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.


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...

NJTIA Conference on Tourism 2015

You may ask, "Why should we, as an arts organization, attend the NJ Travel Industry Association's Conference on Tourism ?" Some things to consider: Funding for the arts, history and tourism is provided by the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee and all three sectors have launched a cooperative campaign to restore that funding. State and municipal bed tax receipts grew 3.7% in 2013. (Source: 2013 Tourism...

A Fitting Tribute to Dr. Clement Price

We encourage you to celebrate the life of one of New Jersey's most inspirational advocates at the 35th Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series : Curating Black America , on Saturday February 21, 9:30am - 7:00pm. African American history is American history, located at the center of the making of the American Republic. Next year's Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series entitled...

NJEAL at Leadership Training

Upon being selected and sponsored to attend Building One New Jersey and Together New Jersey 's Leadership Training, I hoped to further my knowledge in order to assist in the sustainability and advancement of the Arts in the community in which I live and work, which in turn would have a positive effect on both the State and National levels. I was motivated to attend due to the concern regarding our...

Surprising Results from New NEA Reports

Three reports from the National Endowment for the Arts reveal new findings about the impact of arts and cultural industries on GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate in certain arts activities. The data for the three reports is all from 2012, so for the first time the NEA can show a comprehensive view of a single year in the life of the arts and cultural sector from three different...

ArtPride NJ Welcomes New President & CEO

ArtPride New Jersey–a coalition of arts organizations and individuals that advocates at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey’s quality of life–is pleased to announce two staff changes. Adam Perle, former Vice President of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has been hired in the new role of President & CEO with ArtPride...

Burgio/Rittenhouse Memorial Fund

Last year we launched a new way to support ArtPride NJ and grow tomorrow’s advocates by honoring Jane Burgio and Berda Rittenhouse, two exceptional women who are remembered dearly as ardent and leading advocates. We are pleased to report that through the generosity of 32 inaugural friends, the Burgio/Rittenhouse Memorial Fund raised $12,000 to advance this cause. Support for the Burgio/Rittenhouse...

NJEAL at NAMP

I was looking for inspiration...the National Arts Marketing Project Conference was it! An experience that was perfectly timed for the moment. I am in the process of revamping the art series that I present, ArtSpeaks and ArtsTechNJ, and working on two larger initiatives: the creation of a festival managers association and a plan for a local performing arts center. Through ArtPride's support of New...