By Ann Marie Miller,
Director of Advocacy & Public Policy, ArtPride New Jersey
No matter how you get your news, you have to admit that there is a lot of it. The delivery of news is rapidly changing the way and rate that we respond to it. As a result, too often there is little time to really think about the news and the content we receive before resorting to social media with an immediate emotional response.
We end up with a cluttered email inbox and social media news feed that is difficult to sort through to prioritize for response, read carefully or file for future reference. Often social channels are just filled with emotional responses that exponentially precipitate even more “chatter.”
As Facebook algorithms dictate what you see and target marketing tailors the news you read to your psychographic profile, it is more important than ever to be mindful of your values and personal priorities. This mindfulness assures that your attention is not diverted to chatter and that, in addition to responding, you take action on issues that are important to your life.
And here’s where the arts part fits in: Art matters.
You’ve heard ArtPride NJ use that byline repeatedly, particularly through the work of the co-sponsored project with the NJ State Council on the Arts, but it REALLY DOES matter. And if you truly believe that, it requires you to not only “like” that two-word sentence, but do something about it.
Since it is Discover Jersey Arts Month and National Arts & Humanities Month, besides sharing social media posts and promoting awareness of our state’s awesome arts (which we also want you to do), here are three easy action items that make a difference and will give you that great feeling of accomplishment.
These are three action items that are not terribly difficult to remember or do, but they can cut through the daily noise of news and views and make a real difference. Accomplishing even one task is guaranteed to give you that warm fuzzy feeling of completing a meaningful task—one that ties to your personal values and priorities. Email us and let us know how the arts factor into your daily life, how you support them to make sure they survive and thrive, and what actions you are taking that provide you with personal satisfaction knowing that art matters to you!
Ann Marie Miller is currently director of Advocacy & Public Policy for the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and served as Executive Director there for 20 years. Prior to joining ArtPride in 1995, Miller served as director of Development at McCarter Theatre and as grants coordinator for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Miller serves on the Executive Committee of the State Arts Action Network of Americans for the Arts; as chair of the Hightstown Cultural Arts Commission in her hometown; as member of the Governance Committee of the NJ Arts Education Partnership; and served on the board for the Center for Non-Profit Corporations in New Jersey. Miller is a graduate of Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia with a B.S. in art education.