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The Creating Change Network is a program of New Jersey Theatre Alliance in Partnership with ArtPride New Jersey, with a mission to build a more equitable, just, accessible, 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 Creating Change Network is committed to the long-term endeavor of shifting culture, empowering leaders, sharing strategies, ensuring accountability, and sustaining hope so that individuals and organizations can progress in this work. 

The Creating Change 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.

Priority Initiatives

The Creating Change Network offered the following Initiatives for FY23:

A detail from a mural featuring protesters carrying signs and wearing shirts that say

Creating Change Symposium

The Next Creating Change Summit will take place in the fall of 2024. The date and location will be announced in the spring of 2024. 

Creating Change 2023: Collective Liberation for the New Jersey Arts Community was an in-person gathering of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Community focused on learning, inspiration, and action.

2023 Symposium sessions and speaker bios 

*“This Guiding Light” is shared with the permission of photographer @dolo_foto, poet @poetjasminemans, and artist @layqanunayawar. This mural was made as part of the #MuralsforJustice initiative in Newark, NJ as a testament to the collective power of Newark artists and that of 2020’s global protests.⁠ See the full mural here:


This initiative is made possible by the Grunin Foundation.

Steering Committee

Creating Change Steering Committee Chair:

Donna Walker-Kuhne, NJ Performing Arts Center

Steering Committee: 

Rachel Aponte, Visual Arts Center of NJ

Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams, New Jersey City University 

Donia Salem Harhoor, The Outlet Dance Project

Vince Hall, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation 

Deonté Griffin-Quick, Artist Communities Alliance

Chase Jackson, Ocean City Arts Center

Sharnita Johnson, Victoria Foundation

Marshall Jones, III, Rutgers University 

Eyesha Marable, New Jersey Performing Arts Center

John McEwen, New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Erica Nagel, New Jersey Theatre Alliance 

Adam Perle, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation 

Michael Roberson Reid, Young Audiences of NJ and Eastern PA

Alysia Souder, The Institute of Music for Children

Sheldon Steele, Newark Symphony Hall

Daria M. Sullivan, New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Talia Young, Newark Symphony Hall