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

High School Thespian Dani Biondi Wins DemocracyWorks Competition
NJ Thespians annually holds an essay competition, DemocracyWorks, in partnership with ArtPride New Jersey, in which high school students who are members of the International Thespian Society...
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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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Action Alerts

Contact US Congress to Support NEA and NEH
Now is the time to contact your Members of Congress to at least match the President’s request by appropriating this increased funding for the NEA and NEH. Please urge your Members of Congress to support a budget of at least $211 million each for the NEA and NEH. Contact your Member of Congress today. 

New Jersey receives over $1.5 million each year in NEA grants including over $1 million to the NJ State Council on the Arts through the State Partnership Program. It is important to preserve this federal support that is matched by the state and by private donations to grant recipients.
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Support Arts & Culture Recovery in NJ FY24 State Budget
Please take a moment to thank Governor Murphy for appropriating $31.9 million in the New Jersey State Budget for FY24, and ask your state legislators to support this level of annual state funding. The budget also contains a modest $2.2 million increase for the NJ Cultural Trust.

ArtPride NJ continues to advocate for recovery funds through the American Rescue Plan. S2800/A4233 will provide the support needed to sustain post pandemic recovery. Your communication now will remind our elected officials how important state funds are for arts and culture are to communities throughout New Jersey.
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