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.


Creative Conversations 2011

Tomorrow’s the big day! New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders (NJEAL) will host their third annual Creative Conversation on Thursday, October 20 at Arts Council of Princeton —“Upwardly Mobile: Successful Relationships with Mentors and Supervisors in the Arts.” The event will begin at 7:00PM and include a panel discussion and networking after-party. To learn more about Creative Conversations or the New...

Meet the Artists!

Meet the artists behind the upcoming ArtPride Facebook Friends Gallery exhibit at the Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts : Aylin Green Raised in the suburbs of Boston as the first daughter of a Turkish mother and a Jewish father, Aylin has often found herself on the outside, looking in. Her mixed media paintings take an approach toward her subjects like that of a cultural observer or artistic...

An Inspiring Call to Action from One of NJ's Own

Debate was completed yesterday on Representative Tim Walberg's (MI) amendment to cut an additional $10.6 million from the National Endowment for the Arts in the House Interior Appropriations bill. Several Members of Congress, coordinated by the Congressional Arts Caucus, spoke in support of opposing of this amendment and among them was Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey's 12th Congressional...

Contact your Legislators TODAY -- State Arts Funding Slated for Reduction

State arts dollars are slated for reduction in a new budget bill. Time is of the essence, so use the talking points below to tell your legislators ART MATTERS: 1. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts is proposed to receive $16 million for Cultural Projects in FY12. The NJ Cultural Trust is proposed to receive $500,000. These are the minimums allowed by law and are derived entirely from a...

Stephen Colbert Discusses Artist Activist

We caught this on The Colbert Report and had to share. We frequently discuss the key roles the arts play in our economy, schools and quality of life, but it is also important to remember that artists are some of our greatest activists. As artist Theresa Bayer wrote: "Artists are the proverbial canaries in the coalmine. When we stop singing, it's a sure sign of repressive times ahead." Click HERE...

Public Service IS an Art Form

If you haven't read this, you MUST! Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation President Chris Daggett delivered the commencement speech last week to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Considering the toxic tone of political discourse that is evident most everywhere lately, Chris talks about how the call to public service is a high calling, worthy of the best...

Thank You to our NJ Arts Advocates!

Thank you to all the arts advocates who contacted their legislators, and a special thanks to those who made the trip to Washington, D.C. with us last week. Your efforts made an impact on the continuing resolution for FY2011 funding. Though the final 2011 Budget Bill does not include the $167.5 million we requested for the National Endowment for the Arts, it is set at $155 million, which is well...

Ask your Senator to Vote Against Cuts to the NEA

Last Thursday by 8 votes the House approved a $43 million cut to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) FY2011 budget. This decrease will mean a decrease in NEA grants to New Jersey of $440,340 . This FY 2011 appropriations package will be presented to the Senate shortly, so please take two minutes to ask your Senator to vote against cuts to the NEA budget. Send a message directly to both your...

NEA Budget Cuts Will Affect You--Act Now

GOP conservative freshmen spurred a revolt on Feb. 10 against House appropriators. Insisting on slashing the current 2011 budget even deeper, they forced the bill to be re-written before it goes to the floor this week. The bill now proposes to reduce funding for arts programs across the country from $167.5 million to $145 million. This would be the biggest cut in 16 years. The floor amendments to...

Legacies

Yes, it's a new year. There are bills to be paid, contracts to complete, but first the brain needs to be cleared out. A new year's resolution? Perhaps! On Sunday I attended a memorial service for a colleague whom I have know for nearly 30 years--hard to believe all by itself! Berda Rittenhouse was my "roomie," which is the way I've lately described her. First at 109 West State Street when the NJ...