Menendez Meets with ArtPride NJ, Pledges Support for National Endowment for the Arts

Menendez Meets with ArtPride NJ, Pledges Support for National Endowment for the Arts

Senator heard from NJans in different art-related fields about struggles they face, need for government support, funding for the arts

WASHINGTON, D.C .– On National Arts Advocacy Day, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) met today with members of ArtPride New Jersey -- representing a full range of arts organizations from across the State – to underscore the importance of the arts to our quality of life and economic vitality, and to discuss the impact of President Trump’s budget plan to defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

 “The arts don’t just create entertainment and joy that enrich our lives, but they highlight our shared humanity, spark innovation and inspire us all to pursue our dreams and make what seems impossible possible,” said Sen. Menendez. “Investing in the arts produces an economic impact that goes far beyond the delight of visiting museums with our families or attending a moving performance. Americans work in film, the stage, and recording industries, makeup and design.  Billions of dollars flow into our economy from the creative genius of our artists, and now is not the time to zero out this funding.”

Sen. Menendez wrote to President Trump supporting the NEA and NEH before the President’s budget outline was released, and pledged to join many of his colleagues in supporting continued funding for the NEA through the appropriations process in the Senate.


Senator Menendez met with ArtPride NJ members who represent a number of arts organizations including:   Alvin Alley Dance Foundation,  Nai-Ni Chen Dance, Montclair State University, Rider University, Grounds for Sculpture,  Two River Theatre, Crossroads Theatre Company,  Paterson Music Project, NJ Theatre Alliance, Peters Valley, Matheny Arts Access Program, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Writers Theatre of NJ,, Lighthouse Film Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, George Street Playhouse, Young Audiences NJ Eastern PA, National Music Council, Rutgers STEAM, Paper Mill Playhouse, Rutgers Camden Center for the Arts, McCarter Theatre, 10 Hairy Legs, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Visual Arts Center of NJ,  and Little Kids Rock.