Professional Development

Thrive Arts Conference sessionArtPride is dedicated to providing quality and meaningful professional development opportunities for arts professionals and the creative community. Whether you're new to the industry or have years of experience, we offer numerous opportunities throughout the year to expand your skill set and knowledge base while networking with your colleagues in the field.


National Arts Action Summit

ArtPride leads the New Jersey delegation at the annual National Arts Action Summit, a multi-day advocacy event on Capital Hill hosted by Americans for the Arts each March. Advocates from across the country gather to receive crucial training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice by meeting with their Members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Thrive Arts Conference

Hundreds of executive, marketing, and development professionals from arts organizations statewide converge on Princeton University for our biennial June arts conference. Produced in partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts and New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Thrive has grown into the largest professional development event dedicated strictly to confronting the challenges and opportunities facing New Jersey's cultural community.

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Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) Network

In partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ArtPride convenes regional meetings of marketing, public relations, and development professionals from New Jersey-based arts organizations throughout the year. A leadership team from each regional JAM group (North, Central, and South) works with staff to address common challenges, coordinate cooperative marketing programs, foster advancement through peer-based learning and invited guest speakers, and shape the direction of our audience development programs.  

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ArtPride Annual Membership Meeting

Each fall, ArtPride convenes arts professionals from across the state to engage our members in advocacy work, review the impact of our programs and services, and network with one another. Leaders from the business, philanthropic, education, healthcare, civic, government, and nonprofit sectors are invited to share success stories and case studies in implementing the arts as part of the solution to challenges facing New Jersey.

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New Jersey State League of Municipalities Conference Arts Panel

ArtPride coordinates an annual panel discussion with legislative leaders each November at the NJ State League of Municipalities Conference. Bringing arts-related topics to the forefront of the conversation with municipal and community thought leaders impacts the public value proposition of the arts and illustrates ways local communities can implement creative placemaking, community revitalization projects, and other arts-driven projects to improve their towns.

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