Category Archives: Advocacy

Celebrate Discover Jersey Arts Month!

October is Discover Jersey Arts Month and to celebrate we’re adding an extra year to all three levels of membership… all month long!  This means an extra year of:

  • Discounts and special offers to upcoming performances and exhibitions
  • Exclusive Member Parties*
  • Invitations to select dress rehearsals*
  • Movers & Shakers events with decision-makers and arts advocates**
  • Arts advocacy updates**
  • And MUCH more

*Premium and Advocate Members only
**Advocate Members only

Visit for more on Jersey Arts Membership.  Join, renew, or tell a friend, because membership matters.

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.


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!

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.

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.