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.


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...

NJ @ World Creativity Conference

There are 14 arts reps at the World Creativity Conference being held in Oklahoma City right now through Wednesday. Creative Oklahoma is leading the way with big minds sharing thoughts (Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, Andrew Zolli, David Pogue and more! We'll be sharing the blogging goin on from our colleagues...Here's the first entry from Bob Morrison. Follow #wcf2010 on Twitter! Why Creativity...

Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?

I recently received an email about a blog post titled “Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?” through the Americans for the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Listserv (which is great, by the way. You should join.) The topic of under-35ers on nonprofit boards is one that has risen several times in my office and amongst our Emerging Arts Leaders group. Though I think a member of Generation X...

A Look at the National Arts Index

Americans for the Arts recently released their National Arts Index. Measuring data from 1998-2008, this report measures “the health and vitality of arts in the United States by using 76 equal weighted, national-level indicators of arts activity.” A report with an index score based on these factors will be released annually moving forward. I participated in an AFTA webinar led by Randy Cohen...

ArtPride NJ Response to Star Ledger Editorial

The Star Ledger's editorial of December 13, 2009 entitled, "Starving N.J. arts: A sad consequence of our budget crisis" is a callous and ill-considered opinion piece that shamelessly panders to an angry public faced with an economic debacle that was decades in the making. Most notably, The Ledger fails to recognize that state funding for the arts comes not from income, sales or property taxes, but...

Information on the State Funding Freeze

As most of you are aware the State funding freeze is a source of major concern for arts organizations (as well as many others.) For more information on the freeze and the effects it may have, please read Peggy McGlone’s article in the Star-Ledger, N.J. Arts Groups Fret as State Freezes $10M in Grants . We will follow up with further resources and information as we receive them. Your comments on...

"Arts allow Alzheimer's patients to live in the moment" --USA Today

By Joe Brier, for USA TODAY Early Alzheimer's patient Bob Blackwell photographs the flowers and wildlife at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Va., Aug. 12. A smile crosses Bob Blackwell's face as he gently lifts his camera to his eye and zooms in on a black-and-yellow swallowtail butterfly hovering near the same flower as a yellow finch. A little while later, Blackwell, 66, rests in the...

Arts Get Whacked by Rich as Companies Face Losses in Endowments

March 4 (Bloomberg) -- Corporations and wealthy individuals are donating less to nonprofits, with arts groups taking the biggest hit, according to two new studies. Of 158 companies polled by the economic-research group the Conference Board in February, 45 percent said they have reduced their 2009 philanthropy budget and 16 percent are considering it. The survey said 35 percent of the companies...

NEW Economic Activity Study

We learned in 2000 that New Jersey's non profit arts community generates over $1.5 billion each year. That comes from direct spending by arts institutions on salary, products and services AND the indirect spending of patrons who attend arts events throughout the State. The average spending of patrons outside of the price of admission to an event is $25.94 per person. And we learned that the arts...