This Week's Broadcasts

#StateoftheArtsNJ goes on location with New Jersey folk artists as diverse as the state itself. Traditions are preserved by decoy carvers, spirituals sung by oyster fishermen, current day blacksmiths and basketmakers, as well as students of India’s ancient Carnatic music.


Thurs, 3/28 @ 11:30 pm

Sat, 3/30 @ 7:30 pm

WNET Thirteen

Sun, 3/31 @ 11:30 am


Mon, 4/1 @ 10:30 am & 3:30 pm

Wed, 4/3 @ 10 am & 3 pm

Women's History Month

This month, we're highlighting women artists who play a pivotal role in their communities.

The New York Times referred to Dorthaan Kirk as Newark’s First Lady of Jazz. In 2020, she won the NEA Jazz Masters Award for Advocacy. Dorthaan was married to legendary jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, but when he died at the age of 42, she embarked on a long career promoting the music called jazz and the musicians who play it. NJPAC’s John Schreiber, WBGO FM founder Bob Ottenhoff, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and bassist Buster Williams are interviewed in this touching profile.


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Happening Now

Don’t miss your chance to see the work of two Muslim artists from the Trenton area in Reciting Women: Alia Bensliman & Khalilah Sabree at the Princeton University Art Museum’s Art@Bainbridge, up through Sun, March 31. 

Our related story: Reciting Women

Don't miss your chance to see Night Forms! This multi-sensory exhibition is on view at Grounds For Sculpture until Sun, April 7.

Our related story: Night Forms

Gallery Bergen presents Arrivals/Departures – East80West, curated by Bay Area artist/curator Cece Carpio and Gallery Bergen Director Tim Blunk. The group exhibition includes work by Layqa Nuna Yawar and is on view until April 12.

Our related story: Layqa

Century: 100 Years of Black Art at the Montclair Art Museum runs through July 7. The exhibition features work by 59 artists, including Willie Cole, Chakaia Booker, Joyce J. Scott, and Philemona Williamson.

Our related stories: Willie Cole, Chakaia Booker, Joyce J. Scott, Philemona Williamson

The Zimmerli Art Museum celebrates the centennial of renowned sculptor George Segal's birth with George Segal: Themes and Variations through July 31

Read more on our blog! 

Catch up on some of the best of State of the Arts

“Growing up in the inner-city of Trenton, my only escape from the negative images that plagued my community was through art.” – Will Kasso. Photo: Ira L. Black

Our 2017 storyKasso's Journey

This dip into our archives features the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outdoor production of Comedy of Errors under the night sky.

Our 2013 story: Shakespeare Under the Stars

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Pictured: Mark Morris Dance Group

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Producers Circle:


Pheasant Hill Foundation

Philip E. Lian & Joan L. Mueller

in memory of

Judith McCartin Scheide

Peter A. Benoliel & Willo Carey

Monica & Carlos Camin

Melanie & John Clarke

Elizabeth G. Christopherson

Hella & Scott McVay

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.

 Additional support is provided by: Friends of State of the Arts