The Ocean County Artists Guild received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State. The New Jersey Historical Commission makes funding available directly as general operating support or special project support to local historical groups and to the Cultural & Heritage Commission. The Commission staff assists in distributing grant guidelines and facilitates the application process. The Commission also re-grants funds locally through direct support it has been awarded under its own general operating support application. This grant is redistributed to local nonprofit organizations based in Ocean County to facilitate excellence in local history though a competitive, peer review process. With these funds, the Ocean County Artists Guild researched and developed an educational booklet and video component detailing the rich past of OCAG’s inception and its founding members. Take in the history of the arts at OCAG as well as the story of those who created a cultural arts establishment which continues to grow throughout Ocean County to this day.