Creating Change Network
The Creating Change Network is a program hosted by New Jersey Theatre Alliance and ArtPride New Jersey that aims to build a more equitable, just, and anti-racist arts community in New Jersey. Guided by a steering committee of arts professionals and social justice leaders, the Creating Change Network offers ongoing opportunities for learning and collaboration to move the arts sector forward.
The activities of the Creating Change Network are supported by the Grunin Foundation.
The Three Priority initiatives of the Creating Change Network for 2021-2022 are:
- Monthly Roundtables featuring guest speakers and peer-to-peer learning. Learn more and register here.
- Coordinating and supporting the New Jersey Arts Community’s participation in the 2022 National Day of Racial Healing. See full listing here.
- Hosting an in-person summit, Creating Change 2022: Accountability and Action for the New Jersey Arts Community. Learn more here.
The Creating Network was launched in April 2021 with the virtual conference “Creating Change: Moving Towards Equity, Justice, and Anti-Racism in the New Jersey Arts Community,” which was attended by over 550 arts leaders in the state.
Steering Committee Chair:
Donna Walker-Kuhne, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Dr. Marcia Brown, Rutgers University
Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, New Jersey City University
Deonté Griffin-Quick, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Vince Hall, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
Chase Jackson, Ocean City Arts Center
Marshall Jones, III, Rutgers University
Lauren Mancuso, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
John McEwen, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Erica Nagel, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Rev. Dr. John Norwood, Ujima Church
Trinity Norwood, Arts Educator
Adam Perle, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation
Deborah Smith Gregory, Newark NAACP
Alysia Souder, The Institute of Music for Children
Sheldon Steele, Arts Educator
Sharon Stroye, Rutgers University
Gabriel van Aalst, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra