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Podcast: The Arts as an Economic Driver

How are the arts impacting communities across the Garden State?

While we're on winter hiatus we'll be publishing podcasts of some of the most compelling and challenging sessions from our October NJ Spotlight On Cities conference, as well as a podcast diary of a colleague who is struggling with breast cancer.

How are the arts driving economies in New Jersey? At NJ Spotlight On Cities this past October, we gathered the leaders of some of the largest arts organizations in the state to talk about this very question.

The panel was moderated by John Schreiber, president and CEO of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, a cultural institution that some believe helped spark the revitalization the Brick City is seeing today. Joining Schreiber was Tom Carto, president of the State Theatre in New Brunswick, a city with a successful revitalization story of its own; Chris Daggett, president and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the biggest foundation funder of the arts in New Jersey; Nick Paleologos, executive director of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, which administers and distributes some $16 million a year to New Jersey arts organizations; and Adam Perle, president and CEO of ArtPride NJ, which advocates for funding and recognition of the arts.

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‘The Arts as an Economic Driver’ was one of a dozen panels at this year’s inaugural NJ Spotlight On Cities. Now we’re gearing up for our second year, to be held in the fall. What are the big issues facing cities that we should be focusing on? Do you know of an organization that’s doing wonderful things in a New Jersey city? Or an idea that’s taken root in another American city that New Jersey might try? Or a speaker that we absolutely should know about? Tell us about it by emailing us at oncities@njspotlight.com.

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