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2017 NJ Social Sector Survey: Rising Demand, Resource Gaps, and Opportunities

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The Center for Non-Profits has been surveying the New Jersey non-profit community at least annually since 2001 to gauge the effects of the economy, funding and programmatic trends, and other issues in our field. This year’s report, New Jersey Non-Profits 2017: … Continue reading

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Board Leadership: Relationships Among the Parts

Posted on by David Grant

Faithful readers of the Dodge Blog know that I have repeatedly urged practitioners in the social sector to “plan backwards” from a shared vision of success, using qualitative assessment rubrics as a tool. If you make time for the process … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: From Armenia With Love

Posted on by Argine Safari, NJ Teacher of the Year

The most important life lessons I have ever learned came from my music teacher in Yerevan, Armenia. When I was 15, Rita Israelovna Petrosian was my music theory and solfege — the study of singing and musicianship using solmization syllables … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: Seasons of Love — An Art and Music Mural Project

Posted on by Alison Wallace, Arts Ed Now

A few years ago, I found myself in a new situation as an art educator. After seven years of teaching high school art, I was embarking upon a new adventure: middle school. Here I was, several years into my career, … Continue reading

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Arts Ed Now: Youth Art Month Kicks Off to Celebrate “My Art, My Story”

Posted on by Kristin Wenger, New Jersey Arts Education Partnership

  Youth Art Month encourages support for quality school art programs, and promotes art material safety. March is Youth Art Month, a time “to celebrate visual arts for grades K-12, emphasize the value of art education for all children, and … Continue reading

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Morris Arts: Living Wall at 14 Maple Ave Inspiration for New Art Exhibit

Posted on by Lynn Siebert, Morris Arts

Black, White and Green Opens at Gallery at 14 Maple on March 3 The living wall that anchors 14 Maple Ave is the inspiration behind a new art exhibit that opens this week on the building’s third floor gallery. A free … Continue reading

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News Sites Partner to Put Spotlight on Immigration in New Jersey

Posted on by Lee Keough, NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight, Center for Cooperative Media and New America Media launch $30,000 crowdfunding campaign The run-up to the presidential election has thrust the subject of immigration squarely into the center of public discourse. Yet much of the discussion thus far … Continue reading

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The Patron Saints of Dancers

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts Saint Vitus may be the acknowledged patron saint of dancers, but New Jersey dance companies and artists know that the true patron saint of dancers is Randy James. Saint Randy, currently an assistant professor … Continue reading

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A Season of Faith’s Perfection for the Arts in NJ

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts I was watching “Finding Forrester” a couple of nights ago. I may be the only person in the Western Hemisphere who hadn’t seen this film yet. The plot in brief: A gifted, African-American teenager … Continue reading

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Survey Says: It’s Still Pretty Tough Out There

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts It’s not easy being a nonprofit arts organization in New Jersey according to the latest results of a survey done by ArtPride/New Jersey, our state’s arts advocacy organization. And it’s really tough being an … Continue reading

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Inspiring Books, Blogs, Websites, and Articles

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts Over the summer, we asked several of our grantees to share their thoughts on a range of issues with us – Environment Program Director Michelle Knapik wrote about some of their responses in her … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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Laura Aden Packer, Arts Program Director My husband, Mark and I returned not too long ago from a glorious two-week vacation in northwestern Maine, where we stayed on a beautiful, pristine body of water with the unlikely name of Mooselookmeguntic … Continue reading

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Camden: The Garden City

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts If we were playing a word association game about places in New Jersey, what would be the first thing you’d think of if I said “Camden”? Did you answer “community gardens”? No? Well, you … Continue reading

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Shakespeare, Summer and You – Perfect Together

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts I just received a postcard announcing the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey‘s summer schedule, which features their production of The Tempest (see a recent article about the production in the Daily Record). For me, … Continue reading

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Speaking Out for the Arts in New Jersey

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Laura Aden Packer, Program Director, Arts In Greek mythology Sisyphus was a king who was punished for eternity: condemned to roll an enormous boulder uphill, only to watch it roll back down again. This story has been played out here … Continue reading

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