Arts Advocacy Tool Kit

Effective arts advocates need basic and good information to make the case for support.  These tools will provide you with statistics, stories, and tips to make your voice heard.

2015 Creative Industries Reports

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Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts reports provide a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in America. Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 2.9 million people. This represents 3.9 percent of all U.S. businesses and 1.9 percent of all U.S. employees—demonstrating statistically that the arts are a formidable business presence and broadly distributed across our communities. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. Data current as of January 1, 2015.

To view New Jersey’s Creative Industries Reports, please email Stephanie Carr.

Planning a Visit to the State Legislature

It is criTime For Actiontical for arts advocates to develop meaningful communications with the men and women who truly make the policies in New Jersey.  The strongest and most dependable way to communicate is to schedule a legislative visit.  Sounds like an intimidating prospect, doesn’t it … calling your representative’s office, requesting a meeting, AND rehearsing all of the talking points you want to bring to the table?
Have no fear and remember that your legislators are there for you!

View a list of the protocols, tips, and tricks for visiting the Legislature,

Arts Plan New Jersey

Arts Plan NJ iartsplans citizen activism at its best, involving hundreds of individuals throughout the State in a plan to create a better New Jersey through the arts.  Arts Plan has been the launching pad for numerous programs including Discover Jersey Arts, the NJ Cultural Trust, Arts Build Communities, the Alliance for Arts in Health NJ, and most recently an Arts/Business Partnership Initiative.

View the Arts Plan NJ PDF here.



The Arts as a Partner in Creating a Sustainable Future

sustainablenj-logoSustainable Jersey is a certification program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term. Sustainable Jersey provides tools, training and financial incentives to support and reward communities as they pursue sustainability programs.

Sustainable Jersey has recognized the importance of cultural vitality to a sustainable community. To learn more about how the arts connect to sustainability, read the Arts as a Partner in Sustainability.

View Arts as a Partner PDF

Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee Fact Sheet

The Hotel/Motel Occupancy Fee is a dedicated revenue source that directly provides funding for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Cultural Trust, Historical Commission, and Tourism.  This fact sheet offers talking points to aid conversation with legislators on this important funding source, and to help you understand the enabling legislation.

View NJ Hotel Motel Fee PDF




Arts & Economic Activity Statistics

Facts and figures on the economic impact of the nonprofit arts industry.

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View Economic Statistics PDF




Arts Education Advocacy Tool Kit

Keeping the Promise is the latest report from the NJ Arts Education Census Project and outlines the need for ongoing arts education advocacy on local and statewide levels.  Read the report to discover the recommendations of the Census Project that surveyed 99% of NJ schools. Please visit the New Jersey Arts Education Partnership Resource Tools webpage for more information on arts education in New Jersey.

View Report PDF



Governor Christie’s Arts Position

While not a direct response to ArtPride New Jersey, Inc.’s survey for gubernatorial candidates on arts and cultural policy, this statement on the arts was received via email on October 25, 2009.

Christie response PDF





The Arts Mean Business

The 2009 report on the economic impact of New Jersey’s nonprofit arts and associated audience spending on the State’s economy.

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