New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color
New Jersey Arts and Culture Administrators of Color (NJACAC) is a network of professional arts administrators of color dedicated to advancing efforts related to equity, diversity, and inclusion within New Jersey’s arts community. This initiative is a partnership between New Jersey Theatre Alliance (NJTA), the state’s service organization for professional producing theatre companies, ArtPride New Jersey, the state’s largest arts service and advocacy organization, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
New Jersey Theatre Alliance is spearheading this project to provide self-identified people of color working in the state’s arts organizations a safe space to connect, and a platform to share their expertise, experiences, and creativity. NJACAC’s objective is to connect, empower, and cultivate professional arts and cultural leaders throughout the Garden State. The program aims to build a community that affords members the opportunity to develop personal and professional connections, share resources, and foster emerging leaders.
To date, there are currently 100 members in the NJACAC network from diverse backgrounds, organizations, communities, and management levels. Several members of the network have been invited and accepted the call to serve as this network’s advisory committee. Michael “Miko” Castillo (Montclair State University), Andrea Cuevas-Ugrinovic (McCarter Theatre Center) Chase Jackson (Bayshore Center at Bivalve), Kayla Kim Votapek (Rutgers University), Dontae Muse (Above Art Studios), Taneshia Nash Laird (Newark Symphony Hall), and Anita Thomas (Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company) make up the dynamic committee bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and talent to the table. Porché Hardy (NJSCA), Vincent Hall (ArtPride New Jersey), and Deonté Griffin-Quick (NJTA) join the group to represent the three partner organizations of this program.
Quarterly gatherings are in development for network members. Future gatherings may include social outings, panels on the importance of producing art in urban communities, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities focused on fundraising.
To learn more, please contact Deonté Griffin-Quick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
***The Advisory Committee for the Network has gathered a list of resources that may be helpful for individual artists and arts administrators during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the resources page on the Alliance's website, this google doc of resources specifically for individuals, freelancers, and arts educators will be regularly updated. We will get through this together. ***
The New Jersey arts and culture administrators of color stand with the Asian and Asian American community in New Jersey and globally. Together with our founding partners, New Jersey Theatre Alliance, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, we denounce the racism, unwarranted attacks, and bigotry against our Asian and Asian American communities. For the safety of our citizens, we call for our nation’s leaders to identify the novel Coronavirus as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). We call for unity in this nation and worldwide.
If you would like to be involved or follow campaigns created to heighten awareness, please use these hashtags:
#HateIsAVirus #UnmaskHate #WashTheHate #RacismIsAVirus