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The Creating Change Network is a collaboration between New Jersey Theatre Alliance and ArtPride New Jersey, the state’s two largest arts service organizations, 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 has identified the following Initiatives for FY23:

National Day of Racial Healing

The Creating Change Network will coordinate and support the New Jersey Arts Community’s participation in this National Event, taking place in January 2023. More information to come.

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

Creating Change Symposium

An in-person gathering of the New Jersey Arts and Culture Community in Spring 2023 focused on learning, inspiration, and action. Date to be announced.

*“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:

Trustee Cohort Series

A series of three virtual trainings specifically for trustees of arts and culture organizations about how they can be part of the movement toward greater equity and access. Details coming soon.

Steering Committee

Creating Change Steering Committee Chair:

Donna Walker-Kuhne, NJPAC

Steering Committee: 

Rachel Aponte, Center for Contemporary Arts

Sofiya Cheyenne, Disability Justice Advocate

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

Sharnita Johnson, Victoria Foundation

Marshall Jones, III, Rutgers University 

John McEwen, New Jersey Theatre Alliance

Erica Nagel, New Jersey Theatre Alliance 

Trinity Norwood, Arts Educator

Adam Perle, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation 

Alysia Souder, The Institute of Music for Children

Sheldon Steele, Arts Educator 

Sharon Stroye, Rutgers University