Advancing a State of Creativity

ArtPride is the voice of New Jersey’s arts community. As the state’s largest arts service and advocacy organization, we work to preserve funding and advance policies that invest in the arts across all sectors. The vital research we furnish promotes the public value of the arts as fundamental to creating neighborhoods where people want to live, work, visit, and raise a family. Our award-winning audience development programs connect the public to what’s going on in our state’s arts scene and help increase attendance. The services we provide keep the field up-to-date on industry trends and foster collaboration among our hundreds of member organizations. 

Widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and high-impact advocacy, we are proud to support the work of our vibrant creative community. 

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on our arts community. Read more about recommendations and resources for the field, including details on how to join our next webinar. 


Voices from the Field

The Camden Arts Scene is Growing
Visual ethnographer Michael P. Smith often described New Orleans as a “cultural wetland."1 It is from this framework that I similarly consider Waterfront South, the Camden neighborhood where my...
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Get Involved in the Word, Plant a Seed, and Watch It Grow
Words are important. Words are all around us and with you right now as you read this. Words, to me, are among the most beautiful gifts that I have ever gotten from or given to anyone. I believe...
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In Honor of Women's History Month
Mid-October 2020, during the last phase of a difficult political time in general, Susanna Baker, Executive Director of Studio Montclair, reached out and asked me if I would be interested in...
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Windows of Understanding Brings Public Art & Healing to Central Jersey, Expanding Scope in Quarantine
The Windows of Understanding (WOU) public art project, which launched on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is now underway in New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Metuchen. Celebrating its fourth year, the...
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Passing the Jersey City Arts and Culture Trust Fund
This past November 3, Jersey City voted to create an Arts and Culture Trust Fund, becoming the first municipality in New Jersey to create a dedicated tax to support the arts. The trust will create...
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Action Alerts

Ask State Legislators to Support Arts, History, and Tourism in FY22 NJ State Budget
In February, Governor Murphy proposed FY22 state appropriations for arts, history, and tourism programs that honor A3101, passed in 2020, now Public Law 2019, c.333.

These appropriations represent a 60% increase in state funds over FY21 ($31.9m for NJ State Council on the Arts, $5.5m for NJ Historical Commission, $17.6m for NJ Division of Travel & Tourism, and $720k for NJ Cultural Trust).

It is now up to the NJ State Legislature to consider the Governor’s budget proposal and present their version to the administration with the goal of passage by June 30.

NOW is the time to ask your state legislators to support these appropriations in the FY22 NJ State Budget, and...
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