NJ Mayors Committee on Arts & Culture

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The New Jersey Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture is a statewide initiative to increase communication and share information with municipal leaders about the many ways arts and culture improve community life.

ArtPride New Jersey, in collaboration with the NJ State Council on the Arts, has participated in the NJ League of Municipalities Conference since 2005 and hosted panel discussions on topics ranging from arts education to building partnerships that help achieve social justice, civic identity, public health and safety, and economic revitalization using cultural resources.

The NJ Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture extends that collaborative relationship to share information and best practices through this new network.


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A resource bank of public arts-related ordinances that municipalities can use as a language template. 

Ordinance Bank



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Benefits of the Committee

  • Information on federal and state funding
  • Arts ordinance library (i.e., forming arts commissions, public art, parklets)
  • Economic impact of arts data
  • Best Practices

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Sign up to receive the News You Can Use e-newsletter each month to learn of other benefits of the NJ Mayors Committee on Arts and Culture (e.g., funding resources, arts ordinance library, and virtual convenings).

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Mary Jane Canose - Bernardsville, Paul Muir - Bethlehem Township, Thaddeus Kobylarz - Chatham, Thomas Andes - Denville, Carolyn Blackman - Dover, J. Christian Bollwage - Elizabeth, Colleen Mahr - Fanwood, Betsy Driver - Flemington, Kristine Morieko - Glen Rock, Michele Lee - High Bridge, Susan Bluth - Hightstown, Ravinder Bhalla - Hoboken, Timothy McDonough - Hope, Rose Araneo - Keyport, Devra Keenan - Montgomery Township, Andrew Wardell - Neptune City, Daniel Pronti - North Arlington, Erland Chau - Northfield, Robert Bowen - Plumstead, Mark Freda - Princeton, Robert Uhrik - Rocky Hill, Nick Kappatos - Runnemede, Josh Losardo - Scotch Plains, Jennifer Naughton - Spring Lake, Jessica Doheny - Wenonah, Carol Sabo - West Cape May, Don Cabrera - Wildwood Crest

Advisory Committee

Amy Quinn - Mayor - Asbury Park, Matthew Moench - Mayor – Bridgewater, Barry Conaway - Mayor – Burlington, Cassandra Duffey - Borough Administrator – Collingswood, M. James Maley, Jr. - Mayor – Collingswood, Betsy Driver - Mayor – Flemington, Christine Goodman - Director - Jersey City, Steven Fulop - Mayor - Jersey City, Anita Voogt - Associate VP Strategic Partnerships - Long Branch, John Pallone - Mayor - Long Branch, Dean Dafis - Mayor – Maplewood, Fayemi Shakur - Arts and Cultural Affairs Director at City of Newark – Newark, Lauren Goldfarb - Chairperson - Point Pleasant Beach, Paul Kanitra - Mayor - Point Pleasant Beach, Rick Kavin - Liaison for the City of Trenton - Trenton, Reed Gusciora - Mayor – Trenton, Peg Sickel - Mayor - Woodbury