Today’s post comes from our partners at ArtPride, who are the leading advocates for the arts in New Jersey. Mark your calendars for their Arts Day on May 5:
By Ann Marie Miller
Seeking inspiration? Want to know about the future of arts funding in New Jersey? How about a sneak peek at the next generation of actors, performers, and visual artists? Then join us for Arts Day in Trenton on May 5.
Arts Day is a great opportunity to learn something new, recharge your battery, and become a stronger arts advocate.
Come hear special guest and keynote speaker Ben Cameron, Arts Program Director for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. His dynamic style will leave you feeling challenged and invigorated. And did you know? Ben is from Maplewood, so we can boast that this TED talker has Jersey roots!
And given the difficult economic climate, you will want to hear an update on federal and state funding for the arts and how that plays into the “big picture.” Joe Simonetta, government affairs advisor to ArtPride, will offer his inside view on the current political climate and how it affects the non-profit arts industry.
Other highlights you can expect:
– Discover Jersey Arts will launch its new mobile app (the first of its kind in New Jersey) which makes finding arts events not only a breeze, but fun.
– ArtPride will conduct its annual membership meeting and discuss its plans to make the organization a leaner and more effective advocacy organization.
– The Governor’s Awards in Arts Education will be presented at the NJ State Museum Auditorium where a multigenerational crowd will enjoy perfomances and honor distinguished arts leaders who have made a difference in arts education around the State. The New Jersey Arts Education Partnership hosts the award ceremony, which is followed by a dessert reception in the State Museum.
Why attend Arts Day? This is the second time Art Pride has partnered with the NJ Arts Education Partnership to celebrate all that is great about the arts in our State. It’s the perfect way to get charged up as we push full force into spring and summer and emerge from the grant writing doldrums of those rough winter months. And, this may be the only time you see your colleague from Bergen County or Cape May outside of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts awards in July.
For more information and to register (limited seating is available, and there may be some last minute tweaks to the schedule and logistics) visit jerseyarts.com/artsday.