Future of Arts in New Jersey: Role, Funding, and Impact in the COVID-19 Age

NJ Spotlight News | June 23, 2020 | Roundtables
Cultural leaders come to grips with the effects of the pandemic on arts programming

With the COVID-19 pandemic transforming all areas of public life, its impact on arts and culture in New Jersey has been enormous. Questions concerning the evolving role of the arts — and, importantly, its funding — require innovative thinking from our cultural leaders to ensure the arts can adapt and flourish in these unprecedented times:

  • What new roles can the arts take in fostering community and in helping us understand our changed times?
  • What must arts fundraisers do to ensure the viability of their organizations?
  • What role should public policy take in shaping the future of artistic and cultural programs?

On Wednesday, June 17, NJ Spotlight and NJTV News hosted a virtual roundtable with cultural leaders to explore how arts organizations can adjust to our new reality and build paths forward.



Victor L. Davson, Co-Director, Express Newark; Founding Director, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark

Tom Hall, Executive Director, Montclair Film Festival

Linda C. Harrison, Director & CEO, The Newark Museum of Art

John Schreiber, President & CEO, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Allison Tratner, Executive Director, New Jersey State Council on the Arts



Joanna Gagis, NJTV News Producer/Correspondent