Voices from the Field

ArtPride regularly invites guest writers to share new perspectives on issues related to the arts community and the many ways the creative industries impact New Jersey.


ArtPride's 30th Anniversary

Walk this way… if you will. The year is 1986. The Bears win the Super Bowl. Whitney Houston asks, “How Will I Know” and Bon Jovi accuses, “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Ferris Bueller skips school, Lt. Ripley takes on Aliens, Maverick loses Goose. Amongst Molly Ringwald getting pretty in pink and golden gal Betty White winning an Emmy, something's stirring in New Jersey’s arts scene. In his fiscal...

Lessons Learned #AFTACon 2016

For nearly 60 years, Americans for the Arts has convened an annual convention for arts and community leaders to network and discuss strategies for building stronger towns, counties, and cities through the arts. As our professional field has grown, so has this gathering. This year's Annual Convention explored the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, equitable communities,...

Opportunities at the Intersection of Arts & Health

What is behind the arts and health movement? What do you need to do to institute an arts and health program? What is the difference between healing arts and art therapy? How can we ensure that private insurance companies begin to see the value of the arts in health and wellness? These are just a few of the questions that were broached at Opportunities at the Intersection of Arts & Health ,...

NJ Conference on Tourism 2016

As arts organizations, it's important to stay connected to our New Jersey tourism partners. After all, we share the same dedicated revenue source (NJ Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee) and we know that cultural tourism is critical to our state’s tourism industry. The NJ Travel Industry Association's Conference on Tourism is a great opportunity to network with colleagues in the tourism industry and...

Arts & Health Celebrations

QUESTION: You and your friends are in search of a beautiful new spot to see some inspirational local art so you decide to visit: A. A museum B. A gallery C. A coffee shop D. A hospital Now I'm sure many of you would overlook D. at first glance, but if the AAHNJ Arts & Health Tours taught me anything, it was that perhaps you should take a second look. It is obvious that our hospitals, healthcare...

And the NJ Arts Advocate Award Goes To ...

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation will honor Pleasantville, N.J. educator Tamar LaSure-Owens for her outstanding arts advocacy at the 35 th annual Governor’s Awards in Arts Education . This year’s Awards, which promote awareness and appreciation for the arts, will take place on Wednesday, May 27 at the Patriots Theatre of The War Memorial in Trenton. Each year, ArtPride New Jersey recognizes an...

Ann Marie Miller Honored with National Award

Earlier today, Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, announced the recipients of the 2015 Americans for the Arts Annual Leadership Awards. Among the honorees is Ann Marie Miller, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation’s Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, who will receive the Alene Valkanas State Arts Advocacy Award....

7 Ways a Performing Arts Center Can Help Build Community

In today's American culturescape, the performing arts center (PAC) is often the anchor arts institution and a key contributor to local economic rejuvenation. The PAC delivers short-term fiscal impact with its ongoing schedule of events drawing visitors whose spending in the surrounding commercial milieu creates a “ripple effect” that circulates revenue throughout a network of restaurants, retail...

McCarter Goes to Washington

Arts Advocacy Day 2015 was this past week and two of McCarter's Marketing team members—Kathryn Rickman (Marketing Assistant) and Lauren Genta (Marketing and Special Events Intern)—traveled down to Washington, D.C. with other arts leaders and supporters from across the country to join in this annual event. They came back buzzing with excitement about everything they learned and couldn’t wait to...

AAHNJ Arts for Life Re-Cap

Arts for Life: Boosting the Health of Older Adults was held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at the Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood. Over 20 artists, arts administrators, aging services providers were hosted by the Alliance for Arts and Health New Jersey and Arts for Life of New Jersey in partnership with the Bergen County Division of Cultural Affairs to experience and discuss the benefits of...