The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen initiative joins thousands of arts organizations, programs and communities nationwide to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month. On October 23, 2020 ArtsBergen opens the second round of “The Daily Arts Dose” social media campaign for artists in northern New Jersey. Artists in any discipline may participate. During the two-week campaign, ArtsBergen will share one artist’s work per day, as the ‘daily arts dose’.
“The arts uplift and inspire hope and joy. During this time of social distancing, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation wants to engage local artists to help alleviate some of the disconnection and isolation people may be experiencing by injecting a ‘healthy dose’ of creativity into their lives. This is an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to promote and share a sample of their work to the broader community on social media,” said Danielle De Laurentis, Associate Director, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.
Apply to “The Daily Arts Dose”
Each selected artist’s work will be posted on the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation’s ArtsBergen Connects + Creates Facebook group page. In addition, their work will appear on the NNJCF/ArtsBergen Instagram page for three days. The artist, whose post receives the highest number of likes combined from both platforms during that time, will be awarded $250.00.
An artist’s work should use the theme “2020 Holistay/Staycation: Taking a Trip through Art”. Through their art, artists will take the viewer away on a holistay/staycation to another place or novel environment. NNJCF’s ArtsBergen is accepting applications from artists, who live or work in Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson or Union Counties. In addition, they must also be at least 18 years of age to apply. Fourteen artists will be selected based on creativity, artistic excellence, and relevance to the campaign’s theme.
The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Applicants may register online, complete a brief online application and upload their submission.
National Arts and Humanities Month Celebrates the Arts
During National Arts & Humanities Month, the NNJCF’s ArtsBergen initiative brought the message of the important contributions of the arts to communities in northern New Jersey. Members of the community and artists in all fields may participate. This event became the country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities.
This month, the NNJCF kicked off the celebration announcing the arts organizations and nonprofit agencies providing arts programs and services. They received grants totaling $47,000 in the Foundation’s second round of COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards. These nonprofit organizations provide services and programs in several counties. These counties include Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Union Counties, as well as multiple counties in New Jersey.
During October, graphic designer and visual artist Poramit Thantapalit is creating a poster design. The design illustrates the city of Hackensack’s resurgence and renaissance. This launches the ‘Hackensack on the Rise’ poster project. The project plans to paper the posters in a section of the downtown area and in the Main Street businesses. During the pandemic, they offer a visually colorful and impactful display communicating hope to the businesses and patrons. Furthermore, they present Hackensack’s rise as a vibrant destination. This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs (BCDHCA) from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Arts: The Lifeblood of Communities
“The arts are the lifeblood of our communities, raising morale, creating community cohesion, and providing comfort during dark times, while also delivering a huge economic footprint. The sector continues to suffer devastating losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it is vital that we support our creative workers and fight for the sector in the months and years to come,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities Month. “National Arts and Humanities Month gives us a chance to celebrate the values that the arts impart in our lives, and it is more important than ever that everyone take part to recognize the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities in our communities.”
Americans for the Arts coordinates national Arts and Humanities Month. This month-long celebration grew out of National Arts Week. This celebration started in 1985 by the National Endowment for the Arts and Americans for the Arts. More information about National Arts and Humanities Month is available online.