Voices from the Field Blog

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 artist for Musical Theatre and Dance and to perform for their student body. “How did that happen?” you might ask. Unexpected and welcome connections! In March 2017, I headed down to Washington, D.C. as a N.J....

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 getting on a train to D.C. 1-2 times a year and talk to members of U.S. Congress about the importance of the arts. Hello! My name is Zach Bates. I am an alumnus of the Gloucester County Institute of...

Climbing Capitol Hill - The 2019 National Arts Action Summit

New Jersey’s group of 28 delegates joined hundreds of art advocates to visit members of U.S. Congress on March 4 and 5 for the National Arts Action Summit hosted by Americans for the Arts . A full day of training was capped off by the inspiring remarks of Rita Moreno, who delivered the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Early on March 5, the...

What is the Future of the Arts?

Nearly 300 arts professionals from across New Jersey gathered at Princeton University’s Lewis Arts complex and McCarter Theatre Center on June 7 for the Thrive Arts Conference to explore that very question. Thrive is presented every other year through a partnership among ArtPride New Jersey, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts , and the Lewis Center or the Arts at Princeton . The fourth...

2018 Arts Advocacy Day Recap

ArtPride New Jersey Filled with new facts and figures about how the arts boost the economy , and a burning desire to share stories of how art makes a difference in our lives, 37 New Jersey arts advocates made the trip to the nation’s capital to remind members of the U.S. Congress that eliminating our cultural agencies is unacceptable. Four members of the Educational Theatre Association ’s N.J....

Top 15 Tweets from the Thrive! Arts Conference

The first ever state-wide Discover Jersey Arts conference was a sold out success! Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff who made this event happen. For the third time, we asked people attending an event to bring the conversation from in-person to online, and boy, did they ever! Our multi-tasking tweeple (Twitter people) took to their smartphones, laptops, and tablets to...

Get Scanned!! Nationwide Arts Scan!

Americans for the Arts is conducting a nationwide scan of the arts environment to help determine the best ways to advance the arts in America. Your voice and input are vital. Please take some time to complete the online survey no later than Friday, May 11 at http://www.AmericansForTheArts.org/go/artsurvey . Just as important, if possible, please send this email to your mailing lists. The more...