NJ 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, Newark Symphony Hall, and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. New Jersey Theatre Alliance spearheads 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 180 members in the NJACAC network from diverse backgrounds, organizations, communities, and management levels.
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.
NJACAC Steering Committee:
Michael “Miko” Castillo, Montclair State University
Jessica Gaines, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Deonté Griffin-Quick, New Jersey Theatre Alliance
Vincent Hall, ArtPride New Jersey
Chase Jackson, Ocean County Arts Center
Taneshia Nash Laird, Newark Symphony Hall
Dontae Muse, Above Art Studios
Anita Thomas, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company
Kayla Kim Votapek, Rutgers University