Archive for October 2018

Arts Panels at 2018 NJ League of Municipalities Conference

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The NJ League of Municipalities Conference 2018 rolls out inspiration to plan for the future with a theme of Municipalities Leading the Way. The 103rd League Conference will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center November 13-15.

ArtPride has helped to organize two panels that focus on the relationship of the arts to municipalities:

The HeART of Downtown Renaissance
Tuesday, November 13 at 2:00pm

Co-hosted by ArtPride New Jersey and the Housing and Community Development Network of NJ

Experts will share how local arts and cultural programs–from festivals and mural projects, to pop up exhibitions and creative use of vacant spaces–spur economic and community development. Panelists will discuss arts and community partnerships that tackle local challenges head-on and help develop healthy and desirable neighborhoods where residents take pride and businesses succeed.

Speakers:
Maureen Vanacore, Northern NJ Community Foundation, ArtsBergen
Patrice Foresman, Main Street Business Alliance, Hackensack
Evan Sanchez, Co-Founder, Authentic City Partners, Atlantic City
Tom Gilmour, Executive Director, Trenton Downtown Association
Dan Swern, Producing Director, CoLAB Arts
Presiding: Andre Sayegh – Mayor of Paterson, NJ


Tourism & Local Governmnent Engagement
Thursday, November 15, 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Room 414, Atlantic City Convention Center
Hosted by the New Jersey Tourism Industry Association

Explore the partnership between government and professional tourism marketing. Learn about your Destination Marketing Organization; using the local option Hotel and Lodging Occupancy tax for tourism; how to promote your town and take advantage of existing alliances. Understand cutting-edge proposals to create Tourism Development Authorities (TDA) used successfully in other states to empower local governments to establish their own marketing program with community participation and funding.

Speakers:
Joseph Simonetta – Executive Director, NJ Tourism Industry Assoc.
Jacqueline Morales – Director, Tourism and Somerset County/Business Partnership
Jennifer Costa – DMO Director, Elizabeth
Adam Perle – President & CEO, ArtPride New Jersey
Presiding: J. Christian Bollwage – Mayor, Elizabeth; Past President, NJLM

Click here for conference registration information.

Secretary of State Visits McCarter to Support Voter Registration

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Last week, we had the extreme pleasure of welcoming  the New Jersey Secretary of State, Tahesha Way, to McCarter Theatre Center. Our partners at New Jersey State Council on the Arts invited Ms. Way to visit one of the fantastic cultural organizations hosting voter registration tables as part of the Support the Arts – VOTE campaign. It was a wonderful opportunity to show her how art organizations can shine as civic leaders.

Way echoed the importance of these community connections and campaigns like Support the Arts – VOTE:

“Much like the arts give people a platform to share their stories, voting gives people the opportunity to make their voices heard. Now, more than ever, communities across our nation are feeling empowered by the right to vote. A record number of people – 800,000 – registered to vote on National Voter Registration Day last month.

We are grateful to our state’s strong arts sector – and organizations like the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ArtPride New Jersey and McCarter Theatre – for recognizing the role of the arts in bringing communities together and seeing the potential arts organizations have to increase and celebrate civic engagement.”

For more examples of our members bringing their communities together in the name of civic responsibility, check out our latest Voices from the Field blog post. Also, check out more photos from Secretary Way’s visit on our Facebook page or on McCarter’s blog.

Make Your Voice Heard: Support the Arts – VOTE!

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By Koren Rife,
Marketing & Communications Manager, ArtPride New Jersey

Elections are determined by those who make their voices heard, and with 13 seats up for election in New Jersey’s midterms, there’s a lot to be said.

Moreover, there’s a lot at stake in the November 6 election. For example, influential arts supporter and chair of the Appropriations Committee, Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11), is retiring. Rep. Frelinghuysen’s moderate conservative voice supported the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities budget increases, despite proposals to terminate both agencies. In addition, there are hotly contested elections in at least four N.J. congressional districts.

That’s why ArtPride launched Support the Arts – VOTE, a campaign to spread awareness of the importance of the state’s upcoming elections and make sure all eligible New Jerseyans are active and informed voters.

ArtPride sent a questionnaire to all candidates regarding their opinions on the arts in the state (responses are available here) and called on the leaders of local arts organizations to become citizen advocates. Organizations from all over the state answered ArtPride’s rally cry. Here are just a few examples of our members bringing their communities together in the name of civic responsibility:

  • Perkins Center for the Arts made sure that each participant at their Wiffle Ball Cup on Sept. 8 was registered and aware of upcoming voter deadlines.
  • Zimmerli Art Museum on the Rutgers New Brunswick campus is providing voter registration and information and participating in the 50 State Initiative organized by For Freedoms, where an exhibit of lawn signs declare hundreds of definitions of freedom.
  • The Newark Museum also participated in a For Freedoms initiative, with an event on Oct. 6 that included an outdoor party, voter registration, and lawn-sign making with local artists.
  • Mayo Performing Arts Center had voter registration information available at its box office, lobby, and at its booth at the Morristown’s Festival on the Green on Sept. 30. Additionally, it includes the Support the Arts – VOTE message in a pre-concert slide show that runs in the theatre and in the lobby for all performances and is sending multiple emails to 90K individuals.
  • Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts is hosting an information table at their Big Read events, where students and community are coming together.
  • McCarter Theatre Center hosted a registration table in its lobby for the opening week of its show Detroit ’67, and was even able to help Executive Director Michael S. Rosenberg update his registration! When the theatre referenced the table during the first preview’s pre-show talk, there was an “instantaneous, huge round of applause” (Paula T. Alekson, Artistic Engagement Manager) from those in attendance.

N.J.’s Secretary of State, Tahesha Way, also visited McCarter’s registration table, and had the following to say:

“We are grateful to our state’s strong arts sector – and organizations like the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, ArtPride New Jersey, and McCarter Theatre – for recognizing the role of the arts in bringing communities together and seeing the potential arts organizations have to increase and celebrate civic engagement.”

 

New Jersey’s arts industry and its patrons certainly are powerful. The nonprofit arts sector alone generates $41 million in local and state tax revenues. Also, 90 percent of those surveyed in 2017’s Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study said they voted in the 2016 election. That type of impact is hard to ignore, but that doesn’t mean we can’t all do more!

Make your voice heard. Help ArtPride spread awareness of the importance of N.J.’s midterm elections. Your outreach will ensure that art supporters are well prepared to perform their civic duty in November. Visit www.ArtPrideNJ.com/Vote to access a digital toolkit of graphics, social media language, and more to tell your audiences, friends, everyone: Support the Arts – VOTE!

 

Koren Rife is short, sassy and a terrible liar.  Despite having not yet met her life goal of becoming a Muppet, she counts herself incredibly lucky to spend most days surrounded by art, whether at the office (ArtPride New Jersey Foundation) or at one of the community theatre groups she calls her second (third or fourth) home. At her actual home in Riverside, NJ, she snuggles with three cats (George, Jacques and Byng), one dog (Winston) and sometimes her husband, Jeff.

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