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(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- In a letter to sent to their mailing list on April 3, 2020, Meredith Burns, Executive Director of Art House Productions, gave the sad news that Javiera Rodriguez, a beloved friend of Art House, passed away on April 1st from complications due to COVID-19. The following is her letter reprinted with permission.... READ ON

(LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) --For more than two decades, New Jersey fine artist Kelly Sullivan has used her talents to build and anchor communities through creative collaborative artworks. These large-scale works, called FingerSmears(R), have been created at events all over the country by more than 100,000 participants, including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and other household names. She recently enlisted the talents of software entrepreneur Doug Moreland to create a digital version of FingerSmears called Paint.Team. Instead of gathering in front of a large canvas, participants can “paint” together from remote locations.... READ ON

(NEWARK, NJ) -- On April 2, 2020, Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka  launched the Creative Catalyst Fund to provide artists and art groups with flexible grant support during the Coronavirus crisis and beyond. This program is the fourth of his six initiatives announced to help adversely affected Newark residents and small businesses.... READ ON

(HACKENSACK, NJ) -- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF) has established the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide immediate resources to vetted small nonprofit organizations with limited budgets serving vulnerable populations in Bergen County.  With social distancing causing increased isolation and loneliness among community members, the Fund will also support grassroots nonprofit arts organizations and those providing arts programs and services in Bergen County to build community engagement.  Nonprofit arts organizations providing services to vulnerable populations such as artists experiencing loss of income, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, will also be considered for support.... READ ON

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) has announced that the organization will launch a new brand that includes a new name, logo and website as of March 27 at 5:00pm.  The new website will be launched on April 1.... READ ON

(RED BANK, NJ) -- The Count Basie Center for the Arts kicked off a three-week tournament called Arts Madness on March 23. They are soliciting one-minute videos from musicians, local bands, dancers, actors, comedians, musical theatre performers and all others aged 10 and up. 32 of the best videos will be entered into the tournament, with the first selections in the “round of 32” debuting on the Basie’s social media channels the week of March 23.... READ ON

The coronavirus has already had a devastating economic impact on America’s nonprofit arts sector—financial losses to date are estimated to be $3.2 billion. Since the first U.S. case was reported on January 20, cancellations and closings have been reported in thousands of communities spanning all 50 states.... READ ON

(THURMONT, MD) -- As more schools are closing for weeks at a time and millions observe social distancing, plans for how to occupy all that time at home might be sketchy. That’s exactly the niche Barnstone Studios Director Catherine ‘Cat’ Barnstone Szafran wants to help fill.... READ ON

(BURLINGTON, NJ) --  The ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, has announced the winners of the 2020 People’s Choice Awards. Now in its 12th year, the annual contest celebrates the extraordinary work of New Jersey’s vital and thriving arts community. Nearly 11,000 arts lovers from throughout the region cast their ballots this year. From 118 nominees, 21 groups were honored at ArtPride’s headquarters on March 11.... READ ON

(MATAWAN, NJ) -- Victim Shame, Body Blame, a solo exhibition featuring the work of Christy E. O'Connor, will be on display at Chashama's Space to Present (60 Main Street, Matawan) from April 4 through May 3rd. The exhibit is an analysis of American rape culture, toxic masculinity and the ever lasting effects our patriarchal society has had on both men and women, as we continue to blame and shame the victims of sexual violence, while perpetrators are rendered free from culpability.... READ ON

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