NJ Mayors Committee on Arts & Culture

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The New Jersey Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture is a statewide initiative to increase communication and share information with municipal leaders about the many ways arts and culture improve community life.

ArtPride New Jersey, in collaboration with the NJ State Council on the Arts, has participated in the NJ League of Municipalities Conference since 2005 and hosted panel discussions on topics ranging from arts education to building partnerships that help achieve social justice, civic identity, public health and safety, and economic revitalization using cultural resources.

The NJ Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture extends that collaborative relationship to share information and best practices through this new network.

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Benefits of the Committee:

  • Information on federal and state funding
  • Arts ordinance library (i.e., forming arts commissions, public art, parklets)
  • Economic impact of arts data
  • Best practices

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Action Alerts

ACT NOW – Contact NJ legislators re continued pandemic relief for arts & culture

S2800/A4233 was recently introduced to support New Jersey’s creative industries with $70 million of federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds still available to the State of New Jersey.

Cultural organizations were among the very first to close and the last to reopen when pandemic restrictions eased. Most continue to struggle financially with decreased revenue as audiences have not yet returned to pre-pandemic capacity levels. Earlier federal funding has long since expired.

Funds will provide grants to nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural organizations through the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) to recoup lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and help...
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Support the Creative Economy Bills
The U.S. Congress is currently considering seven bills that will support the creative industries in recovery. Many offer ways for federal agencies to expand services and opportunities to benefit individual artists and cultural organizations.

Together, these bills map a new, more equitable and impactful policy landscape for creative businesses and workers and, if passed, would improve the lives of all Americans by expanding opportunity for creative workers and boosting the U.S. economy.

Please ask your member of Congress to cosponsor any or all of these bills.
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