-- Associations - Arts & Humanities
Composers Guild of New Jersey
Organization of primarily, but not exclusively, NJ composers, as well as other individuals interested in contemporary music.Seeks to increase public awareness of significance of NJ in history of music through educational outreach, concerts, symposia, and through the production, promotion and distribution of recordings. Helps organize concerts of new music throughout NJ and tours in other states and foreign nations. Maintains composer database; endowment for commissions; educational outreach through in-school workshops in NJ communities.
Music Educators Association of New Jersey
Organization of private piano teachers founded 1927. Seeks to raise standards of private music teaching throughout NJ, encourage musical excellence. Provides continuing education opportunities for member teachers through monthly lectures, workshops, recitals and master classes. Offers student auditions, competitions, recitals, scholarships and master classes given by artist teachers.
Art Educators of New Jersey
Founded 1939 by art educators interested in promotion of visual arts education. Currently over 1,000 members, including public and private art teachers on every level, art supervisors, students, museum educators, and others involved in art education. Sponsors annual conference, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitors, additional week- long teachers’ summer institute.
New Jersey Art Therapy Association
Suzanne Deisher, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT
Organization founded 1997 of professional therapists and students, official affiliate of American Art Therapy Association. Members approximately 150 professional art therapists and art therapy students. Encourages wider understanding of value of art therapy in education, healthcare and therapeutic settings. Based at Caldwell University, which offers NJ's first and only graduate program in Art Therapy, including Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization.
VSA New Jersey-The State Organization on Arts and Disability
Founded 1978, promotes creative power of people with disabilities. Sponsors curriculum-based projects at host schools involving visual arts, theatre, creative writing, dance, and music for skills development and reinforcement of academic content knowledge. Part of international VSA network, an affiliate of John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
New Jersey Historical Society
Acting Executive Director
Founded 1845, oldest cultural institution in state. Maintains library and museum with manuscripts, books, photographs, artifacts. Sponsors awards program for research, publications on NJ history.
League of Historical Societies of New Jersey
Founded 1966, composed of over 220 organizations representing over 45,000 individual members. Most organizations local historical societies, but also includes statewide societies and related institutions, county agencies, museums, libraries and archival groups, historic preservation agencies, and other organizations interested in NJ history. Members share information and ideas about activities and work of other groups, conduct cooperative activities to advance preservation and knowledge.
Preservation New Jersey
Scot Pannepacker, CPS/ABV
Founded 1978, advocates for and promotes historic preservation, only statewide private membership-supported historic preservation organization in NJ. Publishes annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in NJ list; IRS qualified organization for accepting historic preservation easements; publishes uarterly newsletter and online magazine, Preservation Perspectiveand other educational materials and publications; advocates for local, state and federal policies supporting historic preservation; conducts tours, workshops, lectures and conferences about historic sites and preservation and sustainability issues;
New Jersey Library Association
Established 1890, oldest and largest library organization in NJ, 1,700 members include state, academic, regional, county, local and special libraries and librarians. Advocates for support of library services; provides continuing education and networking opportunities for librarians; sponsors annual conference and trade show; maintains job hotline.
South Jersey Cultural Alliance
Founded 1992, now over 120 non-profit arts, history and cultural organizations including museums, theaters, historic preservation societies. Provides forum to exchange ideas, offer mutual support, and advocate for South Jersey’s arts, culture and history community to legislators, funders and policymakers.
Archaeological Society of New Jersey
Founded 1931 to promote and encourage study of historic and prehistoric archaeology. Supports preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts, to assist and encourage investigation and interpretation by approved professional methods; to promote establishment of local archaeological organizations; and to record and publish archaeological information. Holds four regular meetings each year; promotes contacts among professional archaeologists working in state; encourages participation by Society members in field and laboratory activities. Publishes scientific articles by professionals and amateurs, and newsletter with current activities of archaeological interest. Headquarters at NJ State Museum in Trenton, maintains reference library of several hundred books and journals for members.