There are actions arts advocates can take throughout the year to support local, state, and federal funding for arts and culture.


Familiarize yourself with new lawmakers


Ask your Representatives to join the Congressional Arts Caucus

These NJ Representatives are members of the Congressional Arts Caucus. If your representative is not listed, please invite them to join.

  • Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Dist. 12)
  • Josh Gottheimer (D-Dist. 5)
  • Donald Norcross (D-Dist. 10)
  • Frank Pallone (D-Dist. 6)
  • Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Dist. 9)
  • Donald Payne, Jr. (D-Dist. 10)
  • Albio Sires (D-Dist. 8)



Attend the Arts Action Summit in Washington, DC


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Help Save the National Endowment for the Arts

  • Visit the Arts Action Fund to stay updated on ways you can support of the arts around the country.
  • Use #SavetheNEA when posting on social media.


Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper supporting the arts


Urge Congress to cosponsor the CREATE Act

  • The Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy (CREATE) Act, aims to better support our nation's creative economy.
  • Write a letter to your Representatives and Senators asking them to co-sponsor the CREATE Act.
  • Find customizable messages for your Representatives and Senators.


Request in-district meetings with federal lawmakers

  • US Congress is often on recess around the 4th of July. This is a good time to revisit your legislators (see January).
  • Request a meeting to discuss federal funding for the arts and other cultural policy issues. Check in with ArtPride staff to learn where arts funding stands in the budget process.


Attend town halls with Representatives and Senators


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Celebrate National Arts in Education Week


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Celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month


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Get out and Vote!


Get Involved

Action Alerts

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

S2800/A4233 was recently introduced to support New Jersey’s creative industries with $70 million of federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds still available to the State of New Jersey.

Cultural organizations were among the very first to close and the last to reopen when pandemic restrictions eased. Most continue to struggle financially with decreased revenue as audiences have not yet returned to pre-pandemic capacity levels. Earlier federal funding has long since expired.

Funds will provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to recoup lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and help...
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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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