Voting Underway For People’s Choice Awards

screenshotBURLINGTON — Discover Jersey Arts—a cosponsored project of the ArtPride New Jersey Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey— has announced that voting in the Sixth Annual People’s Choice Awards is now underway.

A record-breaking number of nominations have come in and the ballots are now prepped for arts lovers statewide to vote for their favorite nonprofit N.J. arts organizations in 14 categories. From favorite performing arts center to favorite dance company, favorite art gallery to favorite arts district, it’s the public’s turn to decide who’s who among the Garden State’s cultural community.

The People’s Choice Awards take place annually to honor the work of N.J.’s vital, vibrant and diverse arts organizations. Eight arts districts and 71 organizations were nominated this year—the largest amount of nominees the Awards has received since its creation in 2008—with 14 first-time nominees.

“The response from our network of cultural organizations has been amazing,” said Jim Atkinson, ArtPride New Jersey Foundation’s Director of Programs and Services. “The overwhelming number of nominees really speaks to the strong arts community we have here in N.J. and the desire these groups have to see one other thrive.”

Organizations were nominated by their peers through the Jersey Arts Marketers network, which is made up of hundreds of nonprofit arts groups across the state.

“Our nominees should be very proud of the work they’re doing to establish N.J. as a destination for arts and culture,” continued Atkinson.

Public voting runs through Jan. 22, 2014. Winners will be announced in early February and honored at the New Jersey Conference on Tourism this March at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City.

For a full list of nominees and categories,  visit

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