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

I Support the Arts, and I Vote!
When I enter the voting booth, my mind’s eye is flooded with images that feel like a movie trailer. Election lawn signs, TV commercials, and post cards from local candidates float by, along with...
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Paper Mill Playhouse Introduces Musical Theater Common Prescreen
Since 2015, there has been a 66% increase in total submissions to college-level musical theatre programs. For early vetting in these institutions, students must submit video auditions for...
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Five Years and Counting! OR The Struggle to Get a licensure Bill Signed Into Law
This journey began five years ago. I was President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Dance Therapy Association. I received a phone call from a New Jersey drama therapist, who asked me if I...
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Unexpected and Welcome Connections
10 Hairy Legs, the New Jersey-based dance company for whom I am the founding Executive Director, is headed to The Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts (KYGSA) in July 2019 as a guest...
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An Arts Advocacy Journey
Arts Advocate is never a title I thought I would hear when someone described me. Growing up, I always enjoyed being in plays and watching a few musicals, but never once did I think I would be...
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Action Alerts

Action Needed - Arts Funding Bill Vote on Thursday!
We just learned that A3101 (that changes minimum state funding for arts, history, and tourism to FY05 levels)  will be considered in Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday. These are the legislators on the committee. If your district representative is on the list, please email or call them before Thursday and ask for their support of A3101. (This is also a good time to congratulate them on their election).

A simple request is appropriate. “I am writing/calling to ask for your support of A3101 in the Assembly Appropriations Committee meeting on Thursday” (feel free to elaborate on how important this bill is to you and/or your organization).

The Committee meets at 1...
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Federal Legislative Priorities
Funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities are critical policies that ArtPride and arts supporters advocate for on an ongoing basis, but it’s important to be informed of other federal policy areas that affect arts and culture.

To describe these legislative priorities, Americans for the Arts has created an online tool for advocates of all levels. Use this tool to learn about the issues—from tax policy to transit and healthcare to education—and quickly take action on any of the pro-arts issues that matter to you and your community.
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Where Do Your Candidates Stand?
We are just about one month away from Election Day, when all of New Jersey's General Assembly members will be decided. Do you know who you're voting for?

Each year, ArtPride distributes surveys to all incumbent legislators and challenges in order to inform N.J. residents about candidates’ positions on the arts. If you'd like to learn more about where your candidates stand when it comes to arts policy and funding, please click here to check out the 2019 Candidate Responses to the survey we sent over the summer. If you don't see your candidates' response, please encourage them to complete this survey as soon as they can.

You can also review previous...
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