“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in more than $30 million of lost revenue for arts venues in New Jersey. In response, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, an arts services organization, has partnered with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for ‘Keep Jersey Arts Alive’, a digital campaign to support keeping the state’s arts institutions open. The campaign’s website provides state- and county-wide arts impact data, including $662 million in economic impact. According to the site, the state’s nonprofits arts sector brings 8.3 million people to its downtowns and has fueled 21,984 jobs. It also provides 1.1 million students essential arts skills statewide. “Arts workers and organizations are valued members of the New Jersey family, and their recovery from the impact of COVID-19 is essential to our shared future in the Garden State,” New Jersey Secretary of State Tahesha Way said. “New Jersey’s arts sector and artists enrich our lives and communities, and I’m thrilled that the Keep Jersey Arts Alive initiative will celebrate our arts industry.”
A Keep Jersey Arts Alive campaign is making great strides in assisting the arts in the Garden State. Read on and see how you can help assist this important part of the fabric in our communities.