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Discover Jersey Arts is facilitated by the staff of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, whose offices are located within the Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in historic Burlington, NJ.

Phone
:609.479.3377
Fax:609.964.1566

Street Address:

432 High Street
First Floor
Burlington, NJ 08016


Jim Atkinson | Director of Programs and Services
email: jatkinson@artpridenj.com
phone: 609.479.3377 ext. 304

jim atkinsonJim has been working in the arts and entertainment sector for more than twenty years. As the Director of Programs and Services for the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, he is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of numerous Foundation initiatives, including the nationally recognized "Discover Jersey Arts" program. Prior to his tenure at ArtPride, Jim held positions at the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, WXPN-FM, Black Irish Productions and the Theatre of Living Arts.

As a fixture of the New Jersey and Philadelphia arts and music scenes, he has been deeply involved in a wide variety of local, regional and national projects throughout his career including the NJ Governor's Conference on Tourism, Thrive! Arts Conference 2012, New Jersey Poetry Out Loud, JerseyArts.com People's Choice Awards, National Arts & Humanities Month, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, WXPN's Singer-Songwriter Weekend, WXPN's New Music Showcase, Lollapalooza Tour, Philadelphia AIDS Walk and March of Dimes WalkAmerica. His work has been the recipient of numerous awards including the NJ Division of Travel and Tourism's Excellence in Tourism Award, Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America's Pepperpot Award, South Jersey Cultural Alliance's Encore Award, Silver Telly Award, New Jersey Ad Club's Certificate of Excellence, Corporation for Public Broadcasting's First Place Award for Promotions and Special Events and the Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association's Gold Jasper Award.

Jim holds a BA in Communications from Arcadia University and is a graduate of the Antonelli Institute of Art. He is a frequent presenter and guest lecturer on a variety of topics associated with broadening audiences for the arts in addition to currently serving on the boards of the Friends of the Westmont Theatre and Haddonfield Center and School for the Performing Arts. An avid film buff, Jim lives with his wife Heather and daughter Zoe in Haddon Township, NJ.


Emily Ambash | Web Content and Promotions Manager
email: eambash@artpridenj.com
phone: 609.479.3377 ext. 302

Emily AmbashAs an arts enthusiast with a long history of marketing and web development, Emily is proud to work on the Discover Jersey Arts program team at ArtPride. Emily graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a BA in Theater and English and has extensive experience in acting, creative writing, and interactive design. She serves as ArtPride's Web Content and Promotions Manager, a role that requires a dedication to promoting NJ arts events, a willingness to engage the public and the field through JerseyArts.com, and a creative aesthetic for keeping the site and associated collateral materials fresh.

Emily brings to the position a love for communication; an interest in edgy, educational, and nontraditional plays, films, and art installations; and a strong comfort level in graphic and web design protocols and programs. While interning at The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, Emily also developed a strong sense of audience development and brand implementation -- a skill set she has honed on ArtPride's team.

Emily enjoys interacting with individual Jersey Arts Members at Member Parties and with the organizational Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) community at professional development and advocacy events in addition to implementing social media and seasonal promotional campaigns. She also curates the Artist Gallery, updates the Member Center, and maintains an intimate relationship with the Adobe Creative Suite by putting together email campaigns, landing pages, and posters related to ArtPride's programs. A native of eastern Massachusetts, Emily now lives in Collingswood with her husband Chris, where she indulges in a love of moose, dogs, and the works of Samuel Beckett.

Shoshanna Wiesner | Membership Manager
email: swiesner@artpridenj.com
phone: 609.479.3377 ext. 301

Shoshanna WiesnerShoshanna enjoys connecting individuals to the arts and arts organizations to their audiences through her role as Membership Manager at ArtPride New Jersey. Whether it’s a “behind-the-scenes” member party or a marketing session for regional organizations, Shoshanna has the reward of seeing ArtPride’s benefits in action. If you get a chance to attend one of these events, come say hi and stay tuned for fun events in the future.

Shoshanna trained as a fine art photographer at New York’s Pratt Institute. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown to photograph for Philadelphia City Paper, which later inspired her to develop a wedding photography business with a fine art, documentary approach. Meanwhile, Shoshanna discovered another passion for nonprofit management through several opportunities including her role as Membership Manager at World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. In this position, she helped to create a more informed citizenry and connect individuals to influential figures through lectures featuring the likes of Madeleine Albright, Tom Friedman and former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf.

When she isn’t telling a story with her camera, Shoshanna gets to be an audience member too – of the arts and the great outdoors. Hiking, biking, running or canoeing, even volunteering on the local farm gets her out and in turn, inspired to photograph. When the sun sets it’s time to wander in the city, discovering new dining spots and places to hear music.

Christine Petrini | Membership Services Associate
email: cpetrini@artpridenj.com
phone: 609.479.3377 ext. 300

Christine PetriniChristine is delighted to contribute her time, passion and talents to creating, sustaining and promoting rewarding arts and cultural experiences across the state of New Jersey. As the Membership Assistant, Christine enjoys engaging the community in the arts and increasing awareness and accessibility. She is continually proud to serve the state’s nonprofit artist and cultural community.

Since childhood, Christine has identified as a performer and an art’s enthusiast. She has a versatile background in arts administration and the performing arts. Christine has experience as a development professional for nonprofit arts institutions, most notably, the Media Theatre. For the better part of a year, she performed as a vocalist at Tokyo Disney Resort in Japan. Christine owns the music entertainment company, Wasabi Talent. She is a lead singer in her band, Wasabi, and she sings with a female A Cappella group, The Cherry Blossoms. Additionally, as a theatre teaching artist at West Chester Studio for the Performing Arts, Christine shares her passion with the next generation of leaders, performers and enthusiasts.

Christine earned her B.A. from Temple University’s School of Communications and Theatre. For two years, she studied musical theatre at The Catholic University of America. Currently, she is a graduate student and acting scholar at Villanova University. She is studying Theatre and Nonprofit Administration.

Christine lives in Burlington Township, NJ. She enjoys singing, travel, all things Disney and sharing time with her boyfriend, Christian.

Koren Rife | Marketing and Communications Manager
email: krife@artpridenj.com
phone: 609.479.3377 ext. 303

Koren RifeYou know that tingling sensation you feel when the overture begins? Koren does. The hum of lights being turned on in a dark theater, beginning brushstrokes on an empty canvas, a beautiful jeté entrelacé--all things make her face flush.

And while her everyday life is not always filled with Constantine tapestries or Haydn's Symphony No. 96, as the Marketing and Communications Manager it is typically pervaded with media pitching, press release creation, media and user engagement and perhaps some Photoshop-ing. Not always as awe-inspiring (or dangerous) as the "Miracle," but art in its own right.

Since graduating from Susquehanna University with degrees in Public Relations and Creative Writing, Koren has been traipsing around in the world of public relations, communications and marketing. She has nonprofit, corporate and agency experience coordinating national accounts. Beyond her writing and copy editing proficiencies, Koren has also tried her hand at brand management, messaging construction, marketing communications and collateral creation and making special events truly special.

Koren is thrilled to be a part of the ArtPride New Jersey family, and if there’s anything she loves more than her family and five – yes, five – pets, it’s the arts. Beyond being an (obvious) animal-lover, she is also a terrible liar, theatre geek and communications pro – but not necessarily in that order. A constant performer on and off the stage, Koren and her husband Jeff are perpetually involved with Burlington City-based Bridge Players Theatre Company.