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April 24, 2012

NJ Arts Day 2012 to be held May 10th at The War Memorial in Trenton, NJ

Burlington, NJ: ArtPride New Jersey is hosting NJ Arts Day 2012 at The War Memorial in Trenton on May 10 from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm. Arts Day activities will begin with release of data from the "2011 NJ Visual and Performing Arts Survey," which is part of the NJ Arts Education Census Project of the NJ Arts Education Partnership (NJAEP). The Survey is a mandatory school-by-school study conducted by the NJ Department of Education to create a 360-degree view of arts education in New Jersey schools as well as measure any changes since the first survey was conducted five years ago. For more information on NJAEP visit

ArtPride New Jersey will then conduct its annual membership meeting, featuring the election of new officers and trustees as well as the presentation of Distinguished Arts Advocate Awards to The Honorable Thomas H. Kean, Jr. (NJ Senator, District 21), and The Honorable Matthew W. Milam, (NJ Assemblyman, District 1). Senator Kean serves as an ex officio member of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Assemblyman Milam serves as Chairman of the New Jersey Assembly Tourism & the Arts Committee. Mark Packer, President of ArtPride New Jersey, states, "We are proud to honor these two distinguished New Jersey legislators who have promoted the value of arts and culture not only within their respective districts, but throughout our State. They understand how important the arts are to New Jersey's quality of life and deserve to be honored for their leadership." Staff from The Citizens Campaign, a Metuchen, NJ based group that works to cultivate a culture of service and develop a new generation of leaders, will also conduct a Leadership Training Session for Arts Day attendees.

The Arts Day keynote address will be delivered by Janet Brown, Executive Director of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA). Based in Seattle, Washington, GIA is the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations in America. A special "Movers & Shakers" reception for Jersey Arts Advocate Members and the 32nd Annual New Jersey Governor's Awards in Arts Education, honoring New Jersey students and educators for outstanding achievement in the arts, round out the Arts Day activities.

Admission to NJ Arts Day 2012 is free to the public. There is a fee for lunch and for the "Movers & Shakers" reception. For complete Arts Day details, and to register for the event, visit


ArtPride New Jersey, Inc., a coalition of arts organizations and individuals, advocates at local, state and national levels for funding, support and recognition of the arts as vital to New Jersey's economy, education and overall quality of life. For more information visit

The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation is the programs and services arm of ArtPride New Jersey, Inc. which cosponsors a number of programs including: Discover Jersey Arts, dedicated to increasing public arts awareness and participation; Arts Plan NJ, a blueprint for a better New Jersey through the arts; New Jersey Emerging Arts Leaders, and the NJ Arts Education Partnership. The Foundation's programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Prudential Foundation.