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 embrace and amplify 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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Count Basie Center for the Arts Values Statement

A LOVE OF THE ARTS: We affirm the importance and impact of the arts and the courage of artists, through performance, education, outreach, and partnership.

EQUITY: We are committed to advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility for all.

THE VALUE OF ARTS EDUCATION: Arts education is critical to academic success, helps build confidence, empathy, and social connectivity, and should be available to all children and youth regardless of income or background.

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

ADAPTIVITY: We will be nimble and responsive to new challenges and opportunities.

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

APPRECIATION OF OUR STAFF: We value our employees, strive to promote their professional growth, and cherish the place we all hold within the history of this treasured organization.

PHILANTHROPY: Our love of the Basie Center and everything it represents requires our donors, patrons, and Board members to make increased financial contributions of personal significance now more than ever.


The Count Basie Center Vision

The Basie’s vision for the future is to continue its evolution as a world-class center for arts education, culture, and the performing arts. This progress began with our industrious expansion, which doubled our amount of  performance space, allowed us to increase our educational and cultural offerings. and strengthened our community outreach via new partnerships and programs. The Count Basie Center for the Arts board, leadership, management and staff are enthusiastic to be a leading voice, advocate, and destination for arts education and the performing arts in Monmouth County, New Jersey while making a positive impact on the arts regionally, nationally, and globally.