About Us

Who We Are

Discover Jersey Arts (DJA) is a cosponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation working in partnership with other cultural service organizations statewide including the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance,and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. The project’s mission is to increase the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey.

JerseyArts.com supports that mission by providing a central clearinghouse of information on New Jersey’s cultural scene. Whether browsing the site’s comprehensive event calendar, searching its directory of cultural organizations, discovering works by local artists in its virtual gallery, or simply catching up on what’s new this season, JerseyArts.com is your “one stop shopping” to arts and culture in the Garden State.

Since its launch in the summer of 2000 following more than two years of research and development into assessing the needs of its constituents, DJA has developed a wide variety of programs and initiatives to support our state’s cultural community while providing valuable resources to the public.

Membership

You're more than just a casual theater or concert-goer.You believe in the arts and the key role they play in our communities, in the education of our children and in our overall quality of life. In short . . . you're a "Culture Vulture." Jersey Arts Membership entitles you to discounts, special offers, up-to-the-minute info, and behind-the-scenes access to the arts you love. And since we know that one size doesn't necessarily fit all, we offer three levels of membership. Find the one that's right for you!

If you are an organzation and you want to get involved in Jersey Arts, click here for information on our Jersey Arts Marketers network, and here to join JAM today. For more information about organizational membership, please contact Shoshanna Wiesner, Membership Manager at ArtPride.

Leadership

The Discover Jersey Arts program is overseen by an advisory committee comprised of arts and community leaders dedicated to helping advance the mission of the program. In addition to its advisory committee, DJA works directly in close collaboration with the state’s nonprofit cultural community through the Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) network. JAM is structured regionally – north, central and south – to ensure the program has impact statewide. Each regional JAM group meets quarterly and is chaired by a representative from an organization within its region. Participation in JAM is free and open to representatives from any nonprofit, New Jersey-based cultural institution. Click Here for more information and to join JAM today.

Executive Group

Lawrence Carlbon | Committee Chair - Board Member, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Adam Perle | President & CEO, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
Nicholas Paleologos | Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts

 

Advisory Committee Members

Debbie Falk | Director of Communications, NJTV
Mary Eileen Fouratt | Executive Director, Monmouth County Arts Council
Grace Hanlon | Executive Director, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism
John McEwen | Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
John Schreiber | President and CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Allison Tratner | Director of Communications, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Sharon Burton Turner | Board Member, New Jersey State Council on the Arts


Jersey Arts Marketers Chairs

JAM North – Dee Billia | Director of External Relations, SOPAC
JAM Central – Courtney Perez | Director of Marketing, Two River Theater Center
JAM South – Pamela Brant | President, Symphony in C


Staff

The programs and initiatives of the Discover Jersey Arts project are developed and implemented by its program staff, working out of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation offices located in the Lyceum Hall Center for the Arts in historic Burlington, NJ.

Awards

Over the years DJA has been honored to receive local, regional and national recognition as a leader in the field of arts marketing including the following awards:

  • Excellence in Tourism Award (2005) | presented by the New Jersey Division of Travel & Tourism
  • Pepperpot Award (2003) | presented by the Phila. Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America
  • Silver Telly Award (2001) | presented by The Telly Awards
  • Award of Excellence (2001) | presented by the Videographer Awards
  • Certificate of Excellence (2000) | presented by the New Jersey Ad Club
  • Gold Jasper Award (2000) | presented by the Jersey Shore Public Relations & Advertising Association
  • Finalist in Design, Print and Outdoor Advertising Award (2000) | presented by the New York Festivals