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

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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Butterflies Are Fluttering at Arts Ed NJ
No matter how old I get, September always triggers a knot in my stomach. Actually, it’s more like wildly fluttering butterflies. I’ve come to embrace “the feeling” over the years because of...
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Interview with Maysoon Zayid, Comedian, Actress and Disability Advocate
The Thrive Arts Conference, presented by ArtPride New Jersey and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, is a biennial professional development convening for arts administrators throughout New...
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Catch Basin Murals a Hit for Earth Day in Perth Amboy
Perth Amboy Artworks recently produced five Catch Basin Murals for Earth Day. I sent out an email promoting our project and got a response from Sen. James Kennedy saying “very cool.” That is a...
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Volunteer Shortage Stretches Arts Organizations
If you have enjoyed a cultural experience in New Jersey, chances are volunteers helped to make it happen. Across the country, however, volunteerism is down. According to a December 2021 Gallup Poll...
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Action Alerts

ACT NOW – Contact NJ legislators re continued pandemic relief for arts & culture

NOW is the Time!

Increase Outreach to State Legislature re S2800/A4233 in Support of Arts and Culture

New Jersey’s legislative body has returned from its summer break, and NOW is the time to reach out to ask them to support S2800/A2433 that will provide $70 million of American Rescue Plan funds to aid recovery of the state’s creative industries.

If you’ve already emailed your legislators, and either a) you did not receive a response, or b) they promised support of these bills, NOW is the time to follow up with a phone call to their district office. Find district phone numbers here. Here are the current bicameral and bipartisan sponsors as of 9/26/22. They do not need to...
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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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