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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:


Missed Arts Day?

Missed Arts Day?  Never fear, we’ve got you covered!  Visit the Arts Day webpage for a transcript of, and bibilography for, Ben Cameron’s keynote speech.  See highlights from the day’s events in our Arts Day Album by finding us on Facebook.  Finally, don’t miss our own Jonathan Elliott’s blog post, “Arts Day in Trenton 2011: Lessons, Looking Back, and Forward Motion.”

Thank you to everyone who attended and followed along via Facebook and Twitter.  Remember: ART MATTERS.

Keynote speaker Ben Cameron


A packed house for Arts Day!


Meeting and greeting at Arts Day

You’re Invited to Arts Day!

Tell Trenton that you support the arts and arts education in New Jersey by attending Arts Day 2011.  Learn about the state of the arts in New Jersey through our legislative briefing, network with leaders in the field, share your organization’s stories, and find out how you can become more involved in advocating for the arts in New Jersey.  Admission to Arts Day activities is FREE, but space is limited, so please RSVP HERE.  Registration will be from 1:30-2:00 PM at 225 W. State Street and festivities begin at 2:00 PM.

Join us for:
•    (2:00) Legislative Update on Federal & State Arts Funding
•    (2:30) Art Pride NJ Annual Meeting
•    (3:00) Keynote Speaker: Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
•    (3:45) “Meet the Speaker” Reception at NJ Restaurant Association, 126 W. State St., directly across from the State House ($25 fee – light refreshments)
•    (3-4:15) Student Performances/Tours of State House & NJ State Museum
•    (4:30) Governor’s Awards in Arts Education

May 5, 2011 – 2 PM
225 W. State Street & New Jersey State Museum Capitol Complex (Trenton, NJ)

Thank You to our NJ Arts Advocates!

Thank you to all the arts advocates who contacted their legislators, and a special thanks to those who made the trip to Washington, D.C. with us last week.  Your efforts made an impact on the continuing resolution for FY2011 funding. 

Though the final 2011 Budget Bill does not include the $167.5 million we requested for the National Endowment for the Arts, it is set at $155 million, which is well above the $124.4 million budget passed by the House in February.  Arts Education funding through the Department of Education was cut from $40 million to $20 million, though not entirely eliminated as was also recommended in the budget passed by the House.  As always, we will keep you posted about the State and Federal FY12 budgets as they develop. 

The time and energy you have dedicated to advocating for the arts and arts education play a key role in educating lawmakers about the importance of the arts.  However, there is always more work to be done!  Please join us for Arts Day in Trenton on May 5.  This year’s event will include our legislative update, the Art Pride annual meeting, keynote speaker Ben Cameron, and a “Meet the Speaker” reception.  Additionally, we invite you to attend the Governor’s Awards in Arts Education that afternoon to enjoy some of New Jersey’s best and brightest arts students and educators.  Registration is FREE, but space is limited, so please visit our Arts Day webpage for more information.

Thank you for your support, and remember: ART MATTERS.

Arts Day

Thank you to everyone involved for making Arts Day a success!

For those who missed it, check out this great article by Peggy McGlone recapping some of the day’s events:
N.J. Arts Advocates Gather at State Museum in Trenton for Annual Event

Finally, congratulations to David Grant for receiving the 2010 Distinguished Arts Advocate Award and to Elizabeth Leger for receiving the first annual David Grant Student Arts Activist Award for her amazing “Art for Haiti” mural. Thank you both for your hard work and dedication!

We look forward to seeing you all next year.

“Art for Haiti” by Elizabeth Leger