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

A New View—Camden
The City of Camden, New Jersey has received a $1 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to clean up blighted areas around its transit corridors and to turn those spaces into showcases for...
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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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Action Alerts

A3101 Passes NJ Assembly
On November 25, A3101, which would restore state funding for arts, history, and tourism to FY05 levels of support, passed unanimously in the New Jersey General Assembly. State appropriations for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism, and New Jersey Cultural Trust have been frozen at FY04 levels, the current minimum allowed by law, for the past 10 years. The bill, whose primary sponsors are Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Dist. 5), Assemblyman Daniel Benson (D-Dist. 14), and Assemblyman Bruce Land (D-Dist.1), must now move to the New Jersey Senate as S247 in its next voting session, which is on...
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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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