Left: Artist Adriane Colburn explores the theme of climate change through art
Right: Rose Marie McCoy and Charlie Singleton 1954, Courtesy Michael Ochs Archives
Dear Friend,

The new season of State of the Arts premiered this past weekend—the beginning of our 40th season! 

Our first episode features four short films: a profile of Rose Marie McCoy, who wrote songs for Elvis and Aretha; a look at art focused on climate change on the Jersey shore; a video trip to a forest full of wondrous creatures; and a visit to an exhibition where Armenian artists honor their culture, which was nearly destroyed by the 1915 genocide.

If you missed it, NJ PBS will be airing it again Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday at 11:30 pm. If on-demand viewing is your style, State of the Arts is on PBS.org (search State of the Arts), where you can see full shows or individual short films. We also have a YouTube channel—subscribe for alerts when new content is posted! Or visit our website to watch and find out more about the artists and issues we cover.
Left: Angela Davis speaks in DeFremery Park at the Free Huey rally Image: Stephen Shames, 1969
Right: Ethan Stiefel with American Repertory Ballet dancers
State of the Arts has been co-produced by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Stockton University since 2011. We’ve won more than 30 New York and Mid-Atlantic Emmys (our most recent this year), and produced countless stories about musicians, painters, actors, public art, writers, plays, composers, and so much more. We’re excited to be out in the field again full-time, bringing you on location with the most creative people in New Jersey!

Stories to watch for this season include a visit with arts leader and artist Kimberly Camp, a look at iconic images of the social activist Angela Davis at Zimmerli Art Museum, a profile of new ARB artistic director and former ABT star Ethan Stiefel, an interactive after-hours experience at Grounds for Sculpture, a studio visit with world-renowned oud player Ara Dinkjian, and the making of a new play, OK Trenton, at Passage Theatre. 

As always, please send your comments and story suggestions our way at stateoftheartsnj@gmail.com! And thanks for watching.

Series Producers, State of the Arts 
Susan Wallner & Eric Schultz
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....going on location with New Jersey's most creative people!
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, encouraging excellence and public engagement in the arts since 1966, is proud to co-produce State of the Arts with Stockton University, New Jersey's distinctive public university, in cooperation with PCK Media.

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