ArtPride Annual Membership Meeting

Thanks to everyone who joined us to connect with arts professionals from across the state and explore the power of collaboration & creative placemaking!

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Avenel Performing Arts Center (Avenel, NJ)


ArtPride’s first membership meeting in several years came at a crucial time.
Public arts funding is at a critical crossroads. In times of uncertainty and division, it’s important to remember that the arts bring people together. This meeting gathered arts professionals, advocates, and leaders from our 200+ member organizations at the Avenel Performing Arts Center. A shining example of creative placemaking, APAC is the perfect location to highlight the connection between the arts and economic development.


Savion Glover, keynote speaker

Savion Glover, the virtuoso rhythm tap dancer, choreographer, director, and actor who revitalized and re-rhythmatized tap dancing for the millennium generation, was born in Newark, New Jersey!

As a former NEA grantee, Mr. Glover can speak to the importance of public funding and support of the arts. His roles as professional artist, teacher, and Newark legend offer a unique insight into the importance of arts advocacy, the value of arts education, and how the arts build creative, safe spaces for all of us to grow and thrive.


The event featured:

  • performances by ArtPride members
  • a look back at ArtPride’s Fiscal Year 2019 highlights and look ahead at what’s in store
  • panelists discussing models for creating artistic spaces and vibrant communities
  • tips, tricks, and skills to advocate for your organization
  • post-meeting happy hour

Thanks to event sponsor:

Middlesex County, NJ

Thanks to ArtPride’s supporters: