Author Archives: Madeline Orton

You like us! You really like us!

ArtPride is only as strong as our supporters, so your Facebook “like” really does count.  We keep you posted on arts funding action alerts, updates for the field, and ways to get involved, so the more “likers” we have, the bigger the voice for the arts in New Jersey.

How can you help spread the word?  So glad you asked!  ArtPride will be hosting the 3rd Annual Facebook Friends Gallery exhibition at our home, the Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in Burlington City, and we want to see you and your artwork there.  Our past two exhibits have helped us and you make new friends, and who doesn’t like a FREE opportunity to show and see exciting art?

We are seeking visual artists to submit 3-5 two-dimensional pieces to be exhibited August 16 through September 13.  Please share our page with your friends to spread the word about ArtPride’s Facebook page and the upcoming exhibition!  If you can’t find the right words, Mr. Dali is here to help:

ELIGIBILITY: Open to current residents of New Jersey who are “likers” of the Art Pride Facebook page (“like” us now by clicking HERE.) Selected artists must be available for our social networking opening reception on Thursday, August 16 from 7-9pm and we request that you bring at least 5 friends to the event.  Artists must also be available to pick up their work the week of September 17.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, July 19.  Artists will be notified of selection on Friday, July 20, and will be asked to drop off their work the following week.

*Send digital images of submissions to or hard copy photos of original work to Art Pride NJ, 432 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016.  Each digital image must be saved in JPEG format, sized at a resolution of 72 dpi.  (If selected for the exhibition, you will be requested to submit a higher resolution image for possible use in advertising.) All two-dimensional media is welcome.
*Submission should include 3-5 pieces and provide the following information: title of work, medium and dimensions.
*Include a brief artist bio (3-5 sentences) and headshot or fun personal photograph.
*Work must be ready to hang and include standard gallery hanging hardware.

Please call (609) 479-3377 ext. 305 or email with questions.

Top 15 Tweets from the Thrive! Arts Conference

The first ever state-wide Discover Jersey Arts conference was a sold out success!  Thank you to all the attendees, speakers, sponsors, and staff who made this event happen.

For the third time, we asked people attending an event to bring the conversation from in-person to online, and boy, did they ever!  Our multi-tasking tweeple (Twitter people) took to their smartphones, laptops, and tablets to bring the takeaways from the conference to the twitterverse.  This continues to be a great way to engage people who couldn’t attend (from New Jersey to California to Canada!) and create an additional platform for conversation.  In fact, the combined reach of our tweeters extended to over 15,000 followers!

Here are just some of the highlights from #NJThrive12:

@adamperle Great point about #advocacy from #NJThrive12 keynote. Inform your elected officials. Don’t go to them only when you need something.

@JoshBalber “Relationships + knowledge = advocacy” says NJSCA’s Paleologos. #njthrive12

@mbergamo1224 Words are important! How your message is presented matters. How u describe things is important & helps other spread message #NJThrive12

@Culturepath NJ Celebrates its 350th this coming year! How are you celebrating through the Arts in NJ? #NJThrive12

@mbergamo1224 Tourists pay for the arts through hotel/motel tax, .20 of every $1 #Iknewthat 🙂 #NJThrive12

@TheGrowingStage Posting on event calendars and blogging are key to embracing hyperlocal media. #NJThrive12

@Natty_Lynn “Social media is word of mouth on steroids.” #NJthrive12

@NJEmergingArts 4 different generations living in the US with a 5th one coming up! How do we reach them all? #njthrive12

@ArtCenterNJ Take a peek at the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership census for how arts make an impact #njthrive12

@NoyesMuseum #njthrive12 mobile use will eclipse desktops by 2014

@artshorizons1 “Branding is differentiation”, William Gullan Finch Brands! #NJThrive12

@paulasaha Tips from Hyperlocal editors for PR folks: don’t call. Email, DM, use the Facebook wall. #njthrive12

@Culturepath What is the character of your arts organization, your community? #NjThrive12

@artpride 43% of 18-29 yr olds use phones to decide whether or not to visit a business (arts venue?) #njthrive12

@MaddieOrton When advocating, remember that #arts groups have something amazing at their disposal: the arts! #getcreative #advocacy #njthrive12

NJ Arts Day 2012: If the arts aren’t at the table… you didn’t take a seat!

Tomorrow is the big day!  Come to The War Memorial in Trenton on Thursday, May 10 for New Jersey’s third annual Arts Day!

Don’t miss this opportunity to stay informed, network, and learn how to make your voice heard.  The schedule for the day includes:


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.