our founding in 1978 by Jean Townsend, the
Art Alliance of Monmouth County has evolved into a
diverse group of over 300 members representing a vast
array of artistic disciplines. The Art Alliance was
initially located at what is now known as the Count
Basie Theater in Red Bank. It was here where members
began holding classes, workshops, and mounting member
exhibitions. In 1992, the Art Alliance moved to its
present location at 33 Monmouth Street.
Today, we are the premier Central New
Jersey showcase organization for traditional and nontraditional
art, including sculpture, painting, drawing, fiber,
photography, collage, and digital art. Our mission
is to promote the advancement of the visual arts and
provide exhibition, studio, and classroom space to
local artists. New members are always welcome and
membership by art lovers is also encouraged.
To promote the advancement of the visual arts, and
provide exhibition, studio, and classroom space.
To offer stimulating, unique, thought-provoking exhibitions;
to provide a social setting for artists and their
friends to meet, discuss, and exchange ideas about
Our Artistic Philosophy
We believe that art is valuable and necessary to the
cultural life of any community; that people need a
place to gather and work together; that skillful artists
can learn from novices as well as the other way around;
that everyone has something valuable to offer; that
seeing one's work displayed for public consumption
is an empowering experience; that one's greatest capacity
is the ability to be creative; that making art is
a way of defining who you are.
The land upon which the Art Alliance of Monmouth County works to create and support a community of artists is part of the ancestral landwaters of the Lenni-Lenape, called “Lenapehoking.” In particular, our gallery and studio in Red Bank occupy a portion of the territory of a band of Lenape people called the Nave Sincks, who occupied the watershed of the Navesink River and the Raritan Bayshore. The Lenape People lived in harmony with one another upon this territory for thousands of years. During the colonial era and early federal period, many were removed west and north, but some also remain throughout this territory. We acknowledge the Lenni-Lenape as the original people of this land and their continuing relationship with their territory. In our acknowledgment of the continued presence of Lenape people in their homeland, we affirm the aspiration of the great Lenape Chief Tamanend, that there be harmony between the indigenous people of this land and the descendants of the immigrants to this land, “as long as the rivers and creeks flow, and the sun, moon, and stars shine.”
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