Advancing a State of Creativity

ArtPride is the voice of New Jersey’s arts community. As the state’s largest arts service and advocacy organization, we work to preserve funding and advance policies that invest in the arts across all sectors. The vital research we furnish promotes the public value of the arts as fundamental to creating neighborhoods where people want to live, work, visit, and raise a family. Our award-winning audience development programs connect the public to what’s going on in our state’s arts scene and help increase attendance. The services we provide keep the field up-to-date on industry trends and foster collaboration among our hundreds of member organizations. 

Widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and high-impact advocacy, we are proud to support the work of our vibrant creative community. 


Voices from the Field

How a New Trend in Public Art is Creating More Opportunities for Artists
When you think about public art, what comes to mind? A statue of Lady Justice balancing her scales in front of a courthouse? A three-story, abstract sculpture by a famous 20th century artist?...
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Newark’s New Harriet Tubman Monument a Model for Community Engagement in Public Art
Photo above: Designer Nina Cooke John and assistant Adebunmi Gbadebo stand with the Harriet Tubman Monument (Photo by Rachel Fawn Alban) The city of Newark, New Jersey unveiled its long-awaited...
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Healing Through Grief Love
It was Wednesday, November 23, 2016, a windy and sunny day before Thanksgiving. As my father’s oldest daughter of three, I thought it was my responsibility to be the strong one as he passed away...
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Celebrate Discovery Jersey Arts, National Arts and Humanities Months This October and Prepare to Vote in November
This month is jam packed with cultural events for all to enjoy during Discover Jersey Arts Month. Be sure to check the Fall Guide to help you select the performances and exhibits that will help you...
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Celebrating National Arts & Humanities Month: NJ Finalist in National Poster Competition
Photo Description: Colored pencil drawing of an artist's table filled with paint, brushes and paper. In the center are two illustrated cards. One reads, "Fall seven times, stand up eight" — a...
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Action Alerts

ACT NOW for Arts Relief Funds (S2800 in Committee 2/16/23)
Are the arts in New Jersey fully recovered from the pandemic? Arts organizations keep on keepin' on as best as they can, but ArtPride hears (based on late 2022 polling) that 50% of groups face budgetary deficits for FY24. Earned income is slowly rebuilding, but so are operational expenses due to inflation.

COVID related federal relief fund programs ended except for American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds still available to the State of New Jersey. S2800/A2433 proposes $70 million for arts and cultural organizations to more completely recover from earned income and programmatic losses due to the pandemic. This bill is being heard by the Senate Economic Growth Committee Feb....
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Support the Creative Economy Bills
The U.S. Congress is currently considering seven bills that will support the creative industries in recovery. Many offer ways for federal agencies to expand services and opportunities to benefit individual artists and cultural organizations.

Together, these bills map a new, more equitable and impactful policy landscape for creative businesses and workers and, if passed, would improve the lives of all Americans by expanding opportunity for creative workers and boosting the U.S. economy.

Please ask your member of Congress to cosponsor any or all of these bills.
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