Category Archives: Nonprofits

Creative Conversations 2012: Meet the Panel!

Join New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders on Thursday, October 25 for their
4th Annual Creative Conversation: Cross-Industry Collaborations.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Networking after-party to follow

George Street Playhouse
9 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

FREE; Dinner will be provided
Networking after-party food and drink not included



David Keefe
Combat Paper Coordinator, The Printmaking Center of NJ

David Keefe – MFA-STUDIO ART, SGT USMC (FMR) – is the Director of Combat Paper NJ, a special program at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey that gives participating vets the opportunity to reintegrate into society by making paper from their military uniforms and communicating their stories on the paper through art. From 2001-2009, Sgt Keefe served in the United States Marine Corps, and from 2006-2007 completed a tour of combat duty in Iraq as a scout in the infantry. Mr. Keefe holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Montclair State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Delaware. In addition to directing Combat Paper NJ, he is the Interim Director of Education at the Printmaking Center of New Jersey. Mr. Keefe also teaches Painting and Graduate Independent Study at Montclair State University, works as a freelance curator and exhibition coordinator, and makes art in his Montclair, NJ studio.

Diana Moore
Curator, Marie L. Matthews Gallery at D&R Greenway Land Trust

Diana Moore holds an undergraduate degree in medieval art from Princeton University and a masters in contemporary art with a focus on the intersection of science and art from Sotheby’s Institute of Art. She is the Director of Investor Relations and Business Development at Advaxis, a cancer immunotherapy company, and the curator of the art galleries at D&R Greenway Land Trust. She is the recipient of a Mercer Change Maker award for outstanding non-profit volunteer work in New Jersey, co-coordinator of volunteers at Art All Night Trenton, and the fundraising chair of the board of directors at Artworks Trenton.

Alex Hollywood
Executive Director, Middlesex Co. Regional Chamber of Commerce & CVB

Bio coming soon!

My Top 5 AFTA Convention 2011 Takeaways

I’ve just returned, reinvigorated (and a little jet-lagged…), from the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego.  AFTA put together another great convention full of workshops, discussions, ARTventures and art, so there were many takeaways.  Here were my top 5:

5.  Arts organizations are engaging audiences in exciting ways with technology… 

A placard at the Museum of Photographic Arts. This QR code allows visitors to hear the music of Pablo Casals, the musician depicted in the accompanying photograph. (Try it!)

For a list of helpful tech tools, visit: Technology Resources for Arts Managers, Cool Web Apps for Arts & Cultural Organizations, and Great Resources for Arts & Cultural Organizations

4.  …but technology isn’t the only way!

A placard at the San Diego Natural History Museum asking visitors to vote, based on brief descriptions and images, on the exhibit they are most interested in seeing at "The Nat."

 3.  As another attendee mentioned, there’s nothing quite like being surrounded by other arts administrators.  Meeting people with a shared interest who come from completely different backgrounds is both bonding and eye-opening.  The passions and challenges are similar and the ideas that accompany them can be inspiring.

Emerging Leaders Reception--Photograph by Jack Foster Mancilla

2.  The importance of advocating for the arts can’t be stressed enough!  Throughout the convention I heard many compelling arts advocacy success stories—one from right in San Diego!  However, I heard just as many attendees admit they were not aware of the role arts advocacy plays in their communities or how they can help. 

 Here in New Jersey, you can get involved by simply becoming a member of ArtPride!  Click HERE to learn more.

1.  San Diego has some amazing art!  And that’s what it’s all about, right?

Southwestern College's Mariachi Garibaldi performing during the closing keynote.

"Nature's Berth" by Anne Oshman-- Part of the Port of San Diego public art exhibit, Urban Trees 7.

"Tree Pose" by Brennan Hubbell--Part of the Port of San Diego public art exhibit, Urban Trees 7.

"Coming Together" by Niki de St. Phalle-- Part of the Port of San Diego Tidelands Collection.

Want to see more Convention highlights?  Visit the Americans for the Arts website for photos, blog posts, videos and more!

Worth a Few Minutes…reading this week

I don’t know about you, but lately I have had little time or patience for reading. Yet I spend all day reading in front of my computer screen. What’s that all about? The need for time, less distractions and focus. All of which are lacking in my life right now.

However, that being said, a few things have crossed my desk this week that are worth noting. Continue reading

Michael Kaiser’s Key to a Healthy Arts Organization

It is no wonder why Michael Kaiser has 4,694 Facebook friends. After hearing the Kennedy Center president speak at the ‘Arts in Crisis: A Conversation with Michael M. Kaiser’ event at McCarter Theatre last Wednesday, I was inspired by his optimistic, yet realistic, can-do attitude. For those who missed it, key points can be found here at the Arts in Crisis video series website.

According to Mr. Kaiser the key to a healthy arts organization is exciting programming—not surprising for a man that plans productions 4-5 years in advance! To this end, he believes programming should only receive cuts as a last resort, and when big programming cannot be scheduled right away, it should be announced 2-3 years in advance. This planning time allows for fundraising, marketing, involving board members, and generating the excitement a production needs behind it. Mr. Kaiser explained that he feels exciting, high-quality programming brings in new people who attract new audiences, which all adds up to more money to fund programming.

As the topic of conversation was “Arts in Crisis,” much of the discussion focused on finances, fundraising, and closing debt—all topics you can learn more about in his writings or in the Arts in Crisis video series. While Mr. Kaiser did discuss the extremely difficult economic climate, his tone was a hopeful and encouraging one. In such challenging times, it was motivating to hear Mr. Kaiser, a man who is certainly no stranger to accepting a challenge, rally the troops with words of wisdom and his favorite thing: excitement!

Arts in Crisis: A Conversation with Michael M. Kaiser

McCarter Theatre Center, along with New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ArtPride New Jersey, Lewis Center for the Arts/Princeton University, The Arts Council of Princeton, and New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Invites You to Attend

A Conversation with Michael M. Kaiser

President, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

March 17, 2010
9am Coffee and Networking
10am Discussion

Moderated by Timothy Shields,
Managing Director, McCarter Theatre Center

Berlind Theatre
McCarter Theatre Center
91 University Place, Princeton, NJ 08540

Free and open to the public; pre-registration is appreciated.
To pre-register, call 609.258.2787

Mr. Kaiser will address the challenges facing nonprofit performing arts organizations today. Q&A to follow.

If you would like to ask Mr. Kaiser a question, please email Edward Coles at before March 16.

Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative
Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative is a program designed to provide planning assistance and consulting to struggling arts organizations throughout the United States. Open to non-profit 501(c)(3) presenting and producing performing arts organizations, the program will provide counsel from Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser, Kennedy Center executive staff, and approved mentors in the areas of fundraising, building more effective Boards of Trustees, budgeting, marketing, technology, and other areas pertinent to maintaining a vital performing arts organization during a troubled economy. This event is part of Michael Kaiser’s nationwide speaking tour. For more info visit

Help Us Help the Arts Throughout Our State!

Dear New Jersey arts supporter,

Help Art Pride NJ help the arts throughout our State!

ArtPride NJ is in the running to be named a GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Arts Nonprofit and we need your help! If we receive at least 10 positive reviews (4 or 5 stars) by February 28, 2010, ArtPride NJ will gain exposure to potential donors. All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! Go to:

Be sure to choose “Arts Appreciation Campaign” from the drop-down list of campaigns when posting your review.

With your help, we can gain greater visibility in the community. And if your nonprofit would like to be part of this effort, be sure to visit GreatNonprofits to find out how!

Thank you,
Ann Marie Miller
Executive Director, ArtPride NJ

Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?

I recently received an email about a blog post titled “Why Don’t More Members of Gens X and Y Join Boards?” through the Americans for the Arts Emerging Arts Leaders Listserv (which is great, by the way. You should join.) The topic of under-35ers on nonprofit boards is one that has risen several times in my office and amongst our Emerging Arts Leaders group. Though I think a member of Generation X/Y joining a board would be beneficial to both the organization and the individual, I am intimidated by the prospect of doing so (as are many of my Generation X/Y peers) for exactly the reasons listed in this blog post:

…Some in these demographics are hesitant to pursue board opportunities for the following reasons:
• They hold the perception that board service is not accessible
• They think they’re not qualified
• They don’t know what is involved in joining a board
• They’re unaware of the impact of board service on an organization’s mission or what board service can do to help a cause.

A good friend of mine who recently graduated from college told me that she was considering becoming a board member of a nonprofit. At first, I have to admit, I was surprised! Though she is admittedly one of the smartest, most talented people I know, she has only been out of school for about half a year. I wondered what someone just entering the field would have to offer an organization. It seems that what I initially looked at as an obstacle for her to overcome is actually an asset! My friend is in tune with what people her age need from this organization and has fresh ideas on how to meet these demands—a challenge the board had been working on and they wanted a generational liaison, if you will, to help guide the process. For this reason, she was asked to apply for a spot on the board, something she would never consider within reach had it not been presented as an option. The board will now have a new perspective at the table from a demographic they want to reach, my friend will gain experience and contacts helping a nonprofit that supports what she loves, and the organization will benefit from the ideas that develop from this new marriage. It’s win-win-win. Now the question is: how do we encourage “generational diversity” on boards?