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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

Video Games and the Arts: Like Two Peas in a PlayStation

A musician discussing the video game Guitar Hero on the radio a few months back mentioned that he thought his son could be an amazing musician if he spent even half as much time practicing the guitar that he spent playing Guitar Hero. More and more arts-related video games are being put on the market, but how do we harness this love of gaming into a life-long interest in these art forms? Here are some cool ideas:

Easy Piano for Nintendo DS:
Game description: “Play using the keyboard, or unplug and use a stylus. Master songs in Quick Game mode to earn new tunes. Compose and save up to three of your own songs. Replay your compositions using different instruments. Learn to read music from a cool instructor. Unlock new outfits, pianos, and venues. Choose a higher difficulty level when you need a challenge. Practice different musical skills with 10 mini-games.”

Dance on Broadway for Nintendo Wii:
Game description: “Dance on Broadway is the Wii dance game that puts you center stage performing some of the biggest Broadway hits right at home. Dance, sing, and act to hit songs from your favorite musical performances, like ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’, ‘Fame’, and ‘Luck Be A Lady’- just to name a few. Play requires only one Wii Remote per player allowing you to challenge up to three friends or family members in four-player battles for the lead in 20 Broadway hits. Get your jazz hands ready for Dance on Broadway.”
(Check out the New York Times article “A Video Game on Broadway, With Taps, Too” for a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this game!)

Video game concerts:
“These days, a lot of people in the classical music world are worried that kids aren’t connecting with orchestral music. But the music of video games is emerging as one way orchestras may actually be reaching new audiences.” Click here to read the rest of this Washington Post article, “Video-Game Concerts, a Movement That’s More than a Blip on Orchestral Landscape.”

A Broadway Dance version of a number from “The Sound of Music.” Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company


Can’t make this up– Click on it to see the larger version. It’s easy–have fun!


Pecha-kucha, pronounced pchotchka, Japanese for “chatter.” Now defined as “Get to the Power Point in 20 slides and then sit the hell down…” For more info on the rules of pecha-kucha, visit This you-tube video pp by Daniel Pink illustrates the concept really well!

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Is it Possible? Open Call for Work

You were born in New Jersey. You’ve been there. You’ve never been there. You know it from movies. TV. Songs. Newspapers. You’ve Googled it. YouTubed it. Wikipediaed it. Flickred it. You’ve never even heard of it.

So ask yourself: is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world? The Pierro Gallery and invite photographers, designers, and artists of all kinds to participate in this global open call for work.

Are ideas about place dramatically different since the internet has allowed us to participate in culture on such a global scale? Despite the endless stream of information and images available through mass media, are there limits to how we perceive, imagine, and understand the world? Exactly how do you picture New Jersey? What would you say about it in a photograph?
Your most striking responses—from the literal to the conceptual—will be included in the exhibition “Is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?” curated by I Heart Photograph for the Pierro Gallery in New Jersey, on view from April 6—May 25, 2008.

Exploring the ways that digital technologies impact how we see, circulate, and understand art, works for the exhibition will be submitted, curated, and produced exclusively through the internet.
February 22, 2008 is the deadline for submissions. No fees are required to enter.
This exhibition is made possible by funds from New Jersey State Council of the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.