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FAQs on Arts Advocacy Day

National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC is just a few weeks away!  Will you be joining us this April 16-17?  We know DC is a bit of a hike, but we promise it’s worth the trip.  You will:

  • LEARN new ways to make the best case for the arts to decision-makers.
  • NETWORK with other attendees from your state and across the country.
  • BE HEARD by your members of Congress when you visit them to make the case for the arts and arts education.

Visit the Americans for the Arts website for more information.

Want to go, but not sure you can participate?   Here are some helpful tips.  As always, feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions at or (609) 479-3377 ext. 305.

FAQs on Arts Advocacy Day:

I can’t attend both days.  Which one should I choose?
Tuesday.  While we recommend attending both days to participate in Americans for the Arts’ advocate training and Nancy Hanks Lecture on Monday, April 16, we have had attendees arrive in Washington on Monday evening or Tuesday morning to participate in Tuesday’s legislative visits.

Are there ways to save money on the trip?
YesRegister by March 30 for the early registration rate.  Additionally, you can save on housing by sharing a hotel room or staying with a friend in the area.  We also recommend carpooling and public transportation.  Round-trip tickets from Newark, Philadelphia and New York can be as low as $30 through some of the major bus companies like Bolt Bus and Megabus.

Am I allowed to advocate?
Absolutely.  Organizations that receive NJSCA or NEA funding are allowed to spend up to 25% of their budget on advocacy.  Additionally, even if you are not the spokesperson for your organization, we encourage you to attend as a private citizen.  This is a great opportunity for students and emerging arts leaders to take on a leadership role and learn more about this important aspect of the nonprofit arts field.


Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Visual & Culinary Arts

Art and food go together like… well, dinner and show!  Join us on March 5 for Inspiring Women: A Celebration of Visual & Culinary Arts—a  fundraiser benefitting ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, the New Jersey Restaurant Association and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition featuring:

  • An exhibit of work by New Jersey women artists
  • An opening reception showcasing the culinary talents of New Jersey women chefs
  • A silent auction with prizes pairing artistic and culinary delights

Want to learn more?  Don’t miss Ann Marie’s post for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog: “Celebrating Women, Food and the Arts in March.”

This event benefits 3 great organizations and should be a lot of fun, so we hope to see you there!

Hospitality House
126 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08608


$50 per person

Register by clicking HERE.
For questions contact:; (609) 479-3377

Make Your Case—Be an Advocate for the Arts

The newest representatives to New Jersey’s State Legislature were sworn in earlier this month, so this is a great time to reach out to your State Assembly Members and Senators.  ArtPride NJ works to educate lawmakers about the key role the non-profit arts industry plays in New Jersey, and we look forward to meeting with our legislators to share our stories.

ArtPride NJ’s Legislative District Teams—comprised of arts workers, business leaders, health professionals, teachers, students, and more—do an amazing job of making their case!  These arts advocates come together to educate their district representatives about the impact the arts have on our economy, our schools, and our hometowns, and their efforts are invaluable.  If you are interested in joining a Legislative District Team, we would love to have you with us!  Email your name, address, and why you are interested in joining to:  Show your support by being an advocate for the arts!

Make a Bid. Give a Gift.

The Art Pride NJ Online Auction is now open!  The auction will run from November 21, 2011 to December 12, 2011, with proceeds going to Art Pride NJ Foundation in order to support programs and services that keep the arts in New Jersey alive and thriving.

 Complete your holiday shopping list while supporting the arts!  The Art Pride New Jersey Foundation Online Auction is your one-stop shop for:

Exciting getaways…

…Celebrity memorabilia…

…Gifts kids will love…

…Exciting experiences and ticket packages…

…And more!  Don’t forget to refer your friends.  Make a bid.  Give a gift.

How do the Arts Impact the Greater Newark Area?

How do the arts impact  the Greater Newark Area ?

Bruno Lee, a payroll technician at UMDNJ-The University Hospital, is also an accomplished musician who performs in the hospital lobby as part of the Creative Arts Healthcare Program. (Photo credit: Andrew Hanenberg)

The Creative Arts Healthcare Program at UMDNJ-The University Hospital is benefiting the hospital community and beyond by educating staff, patients and the community about the positive impacts of arts in healthcare.  According to the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, arts in healthcare is a diverse, multidisciplinary field dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments of their lives. This rapidly growing field integrates the arts—including literary, performing, and visual arts and design—into a wide variety of healthcare and community settings for therapeutic, educational and expressive purposes.

How do the Arts Impact Fords?

How do the arts impact  Fords ?
(And Asbury, and Edison, and West Windsor, and…)

Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre's "Cimmarones de Puerto Rico."

International exchange through the arts provides audiences the opportunity to deepen their understanding of other cultures in a unique, exciting way.  Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre performs several pieces like Spain: The Trail of Gold—a dance that acknowledges the tragic history of cultures of the New World while celebrating the survival of these cultures and their shared roots with Spain through dance, song and music.  The company also performs at schools, libraries and museums to educate audiences about Spanish dance and music traditions.  For more on Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, click HERE.

Creative Conversations 2011

Tomorrow’s the big day!  New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders (NJEAL) will host their third annual Creative Conversation on Thursday, October 20 at Arts Council of Princeton—“Upwardly Mobile: Successful Relationships with Mentors and Supervisors in the Arts.”  The event will begin at 7:00PM and include a panel discussion and networking after-party.  To learn more about Creative Conversations or the New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders, check out ArtPride Executive Director Ann Marie Miller’s recent post on the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Blog.  Interested in attending?  Click HERE for event information.  RSVP on Facebook or email

Meet the panelists!

Sean Baker
Manager of the Annual Fund, League of American Orchestras
Sean is a fundraiser at the League of American Orchestras, where he interfaces with orchestra enthusiasts, concertgoers, staff, and trustees to gain support for the League’s programs and services that strengthen orchestras everywhere.  Formally educated as an orchestral bassist, the study of music led Sean to festivals in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, and earned him two degrees in performance from the University of Minnesota and Manhattan School of Music.  Sean’s other interests include entrepreneurship, transhumanism, enjoying the outdoors, and geeky sci-fi stuff.

Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Associate Artistic Director, Elisa Monte Dance
Tiffany Rea-Fisher received her BFA from SUNY Purchase.  After graduation she performed with Compania de Dance, Spain; The Kevin Wynn Collection, NYC; Dance Anonymous, Cyprus;, NYC and The Brett Howard Dance Company, NYC.  Ms. Rea-Fisher joined Elisa Monte Dance in 2004. She was named Dance Magazine’s “On the Rise” person for their 2007 August issue.  Ms. Rea-Fisher began her administrative work for the company in 2007. In 2009 Tiffany was promoted to Associate Artistic Director, and has now also added the title of Director of Operations.

Kelly Ryman
Director of Marketing and Public Relations, George Street Playhouse
Kelly has worked in marketing or press relations for more than 100 regional theatre productions, nearly half of which were either world or American premieres.  At George Street Playhouse since 2000, she is particularly delighted to have been Marketing Director for the world premiere productions of nine plays by Arthur Laurents as well as The Toxic Avenger and The Spitfire Grill — both of which moved from GSP to New York City and have been performed around the world.  Off-Broadway, Kelly was a member of the marketing team for the The Toxic Avenger, which won the 2009 Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Musical.  She is regional chair of Jersey Arts Marketers, a board member of New Brunswick City Market, a member of the advisory board of Arts Plan NJ and serves on the marketing committee for The New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

How do the Arts Impact Essex County?

How do the arts impact  Essex County ?

Entertaining and educational arts events are available for free to the community.  A large crowd of more than 10,000 people gathered to watch the United States Military Academy Band, led by LTC Jim Keene, perform a free concert in Essex County Brookdale Park on July 1st.  To learn more about the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, click HERE.

How do the Arts Impact South Orange?

How do the Arts Impact  South Orange ?

Photo Credit: Patrick Hilaire Photography

 “The arts represent our collective therapy… and we conjure our original selves through our consumption habits. A healthy diet of this very necessary ‘spiritual food’ is vital to our ongoing happiness and well-being — BON APPETIT! “ – Mike Griot, Founder/Executive Director of the South Orange International Blues Festival

How do the Arts Impact Morristown?

How do the arts impact  Morristown ?

Members of the former John Harms Performing Arts Company from 2001 and the current Mayo Performing Arts Company.

On the 10th anniversary of September 11th, Mayo Performing Arts Center hosted a free remembrance event that was a true collaboration of Morristown arts, religious and social organizations. Over 500 members of the community participated in the event and a candlelight moment of silence around the Vail Mansion reflecting pool that followed.  To read more about this event click HERE.