Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts Receives $35,000 Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant


By Tom McLaughlin

Thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts (RCCA) will further its mission of providing programs and events that inspire a full appreciation and enjoyment of the arts in the city of Camden and the South Jersey region.

The prestigious grant, awarded for arts-in-education and community-arts programs in Camden, will support an array of such programs for pre-K to 12 students and teachers, including the new “On Tour” programs, which bring studio-art workshops and performances directly to the classroom or community site. The grant will also benefit an arts and literacy partnership with Camden City schools, which includes artist-residency programs and teacher professional-development workshops.

“We continue to be impressed with your small but effective staff and all that you are able to accomplish for the children and families of Camden,” wrote Christopher J. Daggett, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, in awarding the grant.

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation has funded RCCA arts-education and community-arts programs since the 1990s, notes Noreen Scott Garrity, associate director of education for the RCCA.

“The impact of these programs is significant, with deeper relationships being forged through sequential, high-quality arts experiences for schools – including students, teachers, and parents,” says Scott-Garrity. “The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts recently developed the ‘On Tour’ programs in direct response to community need, with ‘Studio on Tour’ and ‘Stages on Tour’ going directly out to the school or community site.”

The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts received one of 95 grants – totaling $4.5 million – awarded to nonprofit organizations in New Jersey dedicated to building sustainable, engaged, and creative communities.

For more information about Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts programs and events, visit or contact Noreen Scott Garrity at (856) 225-6306.

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