Mission, Values and Vision

Count Basie Center for the Arts Mission Statement

The Count Basie Center for the Arts is New Jersey’s premier center for the cultural arts, dedicated to fostering powerful, inclusive artistic experiences and creative exchange of ideas.

The Basie mission is to inspire, educate and entertain through its distinct and engaging cultural and artistic offerings that reflect the diversity of the region.  As a nonprofit organization, the Basie is committed to enriching the community’s quality of life by generating opportunities for participation in the arts, partnering with schools, collaborating with other mission-based organizations and driving regional economic prosperity.

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The Count Basie Center for the Arts’ Core Values

RESPECT: We foster and cherish an environment that respects diversity.

WELCOME:  We place the community we serve at the forefront.

EXCELLENCE:  We strive for exemplary quality in everything we do and endeavor to create a positive, joyful, seamless experience for artists, patrons and students.

VALUE THE ARTS:  We affirm the importance and impact of the arts and the courage of artists, through presentation, education, outreach and partnership.

BALANCE PASSION AND CARE:   We value our employees, strive to promote their professional growth, and cherish the place we all hold within the history of this treasured organization.


The Basie Vision

The Basie’s vision for the future is to evolve as a world-class center for arts education, culture, and the performing arts. This evolution includes an industrious expansion, potentially doubling the number of its performance, educational and cultural offerings, while reaching a wider sector of the community through new partnerships and programs. The Count Basie Center for the Arts board, leadership, management and staff are enthusiastic to realize this vision, which will solidify Monmouth County as a destination for the arts and education, and act as a model for communities across the country.