Arts Action Center

Through ArtPride’s Arts Action Center, you can contact elected officials directly and stay up-to-date with arts-related legislation. Just enter your address, and a letter with information on the current issue will be addressed to elected officials in your district, or a petition will be filled out on your behalf.  Add a personal touch by sharing a story about how the arts impact your neighborhood.

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Active Issues

Restore Arts, History, and Tourism Appropriations through FY19 NJ State Budget Resolutions

Please send an email or call your district legislators TODAY and ask them to support budget resolutions offered in the NJ Senate and NJ Assembly that request arts, tourism, and history appropriations be restored to FY05 levels ($22.68 million for arts, $12.76 million for tourism, $3.84 million for history, and $720k for NJ Cultural Trust). Budget resolutions were submitted on June 4 for the FY19 state budget which must be approved by June 30. Senator Troy Singleton (D-NJ 7) and Assemblywoman Pat Egan Jones (D-NJ 5) have submitted these resolutions.

If you choose to make a phone call, the pre-worded email will provide you with a phone script. The “ask” is to request your legislators to support this budget resolution as “one of their top three funding priorities.”

Your action is needed NOW. Our goals is to recruit 25 NJ Senators and 50 NJ Assemblypersons to commit their support.

If you have questions about this campaign, please contact Ann Marie Miller at the ArtPride office at 609-479-3377 ext. 307 or by email at amiller@artpridenj.com

Thank you in advance for your support!

 

Have Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act Placed on Commerce Committee Agenda

In this legislative session, the Drama Therapists and Dance/Movement Therapists Licensing Act has already passed through the State Assembly. Unfortunately, we are not on the agenda on June 11, so we are now urging the Senator to add our bill to the agenda of the next Commerce Committee meeting. The new Chairperson of this Committee is Senator Pou.

Here is where you come in! Please take a few minutes to send an email to Senator Pou and her legislative assistant. Here is a quick and easy way to make your voice heard and help move our bill forward. Ask your friends and family to write to Senator Pou, as well, even if they do not live in NJ.

 

Sponsors Needed for Arts Funding Bills

Please ask your NJ State Legislators to Sponsor S247/A3101 to Increase Funding for Arts, History & Tourism

S247/A3101 – Increases minimum annual amounts for appropriation for certain arts, historical heritage, and tourism purposes from hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues.

This bill does not change the poison pill level that remains in place, but by proposing $25 million of increased appropriation is supportive of the needs that exist in all three communitiesSponsors are needed for both bills, so please contact your legislators today and ask them to co-sponsor these bills in the Assembly and Senate.

Current primary sponsors of S247 are Senators Jeff Van Drew (R-Dist 1) and Senator Troy Singleton (D-Dist 7), and co-sponsors are Senators Thomas Kean, Jr.  (R-Dist 21), Patrick Diegnan (D-Dist 18), Bob Gordon (D- Dist 38), and Chris Brown (R-Dist 2).

Current primary sponsors of A3101 are Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones (D-Dist 5) and Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Dist 14).

Please take a moment to thank the current sponsors for their support.

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