Vainieri Huttle & DeAngelo Bill Establishing “Art in Storefronts” Initiative to Invigorate Main Street Businesses Clears Assembly
(TRENTON) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Wayne DeAngelo to establish the “Art in Storefronts” initiative to help struggling Main Street business districts has cleared the full Assembly by a vote of 70-2-1.
“You look at any town that has reinvented itself and is thriving, and there is a good chance that art played a role,” said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). “This initiative would promote local art while providing Main Street municipalities looking to reinvigorate their downtowns with an economic development tool that has proven effective in transforming depressed communities.”
“Art has contributed to the revitalization of many communities that were once economically depressed,” said DeAngelo (D-Mercer/Middlesex). “This can help give Main Street business districts a much needed boost while promoting local art initiatives and artists.”
The bill (A-3373) would require the Commissioner of Community Affairs to establish the “Art in Storefronts” initiative within the “Main Street New Jersey” program.
The bill would encourage the commissioner, in developing the “Art in Storefronts” initiative, to consult and coordinate efforts with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, colleges and universities, economic development nonprofit organizations, and private investors.
The commissioner would provide Main Street municipalities interested in participating in the initiative with technical support and guidance, including but not limited to: recruitment of property owners and artists, liability issues, selection processes, and budgeting, and contracting.
The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. It would take effect immediately upon enactment.
Vainieri Huttle Bill Opposing President Trump's Proposal to Eliminate National Endowment for the Arts Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) opposing the Trump administration's proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts, and calling on the president, his administration, and Congress to instead increase support for the arts was released Monday by the Assembly Tourism, Gaming and the Arts committee.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. As part of its plans to cut government spending, the Trump administration is considering a proposal to completely eliminate the NEA, despite that at $146 million, the organization's annual budget, constitutes a very small fraction of the United States budget.
"The National Endowment for the Arts has been essential to the survival and continued existence of local artists and arts organizations in every state through grant funding," said Vainieri Huttle. "This proposal not only betrays the nation's long-standing efforts to foster artistic expression, which is vital to our spirit and democracy, it also threatens our local communities that currently benefit from the economic activity generated by the funded arts and entertainment programs."Read more
Singleton, Caputo, Vainieri Huttle, Moriarty, Jones & Mosquera Bill to Boost Funding for Tourism, the Arts & Historic Preservation Clears Assembly Panel
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton, Ralph Caputo, Valerie Vainieri Huttle, Paul Moriarty, Patricia Jones and Gabriela Mosquera to boost funding for tourism, the arts and historic preservation was released Thursday by an Assembly panel.
The bill (A-3555) would increase the minimum amount that the Director of the Division of Taxation must allocate from the state's hotel and motel occupancy fee revenues for cultural projects, historical heritage programs, and tourism advertisement and promotion.
"New Jersey has a wealth of historical and cultural attractions. This is not just a source of pride, but an economic opportunity that we must cultivate and capitalize on," said Singleton (D-Burlington). "By investing in our deep, rich history and promoting our cultural assets, we can help preserve it while boosting our economy and improving our overall economic outlook."
"If done right, cultural and historical tourism can benefit both local economies and the state's economy," said Caputo (D-Essex). "Promoting what we have to offer is simply good for business."
"Arts, culture and history have the potential to turn around communities," said Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen). "It is vital that we support the organizations charged with spearheading these efforts."
"A strong arts community means jobs and economic development," said Moriarty (D-Camden/Gloucester). "An investment in the arts is an investment in our economic future."
"New Jersey is rich in history," said Jones (D-Camden/Gloucester). "It is important that we promote it not just for the economic benefits, but to reshape uninformed views of our state."
"We have seen the impact that the arts and culture have had on communities that once struggled to thrive," said Mosquera (D-Camden/Gloucester). "This is an investment worth making."
(TRENTON) - Legislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen) to create a "We Support the Arts" license plate and designate a fund for the proceeds to support New Jersey art initiatives was advanced Monday by an Assembly panel.
"This is a great way for residents to celebrate and support the arts in New Jersey," said Vainieri Huttle. "Creating a revenue stream solely dedicated to funding art initiatives would help strengthen the arts community as well as downtown business districts and making art and cultural events more accessible to New Jersey families."
BY STEPHANIE NODA Northern Valley Suburbanite
Eleven arts organizations across Bergen County will continue to bring music, dance and theater to local communities after a $618,828 grant from the N.J. State Council on the Arts.
One Bergen County performing arts center, however, believes the region deserves a bigger piece of the more than $15.7 million of grants awarded by the council to organizations across the state.
The N.J. State Council on the Arts announced the recipients of the $15.7 million grant funding at the arts council’s 49th Annual Meeting at Trenton’s Wyndham Garden Hotel on July 21. Art organizations in Demarest, Englewood, Hackensack, Fort Lee, Tenafly, Ridgewood and Mahwah were among those awarded funding.
BergenPAC received a $132,699 grant for general operating support, which was the largest awarded in Bergen County.
While bergenPAC thanked the State Council on the Arts for its support, CEO Dominic Roncace said the performing arts center and Bergen County as a whole "warranted a more substantial grant."
Roncace said that Bergen County ranked "dead last" in the amount of funding received from NJSCA when compared to other counties.Read more
Caputo, Taliaferro, Jasey & Vainieri Huttle Bill to Create Special Designations, 'Artist Districts' Across New Jersey Clears Assembly Panel
Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Ralph Caputo, Adam Taliaferro, Mila Jasey and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to promote New Jersey arts by establishing an "Artist District" designation in certain municipalities cleared its first legislative panel on Monday.
"Identifying artist districts throughout the state celebrates the rich history of arts and culture in our communities," said Caputo (D-Essex)."This legislation supports the New Jersey arts, its continued growth and its cultural impact on New Jersey's municipalities."
The bill would require the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to establish an "Artist District" designation for municipalities, to establish criteria for the designation and to work with the Division of Travel and Tourism to promote any Artist District as a destination for artists and visitors.
"New Jersey has a thriving arts community that deserves a special designation," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem). "Municipalities are always looking for more ways to market, fund and recognize the work created in their communities. An 'Artist District' designation will open doors for municipalities to do all of these things."
A municipality which has been designated as an "Artist District" would have a unique opportunity to market its creative, diverse, entertaining and other notable services and venues.
By Stephanie Noda Northern Valley Suburbanite
PARAMUS - A newly formed regional arts council is hoping to spread the word on how integration of arts in redevelopment can make for successful downtowns.
Five local officials with ties to the arts discussed the importance of integrating arts and culture into town redevelopment during a "Revitalizing Local Economy & Enhancing Community through the Arts" event on March 4 at Bergen Community College in Paramus.
The talk was the first public event for ArtsBergen, a regional arts council organized by non-profit Northern New Jersey Community Foundation (NNJCF), said Michael Shannon, president of the NNJCF. Shannon said the group will eventually become its own individual entity.
One of the concepts that ArtsBergen wants to promote creative placemaking, or including the arts when planning town development. Shannon said the conversation need to focus on creating communities through the arts, a common human language that connects everyone.
"Creative placemaking is about raising the cultural bar and helping municipalities survive," said Shannon. "There's a marriage there that we're hoping to promote."
Jim Hickey, director of the MoCo (Monmouth County) Arts Corridor Partnership, in a similar vein to ArtsBergen, discussed how Monmouth County has used the economic power of the arts for the good of the community by creating jobs and improving infrastructure, neighborhoods and quality of life.Read more