The Montclair History Center is the recipient of a grant from the New Jersey Arts and Cultural Renewal Fund at the Princeton Area Community Foundation to aid with in person programs and maintaining virtual initiatives created during the pandemic.

The $30,000 grant will go towards programs including the Montclair History Center’s Youtube channel. During the pandemic, the Center focused on creative programming to replace in-person events and launched their History at Home series, which has more than 60 videos and garnered more than 17,500 views.

Since reopening, Montclair History Center has seen a substantial return to in-person programming initiatives this past year, even greater than pre-pandemic levels, while maintaining the virtual initiatives developed out of the 2020 shutdown.

“The Montclair History Center staff and Board of Trustees are dedicated to providing innovative and exceptional educational, public programming, and research services to the public, meeting the community where and how they need it as we navigate this ‘new normal,’”the Center stated in a press release.

The Arts and Culture Renewal Fund was created by a coalition of funders to raise and direct much needed support to the nonprofit arts and cultural sector statewide. The fund was established with a lead gift from the Grunin Foundation and is hosted by the Princeton Area Community Foundation. Coalition leadership also includes the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Prudential Financial Foundation, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, New Jersey Historical Commission, and Stone Foundation of NJ.