The Basie’s #OptimismProject: Messages of hope from our historic marquee


“Now Showing: A dose of optimism.”

So rang a recent headline on, describing the intent of the Count Basie Center for the Arts of using its marquee – a shining beacon on an otherwise empty, socially distanced Monmouth Street in Red Bank – to spread words of hope and expressions of thanks during an otherwise lowly moment.

Here’s a gallery of the song lyrics, positive quotes and personal messages of thanks to those who are putting it all on the line to help the world survive this unprecedented moment.

Have an idea for a quote? Feel free to email us at marketing@thebasieorg.