ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- At this year’s New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference, TAPintoTV spoke with Megan LoBue, Development Manager for ArtPride New Jersey, about the organization’s resources and latest arts initiatives. 

ArtPride NJ supports New Jersey’s creative community and is widely viewed as the go-to source for research, innovative programs and services, and high-impact advocacy work. 

LoBue said one of the reasons her organization came to the conference was to promote their Arts Matters initiative, a partnership with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, which researches the economic impact of investment in the arts. On the website ArtMattersNJ.org, you can find information about how investing in the arts yields positive results in the community and data can be viewed at the county level. “It pays off in community development, in jobs, in educational initiatives,” said LoBue. 

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Research shows that nonprofit arts programs generate more than a half billion dollars to our state’s economy, employ nearly 19,000 of our citizens, provide skills that prepare students to become 21st century leaders, and offers ongoing learning opportunities for adults. “We are very lucky in New Jersey to have a government that recognizes the value and importance of the arts,” LoBue added. “They don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk as well.”

LoBue also discussed ArtPride NJ’s Discover Jersey Arts program, also co-sponsored with the NJ State Council on the Arts, dedicated to increasing awareness and participation in the arts across New Jersey. 

“I would encourage you to go online to JerseyArts.com,” LoBue said. “We have a central clearinghouse of everything arts-related going on in our state, and you can find some art you heart.”