadline: January 5, 2023
Nomination Deadline: February 23, 2023

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. Guidelines available in English and Spanish.

Potential nominators should review Special Guidance to determine if an artist they are considering nominating is appropriate for the program. This document is also available in Spanish.

Stephen Nuttall using anvil with molten hot metal

Stephen Nuttall studied under blacksmith Toby Kroll with the support of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts apprenticeship grant. Watch the State of the Arts segment here.

Technical Assistance is offered via Teams for assistance about the process and the application.

Technical assistance is free to the public, but registration is required.

Nominators may ask questions and receive assistance by contacting Kim Nguyen, Program Officer for Folk & Traditional Arts at 609-292-4495 or by email to .

Please carefully review the Guidelines before seeking assistance!

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is committed to making all of its programs accessible to all people. For accessibility services related to filing this application, please contact Accessibility Coordinator, Mary Eileen Fouratt at 609-984-6815 (NJ Relay 711) or .

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State and a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council believes the arts are central to every element we value most in a modern society including: human understanding; cultural and civic pride; strong communities; excellent schools; lifelong learning; creative expression; and economic opportunity. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.